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Battlefield Lessons From Military Leaders

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Thriving under pressure. Coming together in make-or-break moments. Moving on after failure and celebrating hard-fought wins.

So many of the lessons we hear from military greats apply beyond the battlefield. If you are interested in bringing heart-pounding stories of teamwork, determination, and leadership to life at your next event, consider booking one of these legendary military speakers.

military speakers on Teamwork

  • Scott Moore, Former Navy SEAL Team Leader who shares his three steps for building “no-fail” teams
  • Jake Harriman, Former Marine and founder of Nuru International, who talks about empowering teams to develop their own solutions
  • Kristin Beck, Former Navy SEAL and the first openly transgender Navy SEAL, who shares inspiring lessons for forming camaraderie despite our differences
  • William McNulty, Retired Marine and Co-Founder of Team Rubicon, who talks about working together in the face of enormous obstacles
  • Carey Lohrenz, World’s 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot

military speakers on Determination

  • Rob O’Neill, Former Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author of The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior, who helps audiences develop a “Never Quit” mentality
  • Lisa Jaster, One of America’s first female Army Rangers, who lives by the motto “There is no quitting”
  • Rob Jones, Retired Marine Sergeant and Paralymic Bronze Medalist, who shares his strategies for staying motivated and pushing past fear 
  • Nicole Malachowski, America’s first woman Thunderbird pilot, who encourages audiences to ask, “Why not me?”

military speakers on Leadership

  • Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan whose new book Leaders: Myth and Reality is out this fall
  • Admiral Michael Rogers, former Director of the NSA (2014-2018) and Commander of US Cyber Command who talks about leading in the face of crisis and change, as well as what leadership in the future will require
  • Gen. John Allen, former Commander of NATO and US Forces in Afghanistan who shares his collaborative approach to leadership learned while commanding an entire theater of war
  • Jeff Eggers, Former Navy SEAL and President Obama’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, and co-author of Leaders: Myth and Reality

Learn more about each of these speakers below: 

Scott Moore

Former Navy SEAL Team Leader who shares his three steps for building “no-fail” teams

Having served 30 years as a SEAL leader, retired Rear Admiral Scott Moore is a master in organizational leadership and team building. He served in every leadership position in the SEAL teams, including the former commander of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, and closed out his career as the number two leader in the entire SEAL organization. Rear Admiral Scott Moore offers audiences a once in a lifetime glimpse into the mind of the man whose uncanny operational skill and invaluable leadership experience make him one of the few who knows what it takes to both create and lead the world’s most high-performing teams.

Jake Harriman

Former Marine and founder of Nuru International, who talks about empowering teams to develop their own solutions

Jake Harriman is the founder and CEO of Nuru International, a U.S.-based social venture that empowers individuals living in remote and rural areas to combat extreme poverty in their communities. Jake was inspired to found Nuru after being faced with the effects of extreme poverty in war-torn regions of the world during four tours of duty in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He shares stories that are equal parts heart-breaking, gripping, and hilarious to illustrate the importance of strong leadership in war and business. 


Kristin Beck

Former Navy SEAL and the first openly transgender Navy SEAL, who shares inspiring lessons for forming camaraderie despite our differences

Kristin Beck is a retired United States Navy SEAL, who served for more than 20 years in the Special Operations Forces, as well as a civil rights advocate. Over the course of 13 deployments and seven combat deployments, she conducted special operations with small UAVs, HUMINT, and Direct Action missions. For decades, Kristin Beck hid her true self from her brothers in arms, family, and friends. Now, as the nation’s first openly transgender Navy SEAL, Kristin reflects on her years of honorable service and her many accolades, as well as her life beyond the Navy, including her journey to human rights activist. 

William McNulty

Retired Marine and Co-Founder of Team Rubicon, who talks about working together in the face of enormous obstacles

William McNulty is the co-founder Team Rubicon and the founder of Team Rubicon Global an NGO that deploys teams of military veterans in response to natural disasters. Under McNulty’s leadership, Team Rubicon has grown from a group of four operators who traveled to Haiti in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake to a volunteer army of over 60,000 members. McNulty explains how “embracing the suck” has served as a guiding principle since his Marine days, leading to the launch of Team Rubicon, and why outlook is everything.

CAREY LOHRENZ

World’s 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the US Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. Carey is now a leadership expert and keynote speaker who inspires audiences around the world to lead with courage and be fearless! Her powerful messages of leadership, tenacity, commitment to excellence, and resilience will challenge, inform, and inspire you and your team to achieve peak performance. In her inspirational keynotes and motivational programs, Carey shares the fundamentals that helped her win in the cockpit at Mach 2, and can help your team win in business. The same challenges are found in business: Markets change, customer needs evolve, emerging technologies disrupt your industry, and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk. In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, she shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments: An aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors, and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world. Her timely message about high-performing teams and developing a culture of learning is based on the best-practices of high reliability organizations. 

Rob O’Neill

Former Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling Author of The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior, who helps audiences develop a “Never Quit” mentality

Robert O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time and the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior. A former SEAL Team Six leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, he deployed more than a dozen times and held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war.  O’Neill explains to audiences how the best of the military’s best approach strategic planning when mission failure is not an option. 


Lisa Jaster

One of the 1st Female US Army Rangers who lives by the motto “There is no quitting”

Army Major Lisa Jaster is a soldier, an engineer, a wife and mother, and a trailblazer. One of only three women to graduate from the first integrated United States Army Ranger program—one of the most difficult combat training courses in the world—Lisa was the first female Army Reserve officer to become a Ranger. Jaster explains why she felt it was so important to attend Ranger School, how she stayed motivated during those dark moments, and why “Once you think about quitting, you let the quit in you.” 


Rob Jones

Retired Marine Sergeant and Paralymic Bronze Medalist, who shares his strategies for staying motivated and pushing past fear 

Retired Marine Sergeant and Paralympic Bronze Medalist, Rob Jones’ life is synonymous with fearless perseverance. A former Lance Corporal in the Marines, Rob served two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2008 and 2010. In 2010, he was struck and injured by a land mine, resulting in a double above-the-knee leg amputation. Since being discharged honorably from the Marines, Rob Jones has continued to motivate himself to achieve new heights. He shares his story of perseverance and the tricks he uses to stay inspired and keep reaching—including his belief that the best way to improve yourself is by willingly taking on new struggles.


Nicole Malachowski

1st Female Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, & Fighter Squadron Commander who encourages audiences to ask, “Why not me?”

A 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) wanted to fly military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show when she was five years old. She achieved that goal—and then some. A former fighter squadron commander and mission-ready pilot in three operational fighter squadrons and the first woman to fly on the Air Force Thunderbirds, Nicole has the perfect message to inspire audiences to think differently about the headwinds of change they face—organizationally and personally. 


Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Former Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan whose new book Leaders: Myth and Reality is out this fall

A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley McChrystal is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations. A four-star general, he is the former commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. General Stan McChrystal shares lessons based on leading and innovating one of the world’s largest organizations. Modern warfare and business demand the same no-nonsense leadership that drives change and implements it across large organizations. 


Admiral Michael Rogers

Former Director of the NSA and Commander of US Cyber Command who talks about leading in the face of crisis and change, as well as what leadership in the future will require

Admiral Michael Rogers is the former director of the National Security Agency (NSA), the former chief of Central Security Service, and the former commander of US Cyber Command. One of the most-knowledgeable intelligence professionals and cyber security experts on the lecture circuit, Rogers assumed those posts in April of 2014 and retired in June of 2018, marking 37 years of service. Offering both a technical perspective and a policy perspective that looks at pertinent issues domestically and globally, Rogers argues for an allied government, industry, and private sector approach to ensure American prosperity and peace.


Gen. John Allen

Former Commander of NATO and US Forces in Afghanistan who shares his collaborative approach to leadership learned while commanding an entire theater of war

General John Allen is one of the nation’s most legendary military leaders and most respected thought leaders on US-global engagement and leadership of large, complex organizations. When President Barack Obama created the appointment of special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General Allen was the first American tapped to confront the Islamic State terror group. Through eye-opening and at times emotional anecdotes about bearing the brunt of battlefield challenges alongside the people you lead, leading with both “heart and fist,” and why he believes we’re living amongst a new “greatest generation, “Allen inspires audiences to build more cohesive and adaptable organizations.


Jeff Eggers

Former Navy SEAL and President Obama’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, and co-author of Leaders: Myth and Reality

Jeff Eggers is a senior policy advisor, security professional, executive coach, and leadership consultant with more than 20 years experience leading high-performing teams for the White House, Department of Defense, and US Navy. A trusted advisor to senior US government officials, Eggers served as President Obama’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, where he oversaw critical and sensitive aspects of US foreign and national security policy. Jeff presents a road map for leadership in an unpredictable world and leaves audiences with a better understanding of where they are today and where they need to go to get ahead. 

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