RINGKNOCKER Virtual Meetup #51 with Cutler Dawson
The guest speaker at this week’s RINGKNOCKER Virtual Meetup is VADM Cutler Dawson (USNA ’70).
You probably thought that you’ve heard all the best military to civilian leadership success stories out there. Well, RINGKNOCKER has done it again! With an esteemed 34 years of service in the U.S. Navy followed by 14 years as President and CEO of Navy Federal Credit Union—the largest credit union in the world with more than $135 billion in assets, 22,000 employees and 10 million members worldwide—Vice Admiral Cutler Dawson (Ret.) has a thing or two to share with us about effective leadership.
Cutler’s naval career included command of four ships, the Enterprise Strike Group, and his final sea tour was as Commander, Second Fleet/NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic, based in Norfolk, Virginia. Other assignments included Acting Budget Officer of the Navy, Chief of Legislative Affairs, and Deputy CNO for Resources, Requirements, and Assessments (N8). In 2017, Cutler was also selected as a Distinguished Graduate Alumnus of the U.S. Naval Academy.
But the real story begins in 2004 when Cutler became Navy Federal’s CEO, where he took on a whole different level of challenges. Faced with the very same issues most of us face when we hit the private sector boardroom for the first time, Cutler’s values-based leadership style steeped in an uncompromising focus on his employees and members helped to transform Navy Federal into a credit union giant that today “banks love to hate.” By 2019, Navy Federal under his leadership easily ranked as one of the most successful financial services companies in the nation—tripling its branches, growing assets by 5x, and quadrupling its membership. Just WOW!
In his 2019 book, From the Sea to the C-Suite, Cutler tells the story of how lessons learned in the Navy contributed to Navy Federal’s growth during his 14 year tenure there.
So, if you want to know what it really takes to pivot from senior military leader to Chief Executive, the key to sharpening your leadership skills, how to scale organizations to new heights while competitors are closing up shop, how to attract and onboard the next generation of customers, what key attributes to look for when adding new members to your leadership team, and so much more…
DON’T MISS THIS ONE!
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