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Brigadier General Rebecca Halstead to Speak at NYCC

On Friday, July 18, 2014 New York Chiropractic College will host Brigadier General (Retired) Rebecca “Becky” Halstead, as part of our Homecoming weekend events. General Halstead will give a presentation entitled The First Person You Must Lead Is You. She will be speaking in the Academic 3 building, room 111 on NYCC’s Seneca Falls, NY, campus, at 11:30 AM. There will be a book signing immediately following. Rebecca “Becky” Halstead, founded her own leader consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership, LLC, following 27 years of service in the U.S. military and her role as Executive Director for a leadership consultancy company. Becky specializes in inspirational speaking (nationally and internationally; corporate and academic), developing leader training programs, leader coaching, consulting and advising. She authored her first book on leadership, 24/7: The First Person You Must Lead Is YOU.Becky has over 15 years of executive-level leadership experience, developing and training high-performing, complex and diverse teams capable of strategic planning and execution. She has a proven record of leading change, building successful teams in demanding environments (Afghanistan and Iraq, Germany, South America), and creating innovative solutions, systems and programs to complex problems. She is an experienced leader and logistician, a highly effective communicator.A member of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s second class to accept women into their ranks, Halstead became the first woman in history to graduate from the Academy and achieve the rank of general officer. She served 27 years with the U.S. Army, completing stints in Iraq and Afghanistan and was brigade commander in the 10th mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., when terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001. In 2004 Halstead was promoted to Brigadier General, retiring at that rank in 2008. A career that spanned posts as platoon leader, operations officer, executive officer, and commander, reveals an ability to shoulder such weighty responsibilities as the maintenance of nuclear weapons and ensuring that men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan had everything they needed to accomplish their missions.Halstead culminated her career as Commanding General of the Army’s Ordinance Center and Schools, conducting leadership and instructional training for 100,000 members of the Ordinance Corps and heading two major staff and faculty organizations numbering over 5,000 professional military and civilian educators. She is highly decorated, having been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and the Army Staff Badge. General Halstead is also the recipient of the 2007 National Women’s History Project award for “Generations of Women Moving History Forward.” In 2011 she became the first woman to have a room named after her at West Point’s Thayer Hotel.Through her book, The First Person You Must Lead Is You, author Halstead encourages, and instructs people how to, “lead themselves.” In doing so, they find they are more likely to experience richer, higher quality of lives.

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