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Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
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Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Decorated Admiral and archetype of exemplary leadership addressing security concerns in a technologically transforming world.

16th Supreme Allied Commander, NATO; Operating Executive, Carlyle Group

Expertise In:

  • Cyber Security
  • Terrorism
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Risk Management
  • National Security

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Corporations
  • Senior Management Groups
  • The Finance Industry
  • The Professional Services Industry

A distinguished leader and longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military history, James Stavridis provides answers and strategies to address the most pressing global affairs challenges.

Admiral James Stavridis served as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. A retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy, and cyber security. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. In 2016, Admiral Stavridis was vetted as a Vice Presidential candidate by the Hilary Clinton campaign, and after the election was invited to meet with President Elect Trump to discuss a cabinet level position in the Trump Administration.

Earlier in his military career he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. Admiral Stavridis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations and has published six books and over two hundred articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over 700K hits, and he speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME  magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He also joined The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive, and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st Century.

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Beyond the Horizon: 21st Century Global Security and Risk

After nearly 10 years at the four-star level as a global combatant commander and senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Admiral James Stavridis gives a global overview of risks, opportunities and strategies for successfully creating a secure nation, government and business community. This tour d’horizon is very effective for business audiences investing worldwide.

Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security

Emerging security concerns will be addressed in the future with a combination of cyber capabilities, unmanned vehicles and drones and special operations forces. In particular, the reach and function of cyber tools will change how we view the world and keep ourselves safe in it. Admiral James Stavridis lays out the future of 21st century security tools that are very nontraditional in their reach and application. He describes for audiences how the world of international defense is fundamentally changing before our eyes, and how that will impact business, personal life and the global marketplace.

Building a Culture of Strategic Communications

The key to realizing opportunity in virtually any venue is effective communication. Admiral James Stavridis provides an overview of how to create a culture that is conducive to moving a message both traditionally and non-traditionally in media, especially at the senior level. He focuses on every aspect of communication—from publishing and journalism to the emerging social networks.

The Secret to Being an Effective Leader

Based on James Stavridis’ nearly four decades of military service, he advocates a unique model of “leader as servant.” He believes in the power of people and shares with audiences specific ways to unlock their strength through positive reinforcement and innovative incentive systems. In particular, he helps audiences leverage lessons learned from their own experiences, understand how to identify role models and gain insight into leadership strategies from other cultures—both the positives and negatives.


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