Log in


Lessons in Leadership: Forged Under Fire

  • 15 Nov 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Duluth Depot, 506 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802


Mark your calendar and register early for this special leadership event!

Four-Star General Richard "Butch" Neal, USMC (Ret.) will share leadership lessons learned throughout his service. General Neal is the author of What Now Lieutenant? Leadership Forged from Events in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Beyond.

In addition, Alan M. Anderson will speak and present a tribute to area Medal of Honor recipients whose leadership lessons have demonstrated incontestable acts of gallantry.

This event is co-hosted by the Northland Human Resources Association (NHRA) and the St. Louis County Historical Society's Veterans Memorial Hall Program

You won't want to miss this unique opportunity! Register early!

After the event, stay for a special book signing with General Neal from 4:00 - 4:30pm!

*Proceeds from this event benefit the Medal of Honor Row exhibit in Veterans Memorial Hall (www.vets-hall.org).

Program Questions or to register through the Veterans Memorial Hall Program: email Jay Hagen or call him at 218-733-7500.

Sponsorship Inquires: call Dennis Hughes at 218-213-7929.

Sponsorship Form.jpg

Online Registration Questions: email Sarah Crowell.

Register Online Only (click blue button)

Thank you to our sponsors!

Four Star Sponsor:

Lee and Penny Anderson Family Foundation

Three Star Sponsor:

Cirrus Aircraft


Two Star Sponsors:


Duluth News Tribune

Pier B Resort Hotel/Silos Restaurant

Swanson & Youngdale

One Star Sponsors:

North Shore Bank

US Bank

Tealwood Asset Management


Featured Speaker: Four-Star General Richard "Butch" Neal, USMC (Ret.)

General Neal was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduation in 1965 from Northeastern University, where he received a B.S. degree in History and Education. He also holds a M.A. degree from Tulane University and is a graduate of the National War College.

During his 34 years of active duty service, General Neal’s operational experience included two tours of service in Vietnam, battalion command, and service as Director, USMC Amphibious Warfare School; Deputy for Operations at U.S. Central Command for Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM; Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division; and Deputy Commander in Chief/Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command.

His staff positions include service as Director, Manpower Plans and Policy Division, HQ US Marine Corps.

From 1996 until his retirement from active duty in 1998, General Neal served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

General Neal's decorations include: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal with gold star; the Defense Superior Service Medal with palm; Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V"; and the Purple Heart.

Since retirement, General Neal has been a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University.  He has been the President of 3 patent licensing companies to include President of Sisvel US, a Trustee at Norwich University, and Overseer at Northeastern University.  He has served on several boards, including Chairman of the Board of the Military Officers Association of America from 2008-10. He recently published a memoir “What Now, Lieutenant?”

General Neal and his wife Kathy live in Washington, D.C.

Moderator/Speaker: Alan M. Anderson, PhD., FCIArb

Alan M. Anderson, PhD, is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over thirty years of experience. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate and by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a civil trial specialist. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the “gold standard” for international arbitration practitioners. Alan has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of intellectual property litigation since 2010, and has been recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyer® for more than ten years. Alan specializes in the areas of intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution, and appellate advocacy.

Alan’s practice is international in scope and he represents clients in a wide variety of industries. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses. He has tried jury cases to verdict in state and federal courts, literally from Los Angeles to New York City. In his intellectual property practice, Alan has litigated actions involving a variety of diverse technologies. His arbitration experience includes large domestic commercial disputes and international arbitration proceedings conducted under the auspices of the London Court of International Arbitration, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, and the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. He represents foreign corporations in court in the U.S. and in international arbitrations.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software