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Director, CIA (2011-2012); Commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan (2010-2011); Partner, KKR

A highly decorated general and one of the most prominent combat commanders in American history, David H. Petraeus has dedicated his life to public service, leading military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and then serving as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus—a highly decorated four-star general, whose distinguished military career spanned over 37 years and culminated in six straight commands (five of which were in combat)—addresses the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century. Widely credited for changing the course of two wars—by dramatically reducing the violence in Iraq when he led the so-called “Surge” and by halting the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan when he led the operation there—Petraeus was also instrumental in reshaping American military doctrine and then in implementing it when he led the conduct of comprehensive civil-military counterinsurgency campaigns. Serving in multiple campaigns—including nearly seven years deployed following 9-11—Petraeus has been described as one of the “great battle captains of American history.” His command during many years in combat has resulted in comparisons to Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Following his military service, Petraeus led the CIA, where he oversaw significant achievements in America’s global counterterrorism campaign, pursued a substantial initiative to increase worldwide intelligence coverage, guided the development of a strategic plan for the agency and oversaw the establishment of a new Economic Security Center. Petraeus has received numerous prestigious U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations awards, including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, three Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Additionally, he has been decorated by 13 foreign countries. Petraeus is a Partner at KKR (a global private equity firm), and currently serves as chairman of the Global Institute of KKR and a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California.

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Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)’s Speech Topics

  • “Tell Me How This Ends?”: Understanding the Pandemic and its Implications for the US and the World

    “Tell Me How This Ends?” At the time a Major General, David Petraeus asked this question during the first weeks of the invasion of Iraq, recognizing early on that the assumptions about what would transpire were proving invalid. Having since commanded the Surge in Iraq, US Central Command, and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, as well as having served as Director of the CIA and a Professor and Fellow at prominent universities, General Petraeus (US Army, Ret.) seeks to answer that same question, but this time with respect to the ongoing global pandemic. Drawing on his 38-1/2 years in government, his academic endeavors, and his current role as a Partner in the global investment firm KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, General Petraeus will explore how the pandemic will end and discuss the implications of the pandemic for the global economy, geopolitics, the US economy, the US-China relationship, and business and consumer behavior. Assessing the challenges during this unprecedented time, General Petraeus will leave your audience with a vastly better understanding of the world today and a look at the future that lies ahead – which will not, as he explains, be a swift return to what we knew as normal before the onset of the pandemic.

  • Leadership in the Face of Adversity

    A highly decorated general and one of the most prominent combat commanders in American history, General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Ret.) dedicated his life to public service, ultimately leading the military campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the greater Middle East, and then serving as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. As one of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General Petraeus led US and Coalition Forces in the most significant global challenges of the post-9/11 period and is regarded as one of the “great battle captains of American history.” In this conversation, he draws on his 38-1/2 years of public service experience and his subsequent 7 years in the private sector to share his strategic insights and perspective on leading in the face of adversity and guiding organizational change to help you address the most pressing challenges facing your organization. Whether you are an up and coming leader within your organization or a seasoned C-suite executive, General Petraeus will provide you with the leadership ideas, intellectual construct, and techniques necessary to make tough decisions in the face of adversity and be a resilient, effective strategic leader.

  • Business Consulting from Gen. David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.): Strategic Leadership in the 21st Century

    Bringing in a business consultant can challenge you and your organization to think differently about your business. Whether you are a new leader seeking a renewed vision for your company or a seasoned C-Suite executive exploring new trends in the marketplace, they provide the deep, strategic insights and much-needed perspective to help you make confident and profitable decisions.

    One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus has addressed the most significant global challenges of our time — including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends, and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century. Widely credited for changing the course of two wars, and regarded as one of the “great battle captains of American history,” Gen. Petreaus was instrumental in reshaping American military doctrine. He leans on his distinguished public service experience to help your executive leadership team address the most pressing challenges facing your organization.

    His advisory topics include:

    • Corporate Security Strategies
    • Crisis Management
    • Cyber Security Solutions
    • Global Economic Insights
    • Global Opportunities
    • Harnessing Big Data
    • Leadership
    • National Security Insights
    • U.S. Foreign Policy

     

  • Conversation with General David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

    General Petraeus invites audiences to participate in a moderated question and answer session where he addresses the significant global challenges facing countries and organizations today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends, energy policy and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century. Audiences are given unprecedented access to one of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history as he takes questions from the interviewer and the audience for an engaging, dynamic and thought-provoking discussion.

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

The segment with Gen. Petraeus went very well. He is an impressive and charismatic guy, and his intellectual incandescence is very obvious.

Utility

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

General Petraeus was fantastic on the podium in the Debate Chamber at Old Parkland. We had a full house because of his presentation.

Real Estate

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

General Petraeus was wonderful and our members and guests were delighted with the event. He was gracious during the reception and brilliant on stage.

World Affairs Groups

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

General Petraeus provided an incredible experience for our YPO membership to kickoff our season. His insights on global issues, macroeconomics and geopolitical views captivated us all as well his views on the tasks for strategic leadership. “Winter is always coming” he said, “as leaders we must be prepared.” He commanded a record attendance and provided for a truly “Only-in-YPO” experience for our membership.

YPO/WPO/Young Entrepreneurs

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

Overall this was an outstanding event that got rated a 9.4 out of 10 from our chapter – high marks! General Petraeus was gracious and flexible on-site and his answers during the moderated conversation (a perfect format) were very thorough – a credit to his knowledge. The comments we received regarding his presentation were nothing but positive and we consider the event to be a huge success. Thanks to WSB for helping us put it together!

YPO/WPO/Young Entrepreneurs

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

The General was great! Everyone really liked him at the YPO event.

YPO/WPO/Young Entrepreneurs

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

The YPO event was just wonderful. Petraeus really is astounding in his encyclopedic breadth intellectually, obviously in his experience, but he tours the world so succinctly and insightfully. It was something special.

YPO/WPO/Young Entrepreneurs

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

The General was fantastic. It was truly a great event. The group loved him.

YPO/WPO/Young Entrepreneurs

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

We were elated with General Petraeus’ performance at our event. He arrived fully prepared and put his powerful eloquence and intellect on full display. He made the audience think – and laugh. People went home not just better informed, but inspired. We were also very impressed with how personable General Petraeus is with whomever he interacts, and how easy and enjoyable is to work with him. He is both a great man and a great guy.

Non-Profit

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

The general was a significant hit and our inboxes are full of positive feedback and we’ve received a lot of calls as well. He’s the right speaker for so many reasons.

Open-ticketed

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

The General delivered a masterpiece. His insights on diplomacy, security, economics and leadership were utterly captivating. Seeing our large dinner audience remain at attention for the whole conversation and hearing many rave reviews since then tells me that mine is a consensus opinion.

Legal

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

General Petraeus comes across in the media as an impressive, candid, and intelligent scholar-warrior. An American hero. In person, in small group meetings with undergraduates, graduates, and faculty, and then in a large group event, he is even more impressive. He had many interesting insights into the events of the past dozen years, events he personally played a pivotal role in shaping. But he may have had even more interesting insights into what the next several dozen years might look like, by virtue of his new perch at KKR.

Universities & Colleges

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

The visit by General David Petraeus to Colgate University was the high light of Family Weekend for the fall of 2017. He packed the Colgate Chapel and two overflow rooms, and he gave an excellent 40 minute address on “Strategic Challenges in US Foreign Policy and National Security,” followed by a lively Q and A from the audience for another 50 minutes. The reaction from parents, students, and local citizens was enthusiastic – with high praise for his knowledge of world affairs and warm rapport with the audience. He was also very gracious at dinner and with his time afterward for drinks. I personally was very impressed with his detailed and sophisticated understanding of the world situation and with his character as a military leader and genuine human being. ‘Outstanding,’ as they say in the Army.

Universities & Colleges

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

Special thanks to General Petraeus for participating in our recent Tate Lecture Series. We were overwhelmed by the rave reviews and positive feedback we received from the sold out crowd. We particularly appreciated him sharing the challenges he faced early in his career, his experience leading the surge, and how he’d counsel the President if he were part of the administration. General Petraeus provided our subscribers with an experience to remember and reflect upon for years to come.

Universities & Colleges

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

General David Petraeus is one of the most fascinating personalities of present history which was clearly reflected in his inspiring speech delivered at the international Negotiation Conference in Zurich. General Petraeus has the unmatched ability to communicate tough truths in a positive and personal manner, allowing the audience to connect with him and follow his vision. Listeners experience 100% Petraeus leadership, tested in battle, when he talks about how to develop a big idea, how to guarantee commitment, how to oversee execution, and how to systematically refine the strategy for a continuous strive towards excellence. It has been a greatest honor to welcome the General at our conference and it would be our greatest delight to have him again.

Education Programs

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

We have heard only positive feedback from all those who felt extremely privileged to listen to the enlightening views shared by General Petraeus and the panel.

Financial Services

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

Frank…incredibly dedicated.. deeply engaged in our conversation (re note-taking)…shame he’s not in the Administration…very generous with his time.

Financial Services

What other organizations say about Gen. David H. Petraeus (US Army, Retired)

General Petraeus was gracious, eloquent and a real draw for the Houston community. His insight on the geopolitical issues of the day, understanding of the peoples and cultures involved, and ability to assess varying perspective, is truly unmatched. We had substantial attendance for our luncheon event and received superb feedback all around.

World Affairs Groups

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