2009 General Audit Management (GAM) Conference: Session Detail

GS4: WEDNESDAY MARCH 18, 2009, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

Leadership and Accountability in Times of Crisis

Kirk Lippold
Former Commander of the USS Cole and President, United States Navy (Ret.) and Base to Peak, LLC
  • Discuss how the privilege and burden of leadership comes with an accountability that many aspire to emulate and anyone can rise up to and achieve.
  • Hear about Commander Lippold's experience with a devastating suicide terrorist attack.
  • Discover how the bedrock principle of integrity created an environment for leadership where his crew felt imbued with a sense of ownership as they seized the opportunity to be responsible for their ship and not just their jobs.



Presenter Biography: Kirk Lippold

Kirk Lippold was the commanding officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen. During his command, he and his crew distinguished themselves by saving the American war ship from sinking. With this unique and invaluable experience, Lippold has briefed more than 2,500 military officers and given more than 125 presentations on this seminal event in the war on terrorism. Prior to the USS Cole, Lippold held a variety of positions within the Navy, and he has received a number of awards. Currently, he is president of Base to Peak, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in training programs, crisis management, and long-range strategic planning.

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