Craig B. Whelden

Craig’s leadership journey started when he became an Eagle Scout at age 14.  Thirty years later, he became the youngest General in the United States Army.  Combined with another nine years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. Marine Corps,  he has over 17 years at the highest levels of the U.S. military, leading thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and civilians, while serving in Europe and in the Pacific. Now a Global “Fortune 500” speaker and three-time, award-winning, #1 international best-selling author, he is among the world’s foremost experts on:•  Inspirational Leadership   •  Effective Communications   •  Crisis Management   •  Working in Uncertain Times   •  Goal-setting and Achieving Life’s Balance

A “master storyteller,” he uses the lessons from his life to weave together take-aways on improving life, work, leadership, and interpersonal habits…

Craig B. Whelden


Inspirational Leadership in Challenging Times

Largely drawn from his three-time award-winning and #1 International best-selling book, Leadership: The Art of Inspiring People to Be Their Best, Craig passes on decades of leadership and life lessons -- both good and bad – told in a compelling and sometimes very personal way. Thousands around the world have heard his inspirational message and have read his book.

Implications of a Rising China

With more than a dozen years in the Pacific – as an Army General Officer and a Senior Executive with the Marine Corps -- Craig had a front row seat to China’s hegemonic activities and bullying of its neighbors. This presentation explores what is happening on the other side of the world: geopolitically, militarily, and economically as China expands its sphere of influence. You will learn about the strategic importance of the Malacca Strait, the South China Sea, the exploding growth of the Peoples Liberation Army, and China’s encroachment on the “second island chain” – where the U.S. begins its day: in Guam.

9/11: A Personal Reflection

Present at the Pentagon on 9/11, Craig spent the next two days helping first responders at the crash site. Upon his return to Hawaii, he led the initiative to secure the state, an effort that resulted in national recognition. Hear his insights into the challenges of responding to a disaster of this scale and learn more about the intended targets in Washington D.C. and the breakdown in intelligence that led to the attack.

Books by this speaker

Leadership - The Art of Inspiring People to Be Their Best