Major General Craig B. Whelden

United States Army (retired)
  • Inspirational Leadership in Challenging Times 
  • 9/11: A Personal Experience
  • Evolution of the U.S. Military from Vietnam to Today
  • Implications of a Rising China
  • West Point Trivia
  • English


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Craig's leadership journey started when he became an Eagle Scout at age 14. Thirty years later, he was the youngest General in the United States Army.
Combined with another nine years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. Marine Corps, he has over 17 years at the highest levels of the U.S. military, leading thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and civilians, while serving 10 years in Europe and another 12 in the Pacific.
Approaching retirement, he was asked "What do you want to do next?" He responded simply: "I want to give back decades of leadership and life lessons to the next generation." 
Now a Global Fortune 500 Speaker and Multiple Award-winning, #1 International Best-selling Author, he is among the world's foremost experts on:
  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Effective Communications
  • Crisis Management
  • Working in Uncertain Times
  • Goal-setting and Life Balance
A master storyteller, he uses the lessons from his life to convey takeaways on improving a host of life, work, leadership, and interpersonal habits. Here's some feedback from his presentations:
"He kept us all spellbound" - Joanne M.
"Now that I've heard you speak, I'm even more motivated to read your book!" - Karen M.
"The three people I most enjoy listening to and learning from are Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey, and Craig Whelden" - Roger C.
"Amazing speaker! Made so many points that really hit home. Would love to hear him speak again." - John F.
"I could listen to his stories for hours!" - Jake D.
"Light at the End of the Tunnel was one of the most inspiring stories I've ever heard." - Larry A.
His book and his presentations have energized thousands around the world to be their very best!