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8/29/2016 Chamber News
SEAL Team Six Leader Robert O’Neill to Headline 2016 Voices of Vision

The man responsible for killing Osama bin Laden to speak on leadership

Moorhead, Minn. (August 29, 2016) – Decorated combat veteran Robert O’Neill will bring his expertise and insights to the metro when he headlines The Chamber’s seventh annual Voices of Vision on Wednesday, November 16. O’Neill’s presentation, “Never Quit: The Story of a Life Built on Successful Missions” focuses on what he learned during his more than 400 combat missions across four theaters of war.

O’Neill has served America as a SEAL, team leader and senior chief petty officer at Naval Special Development Group in some of the most challenging, storied, clandestine military roles of our time. A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak, O’Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists. He was one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serving his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process.

One of the nation’s most decorated veterans, O’Neill has been decorated more than 52 times with honors, including two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars with Valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Presidential Unit citations, and two Navy/Marine Corps Commendations with Valor.

Since leaving active duty, O’Neill is a co-founder of Your Grateful Nation, which provides individualized transition support for Special Operations heroes and their families. They provide executive-level mentoring, transition services, and family stabilization support. He is also a contributor to Fox News.

“During Robert O’Neill’s leadership of SEAL Team Six, perhaps his most important mission was the one that took out the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden,” Chamber President and CEO Craig Whitney commented. “Additionally, considering his role in the rescue of Captain Phillips, his unique perspective on leadership in training is one I know will resonate with Chamber member firms and their employees. I personally saw Mr. O’Neill speak a year ago in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit, and can attest that his presentation will be moving and inspiring. I can’t wait to hear him speak to our own community.”

The Chamber invites you to join one of the legends of our nation’s military as he shares his views on the ingredients to a successful mission: the right people, preparedness, decision making under pressure, and, above all, a commitment to never quit.

Voices of Vision is an annual event designed to bring nationally recognized thought leaders to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. This year’s event will be held at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. on November 16.

About The Chamber
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 98,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.

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