Kyiv Rising: The Evolution of the Ukraine Conflict

May 11, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

Kyiv Rising: The Evolution of the Ukraine Conflict

May 11, 2023 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CT)

Ukraine has made history as an underdog leveraging innovation to create an asymmetric advantage against a much larger adversary. As the newly appointed President of the American University Kyiv and experienced Special Advisor to General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Dan Rice, a U.S. Army combat veteran, Purple Heart recipient, and President of Thayer Leadership, shares how culture change in the Ukrainian Army has had a pivotal role in the outcome of the conflict to this point. Dan shares lessons for anyone leading agile teams in VUCA through animated storytelling and first-hand experiences. He will explore how the effects of the Ukraine situation in the geopolitical climate have evolved over the last year, and the impact on the global economy.


  • Positive effects of deliberate cultural transformation
  • How to think strategically
  • Power of clear and concise communication
  • Empowerment and its impact on a leader’s ability to deliver on intent
  • Humor as a source of calm in the chaos
  • Value of agility, collaboration, and initiative in VUCA environments
  • How to leverage innovation to create asymmetric advantage

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