Opening Keynote Speaker Biography - Dr. Lenny Wong
Dr. Lenny Wong is a research professor in the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College. He is a retired Army Officer whose career includes teaching leadership at West Point and serving as an analyst for the Chief of Staff of the Army.
His work has been highlighted by various large media outlets, but his most notable is his speech, Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession. Dr. Wong noticed a trend in the Army after doing a study; he saw that even after cutting out nonessential task it was still impossible for soldiers to complete their job. Yet, when asked for updates, soldiers would lie and say task complete because in their culture failure was not an option. Dr. Wong called the Army out on this by calling them liars.
Instead of exposing the Army to the public, Dr. Wong worked to eliminate the corruption. Cadets face a similar problem to Army Officers, we feel like we are given more work then we can possibly complete.