The annual McLane Lecture, made possible through the generosity of Elizabeth and Drayton McLane, Jr., brings nationally recognized speakers to UMHB to promote awareness and information about issues concerning leadership and business. General Peter Chiarelli, USA (Ret.) delivered the 2013 McLane Lecture on April 1 at the Frank and Sue Mayborn Campus Center.
Chiarelli served in the army for nearly 40 years, including as the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff in the Army. In that role, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Army and its 1.1 million active and reserve soldiers. Chiarelli retired from the Army in 2012 and moved into the role of CEO of One Mind for Research, an independent, non-profit organization bringing together health care providers and researchers with the goal of developing better diagnostics, treatments, and cures for illnesses and disorders of the brain. As CEO, Chiarelli advocates for eliminating the stigma associated with Service Members and Veterans receiving the assistance they need for the treatment of the invisible wounds of war: Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Reflecting on the leadership roles he assumed throughout his career, Chiarelli credits his success to the people he aligned himself with.
“I think it’s important that when you’re put in a situation as a leader that’s different than anything you’ve ever done before, you need to draw on the experience of those around you,” he remarked during the lecture. “I believe that in order to be a good leader, you have to be a good follower.”