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Vern Clark

Admiral, United States Navy (Retired); former Chief of Naval Operations and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Distinguished Professor in Government and Leadership, Regent University


Leadership Lessons Learned
In the U.S. Navy, volumes are written on the lessons learned, which often involves an extensive and formal documentation process. Although there is no clear return on investment attributed to this specific methodology, the value of reviewing both successes and failures is critical, especially in the business of conflict and national security. In these scenarios, the bottom line may truly be a matter of life or death; however, simply having previous lessons learned as an available resource, does not ensure that others will apply those lessons. In this session, Admiral Clark will share about his experiences in the Navy and will explain how to make the lessons learned process come alive and be a valuable process and resource for years to come.


About the Speaker
Admiral Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005.  His Navy experience spans his early days in command of a Patrol Gunboat as a Lieutenant and concluded in the halls of the Pentagon as the Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In between, he commanded ships, two destroyer squadrons, the Atlantic Fleet’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, a Carrier Battle Group, the Second Fleet, NATO’s Striking Fleet and the Atlantic Fleet. His career is also marked by an unusual amount of joint service.  In the decade of the 1990s, seven of the 10 years were in the joint and combined area culminating in his assignment as the Director of the Joint Staff in Washington D.C. 

About Leadership Talks
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