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.
On Wednesday, February 5, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches will present Loren Mayor, President of Operations at NPR. The luncheon event will begin at noon at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Cohen Pavilion, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
In addition to determining what gets on the air at NPR, Loren was responsible for overhauling NPR’s newsroom after the head of their news department was accused of sexual harassment during the #MeToo movement. Loren has talked publicly about the changes made at NPR to prevent a situation like this from happening again and how to ensure all employees feel safe and valued.
As President, Operations, Loren oversees leadership of NPR’s Programming, Legal, HR, Business Development, Diversity, Engineering/IT/Distribution, Member Partnership, and Policy and Representation groups. Loren leads the organization on many strategies – from identifying new business opportunities to guiding NPR’s work to become a best in class employer. Loren is recognized across the public radio system for her commitment to public media and her ability to both set and execute vision, turning aspirations into measurable outcomes.
Loren joined NPR in 2012 and served as the organization’s COO and Senior Vice President of Strategy prior to her current role. She also held the role of Vice President of Strategy and Ventures at PBS, where she had served since 2008.
NPR is an independent, nonprofit media organization that was founded on a mission to create a more informed public. Every day, NPR connects with millions of Americans on the air, online, and in person to explore the news, ideas, and what it means to be human. Through its network of more than 1,000 member stations, NPR makes local stories national, national stories local, and global stories personal.
Tickets for this event will go on sale Tuesday, January 7, and can be reserved at www.forumclubpalmbeach.org or by calling (561) 881-9977.