Having been a featured guest on Fox News Channel, CNN News Room, Anderson Cooper 360 and more; former U.S. Navy SEAL Chad Williams draws from his experience in the SEAL Teams to communicate an instructive perspective on teamwork, resilience, leadership and self-motivation.
Just days prior to entering SEAL training Chad's motivation and mental toughness would be tested as he turned on a television one morning to see unexpected graphic video footage of his mentor and training partner Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston brutally killed, mutilated and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Hung upside-down from the Euphrates River Bridge while an incensed Iraqi mob repeatedly celebrated and chanted in Arabic, “Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans.” Helvenston's body was set ablaze as Chad witnessed and learned an unwelcome firsthand lesson in what it was to be forged by adversity.
Steeled in his resolve to follow in his Helvenston's footsteps and complete SEAL Training in honor and memory of his good friend, Chad entered the military's most difficult and grueling training known as BUD/S. As a member of Class 254 Chad and 172 other sailors vowed that they would die before ever giving up and quitting the military's most rigorous training. Those that would quit, were required to "ring out" which entailed ringing a large hanging brass bell three times and surrendering their class helmet on the Naval Special Warfare Center's asphalt grinder. Exercising mental-toughness, leadership and teamwork Chad climbed the mountain and completed SEAL Training alongside 12 of the original number of 173 sailors that vowed their dedication to completing the program.
Serving his country proudly through multiple deployments as a U.S. Navy SEAL, on SEAL Teams One and Seven Chad continued to hone the qualities and values that our nation's best adhere to. In an ironic final operation in Iraq, Chad's SEAL Team was set up on a premeditated ambush similar to the location and scenario that took the life of his mentor Scott Helvenston but on that occasion Chad and his Team were able to overcome them enemy and complete the mission.
Today Chad is a bestselling author of his book, SEAL of God and an in demand keynote speaker. Drawing from his experiences as a SEAL, Chad captivates his listeners as he illustrates and instructs the SEAL mindset and ethos that involve: mental toughness, discipline, teamwork, leadership, safety and motivation.
After you hear Chad you will understand that we can accomplish our mission by unflinching commitment to our chosen profession. After you meet Chad, you will better understand honor, loyalty, integrity, faith and character. He is the real deal.
Chad Williams did an outstanding job as our keynote speaker during our safety recognition day. He established an immediate connection with our maintenance personnel many of which are military veterans. Relating his real life experiences as a Navy SEAL to the importance of training and leadership was spot on. I have received numerous positive comments from our group and I would highly recommend Chad to any organization looking for a speaker with an inspirational message.
Chad did a fantastic job with the kickoff meeting this year! He was a very interesting person and his story telling abilities were incredible. The content of his message was solid and I had many takeaways. His illustrations were memorable and applicable both in and our of the office. “Ducking boat,” “Identity,” “Not done until three people quit” and “The Human Condition” were all great nuggets.
I expected it to be excellent, you exceeded that!