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Learn about the latest industry innovations from the innovators themselves. Each year, we bring together some of the brightest minds in insurance and influential world leaders on the Applied Net stage. You’ll hear from Applied executives about what’s next for our company and our great industry. Then, listen as our guest speaker shares impactful narratives and unique outlooks on business, leadership, and teamwork. You can expect some laughs and maybe even some tears! Our speakers will inspire you to think outside the box and widen your perspectives. We promise you’ll leave feeling energized, motivated and equipped to succeed in 2024 and beyond.

Channel Your Inner Bullfrog with Our 2024 Guest Speaker

Admiral William McRaven

Retired U.S. Navy Four-Star Admiral and Former Chancellor of the University of Texas System

Take it from the longest-serving active duty Navy SEAL – the guy who led the successful combat operations to capture Saddam Hussein, rescue Captain Phillips, and take out Osama bin Ladin: “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” Admiral William McRaven is a remarkable man who is changing the world by showing us all how to lead. We’re thrilled to welcome him back to the Applied Net stage to deliver an inspiring keynote based on his latest book, The Wisdom of the Bullfrog: Leadership Made Simple (But Not Easy).

The title “Bullfrog” is given to the Navy SEAL, who has served the longest on active duty. An honor McRaven received in 2011 when he took charge of the U.S. Special Operations Command. When 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. During those four decades, McRaven dealt with every conceivable leadership challenge, including crisis situations, management debates, organizational transitions, and ethical dilemmas. His keynote draws on these experiences to share the most important leadership lessons he has learned over his forty years of service. You’ll hear Make Your Bed-like parables, rich with insights about the specific leadership traits required to be at the top of your game and walk away knowing the leadership qualities that separate the good from the truly great.

Keynote Speakers Hitting the Main Stage in 2024