Adm. William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.)
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Adm. William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.)

Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (2011-2014); Commander of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (2008-2011); Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Europe and Director of NATO Special Operations Forces Coordination Centre (2006-2008)

William McRaven, a retired four-star admiral, 37-year veteran of the United States Navy and best-selling author, draws on his extraordinary experiences to offer audiences insight on U.S. foreign policy, the current geopolitical environment, authority amidst uncertainty, overcoming adversity, and the determination to succeed.

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Leadership and Risk Management: Taking Command

Admiral William H. McRaven captivates audiences with his exceptional leadership experiences, exploring today’s geopolitical environment and a look forward to America’s place in an ever-changing global community. His principles of leadership and risk management are applicable to any organization and he firmly believes in the necessity of preparation, order and discipline, knowing that they are naught without a distinct and meaningful purpose or goal. He shares impactful narratives, lessons and insights on authority amidst turmoil and instability, the force of teamwork and personal initiative, resilience in the face of opposition, and the unconditional importance of never giving up. He challenges his audience and encourages them to accept responsibility, be creative within the rules, take control of their circumstances, and maintain focus during times of conflict. Audience members are inspired to apply McRaven’s diligence, courage and risk management strategies to their own lives and put in place the tools that will help them not only succeed within their organization but also reach new levels of achievement. 

A Conversation with Admiral William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.)

In this moderated discussion, Admiral William H. McRaven eloquently draws on his extensive career of 37 years of service as a Navy SEAL. The discussion addresses issues such as U.S. foreign policy, the current geopolitical landscape, leadership during high-stress situations, risk management, teamwork, resilience in the face of adversity, resourcefulness, personal accountability, and the determination to succeed. His presentations are distinctive and customized to meet the needs of your audience.

Meet Adm. William H. McRaven, USN (Ret.)

William McRaven, a retired four-star admiral, 37-year veteran of the United States Navy and best-selling author, draws on his extraordinary experiences to offer audiences insight on U.S. foreign policy, the current geopolitical environment, authority amidst uncertainty, overcoming adversity, and the determination to succeed.

A retired four-star admiral with 37 years of service as a Navy SEAL, Admiral William H. McRaven most recently served as the ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, leading 69,000 men and women with an annual budget of over ten billion dollars. The U.S. Special Operations Command is responsible for conducting counterterrorism operations worldwide as well as building reliable military partners through programs stressing the rule of law, universal rights, civil liberties, and military professionalism. He is a recognized authority on U.S. foreign policy, and during his career served two years on the National Security Council staff under President George W. Bush. As a three- and four-star admiral, he was routinely involved in national policy decisions during both the Bush and Obama Administrations. He is the author of Spec Ops (1995), based on his theory of why special operations succeed against seemingly impossible odds. Spec Ops continues to be one of the most widely read books on special operations in the military. His best-selling book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World (April 4, 2017), reveals the ten fundamental life lessons that Admiral McRaven learned in Navy Seal training that help readers face and overcome challenges in their lives and ultimately change the world.

In 2012, McRaven was named one of the nation’s top 10 foreign policy experts by Foreign Policy magazine and was later selected as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2014, Politico magazine named him one of the Politico 50, citing his leadership as instrumental in cutting though Washington bureaucracy. Additionally, Forbes magazine named McRaven to their list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015. McRaven currently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in January 2015 he assumed the role as chancellor of the University of Texas System. He draws on his extraordinary experiences to impart audiences with personal narratives and candid insight on U.S. foreign policy, the current geopolitical landscape, risk management, team work, personal accountability, resilience and leadership.

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