When Retired Navy Admiral WIlliam McRaven was a young boy growing up in Texas, he dreamed of being a superhero. He longed to put on a cape and use his superpowers to save the earth from destruction. But as he grew older and traveled the world, he found real heroes everywhere he went — and none of them had superpowers. None of them wore capes or cowls. But they all possessed qualities that gave them the power to help others, to make a difference, to save the world: courage, both physical and moral;
humility; a willingness to sacrifice; and a deep sense of integrity.
That is the summary of McRaven’s newest book, The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived, where he celebrates real, everyday heroes he’d met over the years, from battlefields to hospitals to college campuses, who are doing their part to save the world. McRaven, for one, knows from experience.
A U.S. Navy four-star admiral, McRaven is one of the most decorated and inspiring commanders and a former chancellor of the University of Texas System — one of the largest and most respected systems of higher education in the country. And, this year, he will share his lessons in leadership as keynote speaker of the MBA’s 116th Annual Event on October 13 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie.
“Given his record of service, we are honored to have Admiral McRaven give our keynote address,” states MBA President and CEO John Krahe, “and we look forward to hearing his insights on the force of teamwork and personal initiative, resilience in the face of opposition, accountability and the unconditional importance of never giving up.”