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Gen. Martin Dempsey Speaker

General Martin Dempsey

    Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2011-2015); Chief of Staff, U.S. Army (2011); Currently Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy

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$50,000 - $100,000

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General Martin E. Dempsey recently retired after 41 years of military service.  During his time in the Army, he commanded a Cavalry Troop, a Tank Battalion, a Cavalry Regiment, a Tank Division, and United States Central Command where he was responsible for securing U.S. interests in the Middle East and South Asia. He served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom accumulating 42 months in combat.

General Dempsey is a 1974 graduate of West Point and has Master’s Degrees from Duke in Literature, from the Army Command & General Staff College in Military Science, and from the National War College in National Security Strategy. He also has an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law from Notre Dame University. 

His military awards include the Bronze Star with valor device, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and Distinguished Service Medals from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard as well as awards from other Departments in the United States Government including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency. He has received awards from many of our allies including France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Singapore. 

In the past five years he served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Army and then as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff he was the senior officer in the Armed Forces and the military advisor to the Secretary of Defense and to the President. 

In 2015, General Dempsey was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time magazine. In March of this year, he was inducted into the Irish-America Hall of Fame, and in May he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. On 17 October, 2016, Queen Elizabeth II made General Dempsey an Honorary Knight of the British Empire.

General Dempsey and his wife, Deanie, have been married for 39 years. They served the military as a team, and Deanie was instrumental in supporting military families and championing many of the family programs that have been critical to our success over the past 14 years of conflict. 

Marty and Deanie have three children and nine grandchildren. Each of their three children served in the Army, and their son, Chris, continues to serve as a Major recently assigned to the Pentagon.

General Dempsey’s post-military career includes a teaching position at Duke University in public policy and leadership, a role as the Special Advisor to the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association for leader development and youth programs, and motivational speaking through the Washington Speakers’ Bureau.

Cyber: New Threats in a World Driven by Rapid and Profound Change

We live in an unpredictable and increasingly volatile global security environment. As globalization is impacting nearly every aspect of human activity, people, products and information are flowing across borders at unprecedented speed and volume, acting as catalysts for economic development while also increasing societal tensions, competition for resources and political instability. The recent hacks at Sony, Target and Neiman Marcus serve as prime examples of how vulnerable many technology and security systems truly are. In this presentation, General Dempsey provides rich insight to the impacts of a new cyber domain on security, business and legislation, and will inform and captivate audiences of any industry mindful of the rapidly changing and complex nature of this increasing threat.

Leading Organizational Change: Capturing Innovation and Efficiencies While Operating in Complexity

Global disorder has significantly increased while some of our comparative advantage has begun to erode. CEOs and leaders face similar challenges, and like the U.S. do not often have the luxury to focus on one problem at a time. Throughout his tenure, General Dempsey made leadership development a priority and focused on capturing innovation and efficiencies to build creative, adaptive professionals skilled at leading organizational change while operating in complexity. He firmly believes in the imperative nature of developing leaders of competence, character and consequence in order to address the challenges of the 21st Century. During this presentation, he examines strategies to foster innovation, explores a balance of certain attributes, places an emphasis on relationships and dives into efficient and focused processes that will help any organization accomplish their strategic objectives.

America’s Role in the World Today: A Look at Globalization, the Diffusion of Technology and Global Demographic Shifts

America is not unfamiliar with unique advantages in many industries; however, from technology and energy to demographics, many of these advantages are being challenged in the 21st Century. Key factors impacting the current global landscape are globalization, diffusion of technology and global demographic shifts. The U.S. faces multiple challenges from traditional state actors and will need to rapidly adapt as new threats will have increasing implications on the U.S. homeland. Having spent much of his career working around the globe, General Dempsey is uniquely positioned to offer unmatched insights on a changing world. From North Korea, Russia and Iran, to Africa, Europe and Asia, to America’s role in the world today, Dempsey is able to address the day’s most pressing issues and how these changes directly impact your business in this captivating and eye-opening presentation.

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