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Plenary Session II

Tuesday, May 1 | 9:35 am - 1:00 pm

Moderator(s): Frederick G. Barker II, MD, FAANS; Alex B. Valadka, MD, FAANS

Hall J; Ernest N. Morial
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12:18 pm - 12:58 pm

Cushing Orator

Gen. Stan McChrystal



General Stan McChrystal (retired) is the former Commander of the U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan, a best-selling author and co-founder of the McChrystal Group. A one-of-a-kind commander with a remarkable record of achievement, he is widely praised for creating a revolution in warfare that fused intelligence and operations.

McChrystal is also known for developing and implementing the counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the way military agencies interact and operate. A four-star general and former Green Beret, he is also the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. He is the author of two best-selling leadership books, My Share of the Task: A Memoir and Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. A dynamic speaker, McChrystal impresses audiences with field-tested leadership lessons, stressing a uniquely inclusive model that focuses on building teams capable of relentlessly pursuing results. Citing stories from his career, McChrystal reveals a four-star management strategy, concentrating on openness, teamwork and forward-thinking.