In partnership with New Canaan Library, Grace Farms Foundation will host an insightful conversation about global policy and America’s potential for growth and leadership with retired United States Army General Wesley K. Clark. The talk, scheduled for April 25 at 7pm, will focus on the country’s most important assets: the planet and its people. The discussion will include General Clark’s unique perspective concerning the crime of modern day slavery and its impact on both the environment and business community.
In his remarkable 38 years of service in the US Army, General Clark rose to the rank of four-star general and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has not missed a step while using his extraordinary talents as an investment banker, businessman, commentator, author, and teacher, not to mention answering the call to run as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States in the 2004 election.
Clark graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He commanded at the battalion, brigade, and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). Clark finished his career as NATO commander and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, where he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).
The author of four books, “Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat,” “Winning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire,” “A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, Country,” and “Don’t Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership,” Clark also serves as Chairman/CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm, and Co-Chairman of Growth Energy. Clark joined UCLA as a senior fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations in UCLA’s International Institute, where he teaches and hosts an annual conference on national security. He currently serves in leadership positions with a number of non-profit public service organizations, and serves on the Clinton Global Initiative’s Energy & Climate Change Advisory Board and ACORE’s Advisory Board. Clark will offer a singularly informed and dynamic view of leadership based on honor, conviction, and action.
To register for his talk at Grace Farms on April 25, please visit gracefarms.org/calendar.