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Col (Ret) Alan Landry
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Col (Ret) Alan Landry

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Col (Ret) Alan Landry is a dynamic, uniquely skilled leader with a proven track record of success spanning over 38 years in government and industry (Fortune 500 companies). Over his 10 years with Raytheon, Alan served in a variety of leadership positions in strategy and business development organizations within the company, which included two and a half years as Director of Strategy for Raytheon Missile Systems, a $6 billion annual revenue business. While at Raytheon, Alan proved himself to be an expert leader, strategist, mentor, innovator, and diversity/inclusion advocate. He created a mentor organization for over 50 emerging leaders and sustained the organization for over five years. In recognition of these efforts, Alan received the Raytheon Excellence in Mentorship Award for 2012, an award limited to 30 recipients across the 70,000-employee base. Alan also served as a Raytheon Diversity and Inclusion “Game Changer” for over five years, a leadership position within the company to create positive change in this critical area. He offers a unique ability to leverage his extensive military and industry experiences to personalize these critically important topics. He is able to connect to very diverse groups and organizations in ways that challenge them, motivate them, and inspire them to be better as teams, as leaders, and as followers.

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Col (Ret) Alan Landry is a dynamic, uniquely skilled leader with a proven track record of success spanning over 38 years in government and industry (Fortune 500 companies).   He retired from Raytheon Missile Systems on 31 July 2012, after serving as Director of Business Development for the Land Combat Product Line in Tucson, Arizona, for over four and half years.   Over his 10 years with Raytheon, Alan served in a variety of leadership positions in strategy and business development organizations within the company, which included two and a half years as Director of Strategy for Raytheon Missile Systems, a $6 billion annual revenue business.  

While at Raytheon, Alan proved himself to be an expert leader, strategist, mentor, innovator, and diversity/inclusion advocate.   He created a mentor organization for over 50 emerging leaders and sustained the organization for over five years.   In recognition of these efforts, Alan received the Raytheon Excellence in Mentorship Award for 2012, an award limited to 30 recipients across the 70,000-employee base.   Alan also served as a Raytheon Diversity and Inclusion “Game Changer” for over five years, a leadership position within the company to create positive change in this critical area.  

A very in-demand public speaker, Alan has supported numerous internal and external Raytheon audiences with presentations on leadership, mentorship, strategy, strategic planning, and diversity/inclusion.   He offers a unique ability to leverage his extensive military and industry experiences to personalize these critically important topics.   He is able to connect to very diverse groups and organizations in ways that challenge them, motivate them, and inspire them to be better as teams, as leaders, and as followers.   In addition to the 2012 Mentor Award, Alan also received the Raytheon Corporate Excellence in Business Development Team Award in 2005.  

Before joining Raytheon, Alan served in the U.S. Army where he retired as a Colonel of Air Defense Artillery in 2002.   Over his 26-year career, Alan served in a variety of Army and Joint command and staff positions in the United States, Germany, Korea, Kosovo and Saudi Arabia to include command of 2-43 ADA (PATRIOT) Battalion, XVIIIth Airborne Corps.   Alan is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and NATO Peace Support Operations in Kosovo, which profoundly influenced his views on diversity/inclusion and ethnic strife.   During his career, Alan was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and six awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, among his many awards and decorations.

Alan earned a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, in 1974, a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the Army Command and General Staff College in 1989, and a second Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) in 1990.   He is a 1997 graduate of the Army War College where he also served as a guest lecturer on Strategic Planning.

Alan was privileged to serve on the El Paso Holocaust Museum Board of Directors from 1999-2002, served as an ex-officio member of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from 1999-2002, and was awarded the El Paso Conquistador Award by the Mayor in 2002. Alan is currently serving on the Executive Board of Dreams for Kids, a volunteer-based non-profit that “empowers at risk youth through leadership and life-changing activities.”   His latest book, Growing Mentor Intelligence is redefining national conversations about what mentoring means and how to do it with integrity, from the highest organizational levels to academia to the personal level. Landry infuses meaning, hope and practical stewardship into the art and science of mentoring.

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Diversity and Inclusion

In his over-38 years of development along the diversity journey, Alan has carved out a unique space that faces head-on into the fears and challenges that limit the development of the most precious competitive advantage that any organization has—its human capital. Alan is a relentless advocate for workplace rights—in his view, it is a basic human need for every person regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or any other visible or invisible differentiator, to be able to bring their whole self to work. This is about appreciating the beauty of diversity as an enabler for success rather than rejecting the differences that make us better as people and team partners. Alan has a unique ability to challenge diverse audiences by sharing his personal journey in this area without judgment or criticism, yet his message is unmistakably clear.

Leadership

Alan Landry offers unique perspectives about leadership gained from almost four decades serving in the Army as a commissioned officer, in peace and war, achieving the rank of Colonel, in city government as Director of Economic Development for the city of El Paso, and in 10 years with Raytheon (a Fortune 500 company) in various leadership positions in Strategy and Business Development. A much-sought-after speaker, Alan's ability to personalize the life-lessons he has learned during his leadership journey leave an enduring impression and offer the promise of life-changing perspectives.

Alan believes that today more than ever before, positive, purposeful leadership is the only meaningful antidote to the challenges of an increasingly dynamic, complex external environment. He is an adept, proven problem solver with a unique ability to engage organizations large and small. Alan can assess their leadership challenges and work with the team to develop effective solution, leveraging the organic strengths he believes to be inherent in all teams.

Mentoring

Regardless of position, we all have opportunities to support and guide others. Among the many things that Alan is passionate about, none exceeds his love for mentoring. Because he benefitted from the long-term mentorship of so many dedicated and skilled senior leaders in his career, Alan believes this to be a basic responsibility of all leaders at every level. He rejects the notion that anyone who is responsible for the lives and career development of others, including technical experts, is exempt from this basic responsibility.

Alan brings an egalitarian view to an industry that creates exceptions and compartments; challenges the current "vogue" concept that technical leaders can be excused from this responsibility; and challenges everyone within an organization to step up to fultill the fundamental requirement to grow the next generation of leaders. Beyond rhetoric, Alan creates organization-specific, action-oriented presentations to address each team's need in this area, without judgment or criticism.

Awarded a coveted Raytheon Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2012 (30 total awards over a 73,000 population), Alan has evidenced a unique talent to teach, coach, and mentor. His passion remains in working with early-career employees. Frustrated over the lack of focus on this critical area, Alan created a unique mentor group of early-career employees in 2007, a group that now totals over 50 individuals and has been sustained even after his departure.

Growing Mentor Intelligence

Growing Mentor Intelligence™ is about living a purposeful life, strategically aligned with your goals and connecting through a revolving door of mutually beneficial mentoring relationships. Learn practical techniques to become an effective mentor and mentee. Whether you're a young professional or a seasoned veteran, cultivating your Mentor Intelligence™ is a skill that once developed, can yield immeasurable reward. In this book, Landry shares proven techniques for building mentor intelligence with precision, strategic vision and intention.

With a signature 5-Step "ALtuitive Method," Landry offers an original process for highly successful mentoring arrangements. This method has become intuitive to him over decades of his own mentoring experience in military, government and corporate organizations.  

  • Create the mentoring relationship and define expectations.
  • Create self-awareness through a Personal Asset Inventory.
  • Build a Personal Development Timeline.
  • Develop Personal Life Strategies using an incremental approach.
  • Execute Life Strategies one step at a time.

While this method defines what a good mentoring process might look like, Landry's "four critical behaviors for mentees" and "10 critical practices for mentors" suggest ethical guidelines for both sides of the mentor relationship as they embark on the method together.

Strategy and Planning

Long a student of strategy, Alan was awarded the coveted "6Z" strategist designator by the US Army in 1988 after serving for three years in the Pentagon in both the Joint and Army Staffs. Alan received two Master of Military Art and Sciences degrees from accredited institutions including the exclusive US Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), graduated from the US Army War College, and lectured there over a five year period in the Strategy Advanced Course after creating an innovative, practical methodology for pragmatic strategic planning. Alan subsequently utilized these experiences, importing his military "lessons learned" into the corporate world, creating yet another innovative and productive intersection. Alan is an expert at creating and sustaining War Rooms (Strategic Planning Centers), teaching strategic planning, and enabling teams (both big and small) to take the first steps toward shaping their futures.

Dynamic Public Speaking

Now more than ever before, the ability to develop, rehearse and execute presentations on complex topics is a required skill. Because Alan has been a recognized leader in this area, he was recently asked to prepare a presentation on "Dynamic Public Speaking." Feedback has been universally positive. As he does with every major area, Alan approaches this topic with a powerful passion and compelling logic that allows participants to take their skills in this area to the next level.

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