Decorated military leader, Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches for a luncheon event and book signing on Friday, May 31st, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
In his 37 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Admiral McRaven commanded at every level. His final assignment as a Four-Star Admiral was Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces, during which time he led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide. Admiral McRaven is credited with organizing and overseeing the execution of Operation Neptune Spear, the special ops raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden in May 2011. He also commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Richard Phillips.
Admiral McRaven is a distinguished national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. He has been recognized for his leadership numerous times by national and international publications and organizations. He was the first runner-up for TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2011 and has received the Republic of France’s Legion d’Honneur, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association’s National Award and the National Intelligence Award, among others.
After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Admiral McRaven served as Chancellor of the University of Texas System, where he led one of the nation’s largest and most respected systems of higher education. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Make Your Bed. Copies of his new book, Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, detailing stories of bravery and heroism from his career as a U.S. Navy SEAL and Commander of America’s Special Operations Forces, will be available for purchase at the event thanks to a partnership with the Palm Beach Bookstore.
At a time when much of the world is still navigating the coronavirus, Florida’s recovery may be further complicated by the upcoming start of hurricane season. Overseeing the state’s emergency response on both fronts, Jared Moskowitz will join the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on June 4th at noon for a virtual lunch, where he will provide an update on Florida’s action to date and how it plans to weather additional threats to the Sunshine State.
Jared Moskowitz was appointed Director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management by Governor Ron DeSantis in January 2019. As former General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development for AshBritt Environmental, Jared brings more than a decade of experience in disaster recovery and response to the Division of Emergency Management. In that role, Jared supported response and recovery efforts in Florida after Hurricanes Irma, Matthew, Michael and Hermine. He also responded to the 2017 wildfires in California as well as to Superstorm Sandy, which struck the Northeastern United States in 2012.
Jared also served from 2012-2019 as State Representative for District 97, representing Coral Springs, Tamarac, Sunrise and Plantation. During his tenure in the Florida Legislature, Jared served on the House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness, which was created in response to Hurricane Irma.
Jared’s foray into public service officially began in 2006, when he was elected at the age of 25 to the Parkland City Commission while he was a law student at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University.
Most recently, Jared has been a tireless advocate for school safety following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As the only Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduate serving in the Florida Legislature, Jared helped draft the bipartisan Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act, which was the first comprehensive mental health, school safety and gun control bill of its kind in over 20 years.
“In a time of global instability, perhaps our nation’s most distinguished public servant, Robert M. Gates, has given us a compelling, thought-provoking, and much-needed assessment of how we got here — and what must be done to restore and extend the best of American power.”
– Jon Meacham
The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches is proud to present Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates at a virtual lunch on Monday, June 22, at noon. During the program, Secretary Gates will discuss how the global perception of the United States since the end of the Cold War has progressively morphed from dominant international leader to disorganized entity, seemingly unwilling to accept the mantle of leadership or unable to govern itself effectively.
Gates served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before being appointed director of the agency. He is the only career officer in the CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to Director.
A member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations, Gates served eight presidents of both political parties. He was president of Texas A&M University from 2002 to 2006, is currently chancellor of the College of William & Mary, was national president of the Boy Scouts of America from 2014 to 2016, and has served on several corporate boards of directors. In 2018, he became chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships.
Gates is also the author of the soon-to-be-released EXERCISE OF POWER: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World. In the book, he argues that the transformation in the global perception of the United States is the result of the failure of political leaders to understand the complexity of American power, its expansiveness, and its limitations. With forthright judgments of the performance of past presidents and their senior-most advisers, firsthand knowledge, and insider stories, Gates argues that U.S. national security in the future will require learning, and abiding by, the lessons of the past, and re-creating those capabilities that the misuse of power has cost the nation. During the Forum Club’s virtual lunch, he will personally share these insights and more.