Guest Speaker: Major General Brett T. Williams
Chief Operating Officer, IronNet Cybersecurity,
retired Air Force General and global cybercommand leader for
US Department of Defense, Leadership Coach

Overview:

Major General Brett Williams

Join us for this special presentation and interactive discussion with guest speaker, Major General Brett T. WilliamsGeneral Williams has held four executive leadership roles for a variety of large, complex organizations including as Director of Operations for U.S. Cyber Command for the Department of Defense and  Inspector General for Air Combat Command (US Air Force), before retiring and transitioning into the field of IT and cybersecurity. Currently, Brett is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer at IronNet Cybersecurity and a much sought-after Executive Leadership Coach specializing in multigenerational, technology leadership in large organizations.

 

About this topic and what we'll discuss:

"The Baby Boomers -- those who aren't retiring, at least -- have the benefit of experience. Generation X workers have patiently "waited their turn," and they feel that they should move into leadership positions by virtue of their working their way up. But companies are desperately in need of the technology skills, the flexibility and adaptability of millennials, and that's pushing many of them into leadership roles, which can be really disruptive." -- Dan Schawbel (Partner, Future Workplace, author of "Promote Yourself")

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THE BIG QUESTIONS:  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, within the next 5-10 years, every industry and business in the country will be losing a large segment of their workforce — especially those workers who are in management and leadership positions who will retire.

  • How can organizations empower employees to develop technology leadership skills for a diverse, multigenerational workforce that will drive responsible, ethical innovation (and profits!) in the future and through the massive, cultural changes that will disrupt the workforce by 2025?
  • What can employees who are not in leadership positions now do to fastrack their way into more leadership roles in the next 5 years (where the demand for leadership expertise is expected to explode)?
  • For startups, how can entrepreneurs develop leaders on limited funding to help them avoid the mistakes that big companies like Uber and WeWork made with their early leadership decisions?
  • And how might employee activism and techlash be used as an instrument to help companies redefine leadership, corporate culture, and customer engagement for the next era?

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About General Williams - a Lifetime of Leadership

"Leadership is technology agnostic.  No matter how much technology evolves the basic tenets of a good leader remain the same.  And good leaders can lead any organization even if you do not have native domain expertise.  I have proven this at least twice now in my career.  My basic approach to leadership at the executive level is that it is my job to provide vision, resources and motivation and then get out of the way.  Try to get people to operate on the principle of “beg forgiveness, don’t ask permission.”  In other words make sure they have the confidence to take risks, make decisions and move us forward." -- Major General Brett T. Williams

During his time as an Air Force General Officer, Brett Williams served in four senior executive leadership positions.  As the Director of Operations (J3) at U.S. Cyber Command, he led a team of 400 people responsible for the global operations and defense of all Department of Defense networks as well as the planning and execution of authorized offensive operations.  Prior to this position, he served as Director of Operations (A3O), U.S. Air Force, where he led the largest Air Staff directorate consisting of more than 1300 Airmen and civilians stationed world-wide.  In this role, he developed and justified the operations component of the annual $120B Air Force budget.

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Guest Speaker: Major General Brett T. Williams

COO, IronNet Cybersecurity, retired Air Force General Officer, Leadership Mentor

    Moderator: Charlie Oliver

    Founder and CEO, Tech 2025 and Served Fresh Media

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