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William McNulty

Co-Founder, Team Rubicon; Founder, Team Rubicon Global

  • Co-founded and grew Team Rubicon to a global presence and volunteer army of over 60,000
  • Led response teams in response to the decade's worst natural disasters including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
  • Moving stories filled with lessons on utilizing your workforce to the best of their abilities

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Generations & DemographicsInspiration & MotivationRelationship BuildingTeamworkCrisis ManagementCorporate Culture

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. Over the past seven years, Team Rubicon has deployed on more than 225 operations, with a team that is 75% veteran, including international operations in Burma, Dominica, Greece, Nepal, South Sudan, and Pakistan. Through Team Rubicon Global, McNulty launched Team Rubicon relief organizations in Australia, Canada, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Team Rubicon has responded to several of America’s largest natural disaster crises including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Sandy. A 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar and recipient of numerous leadership and service awards, McNulty is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau. Captivating and inspiring, his presentations look at building purpose-driven cultures, finding productive ways to embrace and push past difficult moments or audacious goals, building and scaling a brand globally, and pursuing innovative methods to solve age-old problems.

Humble and genuine, McNulty shares his personal story of coping with the service void in his life after his Marine Corps enlistment ended, as well as how that void led to the idea for Team Rubicon. Realizing a symbiotic need for purpose and community within the veteran population—and a desperate need for skilled first responders in the aftermath of disaster—McNulty shares how he laid the groundwork for Team Rubicon and how he built consensus around his innovative new model. Pulling out specific lessons for each audience, he talks about implementing Team Rubicon domestically and globally, and inspires groups to build cultures of purpose, tackle problems that seem out of reach, and find new opportunities for injecting meaning and hope in the everyday.

Before founding Team Rubicon, McNulty served for nine years in both the infantry and intelligence, and worked for the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council’s Iraq Threat Finance Cell. McNulty currently serves on the Board of Directors of Airlink Flight, Team Rubicon Australia, Team Rubicon Canada, Team Rubicon Norway, Team Rubicon UK, Team Rubicon USA, Team Rubicon Global, and the Advisory Board of the Truman National Security Project. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He is a recipient of numerous awards including, a 2017 Honorary PhD in Humane Letters from the University of Kansas; 2016 Presidential Delegation to the Invictus Games; 2015 Heinz Award for the Human Condition; 2014 Purpose Economy 100; 2012 Grinnell College Young Social Innovator of the Year; and the 2010 Johns Hopkins University Government Service Alumni Award. He holds a BA in economics and communication studies from the University of Kansas and an MA in government from Johns Hopkins University.

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