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Kristin Beck: Lessons From My Life

For decades, Kristin Beck hid her true self from her brothers in arms, family, and friends. Now, as the nation’s first openly transgender Navy SEAL, Kristin reflects on her years of honorable service and her many accolades, as well as her life beyond the Navy, including her journey to human rights activist and motivational speaker. Kristin shares the incredible story of her life with audiences across the country, and touches upon themes of courage, leadership, and standing up for what’s right. Kristin explores the links between strong leadership and being an ally to those who are disenfranchised, and how nothing rewarding will ever be handed to you without hard work. Funny and sharp, Beck inspires audiences to find their voices and create better worlds for themselves, their teams, and future generations to come.

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Kristin Beck

Retired Navy SEAL and Civil Rights Activist

​​Kristin Beck is a civil rights advocate and retired United States Navy SEAL who served for more than 20 years in the Special Operations Forces (SOF). During her many deployments, she conducted special operations and direct action missions, including with the counter-terrorism Naval Special Warfare Development Group (“SEAL Team Six”). For her service, she has been awarded more than 50 ribbons and medals, including the Bronze Star with valor, the Purple Heart and the Meritorious Service Medal. She also served as the advisor to Special Operations Command Science Director William Shepherd, and became an integral part of SOF technology and advancements. Now a civil rights activist, she advocates for veterans, was a key voice in the Congressional bill to end discrimination toward the LGBT community, and is the founder and president of the Mindful Valor Foundation, which seeks alternative methods to help those experiencing symptoms of trauma to live a full life.