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Strategic Leadership: Skills From the War Room Applied to the Boardroom

April 11, 2018
Bethesda, MD

Member Price: $65
Non-Member Price: $95



In war, mistakes in strategy or execution result in serious consequences for our nation and, all too often, unnecessary loss of life. In the boardroom, directors are charged with overseeing corporate strategy, risk and high-impact executive decision making. Failures of oversight in the boardroom aren’t paid for in human casualties, but they can result in huge shareholder value losses, lost opportunities, and irreparable damage to the corporate brand.


Senior military leaders are exceptionally well trained to focus on strategy, oversee its execution, and guarantee mission success. And directors can gain valuable knowledge about board effectiveness by understanding what senior military leadership skills can be powerfully applied to the board room. Join us as General Norton A. Schwartz (USAF, Retired) unveils the similarities and secrets between military success and business success.


Key Takeaways

  • Strategy—forecasting future moves needed to bury your competition.
  • Risk Management—evaluating oncoming threats and avoiding flawed outcomes across the range of threats: cyber criminals, hostile acquisitions disruptive technology, tough regulation, oversight requirements, and many more.
  • Agility—understanding the secrets of strategic depth and freedom of maneuver, allowing for quick adaptability to market shifts.
  • Preservation—focusing on protecting those assets that are most critical to achieving the strategic aim, including the corporate brand.

Location and Time


Congressional Country Club
8500 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

Networking, Wine and Buffet Dinner with Delicious Cuisine: 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Program: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Post-Program Reception: 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Speaker Spotlight


General Norton A. Schwartz (USAF, Retired)

General Norton A. Schwartz (USAF, Retired) is the perfect senior military leader to convey those skills to NACD Capital Area Chapter Directors and guests. As the 19th Chief of Staff of the Unit States Air Force (2008-2012), and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Schwartz knows the "war room." His service to the nation spanned almost forty (40) years, and included an assignment as Deputy Commander, United States Special Operations Command. Today General Schwartz serves as the President and CEO of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), whose mission statement reads as follows: Apply best business practices to address the nation's most pressing security challenges.

General (ret) Schwartz will address the challenges associated with transition from a 40-year career in public service to the private sector. He will provide an assessment of likely strengths and skill deficiencies of former senior military personnel in transition based on his experience as Chief of Staff of the Air Force.




Question about this Event?

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