Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, spoke to the WashingtonExec Leadership Council yesterday evening at the McLean Hilton. Reflecting on his career over the last 50 years, Clapper discussed how the intelligence community has evolved alongside technology and society.
“We were honored to have Director Clapper share his knowledge with the leaders of our local GovCon community at a critical time in our nation’s history,” said JD Kathuria, founder and CEO of WashingtonExec. “A special thank you to Barry Barlow, CTO of Vencore for his efforts in arranging the program. It was truly a privilege to be a part of this event.”
At the end of the evening, Attain CEO Greg Baroni presented Clapper with the WashingtonExec Luminary Award. “On behalf of the WashingtonExec Leadership Council, it was my honor to once again present the Council’s Luminary Award to another remarkable and deserving leader,” said Baroni. “Considered one of the most forceful leaders as the fourth Director of National Intelligence, former Director Clapper’s distinguished career in the intelligence community and decorated military service tell the story of a man who exemplified the leadership qualities of our award, succeeding and persevering through our nation’s most turbulent and highest risk situations.”
The honor is given to those who showcase true leadership in the face of tough decisions and/or unpopular opinion. Throughout his military and civilian career, Clapper has spearheaded inclusion and diversity efforts and pushed for improved collaboration across and within the community.