An Evening With Admiral William McRaven

Friends of the LBJ Library | May, 30 2023 6:30PM - 7:30PM

An Evening With Admiral William McRaven

Join us on May 30th for an Evening With Admiral and former University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven, who will speak on leadership, drawing on the experiences he has accrued over the course of his remarkable career. The conversation will be moderated by Mark K. Updegrove, President and CEO of the LBJ Foundation.

This program will be held in-person in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium located at the LBJ Presidential Library.


About the speaker:

Admiral William H. McRaven is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed and the New York Times bestsellers Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations and The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived. In his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL, he commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. After retiring from the Navy, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018. He now lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Georgeann.

About the book:

McRaven’s new book, The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy) will be released on April 4, 2023. The title “Bullfrog” is given to the Navy SEAL who has served the longest on active duty. Admiral McRaven was honored to receive this honor in 2011 when he took charge of the United States Special Operations Command. When Admiral McRaven retired in 2014, he had 37 years as a Navy SEAL under his belt, leading men and women at every level of the special operations community. In the ensuing four years, he served as Chancellor of the University of Texas System, with its 230,000 students and 100,000 faculty and health care workers.

During those four decades, Admiral McRaven dealt with every conceivable leadership challenge, from commanding combat operations—including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Phillips, and the raid for Osama bin Laden. 

The Wisdom of the Bullfrog draws on these and countless other experiences from Admiral McRaven’s incredible life, including crisis situations, management debates, organizational transitions, and ethical dilemmas, to provide readers with the most important leadership lessons he has learned over the course of his forty years of service.


Book sales

The Store at LBJ will be selling pre-signed copies of The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy) by Admiral William McRaven onsite in the upper lobby of the LBJ Auditorium from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and again immediately following the program. 

By purchasing through The Store at LBJ, you support a local cultural institution. All proceeds from sales support our programming, exhibits, and educational initiatives at the LBJ Presidential Library.


Location and Parking

The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River St. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitors' lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39 after 5:30 p.m.

Please note that Red River Street is closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Clyde Littlefield Drive. Red River Street is open and accessible from E. Dean Keeton Street; please plan your route accordingly.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. to allow plenty of time for guests to enter the LBJ Auditorium.



Please register using the form below. You must be a current member of the Friends at the Individual level or above to register. Museum and Family Museum members do not receive admission to the programming series as part of their membership benefits. Your registration will be cancelled if you do not have a current membership on file.

Please click here to learn more about membership in the Friends of the LBJ Library and membership benefits, including admission to this speaker series.

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