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General Stanley McChrystal - Participant

A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General (Ret.) Stan McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Stan founded McChrystal Group in January 2011 to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses in order to help them transform and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments. As Founder and a Managing Partner, he advises senior executives at multinational corporations on navigating complex change and building stronger teams.

A retired four-star general, Stan is the former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a cohesive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.

Stan is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Naval War College. He also completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Throughout his military career, Stan commanded a number of elite organizations, including the 75th Ranger Regiment. After 9/11 until his retirement in 2010, he spent more than 7 years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership positions. In 2002, he was the chief of staff for military operations in Afghanistan. From 2003 to 2008, he commanded JSOC, where he led the US Military’s counter-terrorism efforts worldwide. From the summer of 2008 until June 2009, he was the Director of the Joint Staff, where he assisted the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in advising the President and Secretary of Defense. In June 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed him to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. On August 1, 2010 he retired from the US Army.

Stan is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He also sits on the board of the Franklin Project, Navistar International Corporation, and JetBlue. He is a highly sought-after speaker, giving speeches on leadership to organizations around the country. In 2013, Stan published his memoir, My Share of the Task, which was a New York Times bestseller; and is an author of Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2015.

A passionate advocate for national service and veterans' issues, Stan is the Chairman of the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute. In this capacity, he advocates for a future in which a year of full-time national service—a service year—is a cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American.



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