Crucible of Crisis: Resilience in the Face of Adversity
Sharing lessons learned from the attacks in Benghazi and other deployments in some of the most hostile environments around the world, retired US Army Ranger Kris Paronto provides insight on how to persevere, lead, stay focused, and make strategic decisions in the midst of chaos and severe trials. From the combat field to business environment, Kris shares why effective collaboration, preparation, accountability and training of the mind and body puts us in a better position to turn adversity into opportunity and establish a “Never Quit!” mentality.
Values In Action
Using examples from deployments in Benghazi, Iraq, Afghanistan and other hostile environments, US Army Ranger Kris Paronto provides insight on how values and faith can help refine our character while overcoming doubts and fears. Sharing from his own personal journey of faith, Kris equips people with tools to overcome adversity in their own battles and how God brought him through the toughest fight of his life.
“Kris Paronto has an amazing and impactful life story. And the most amazing aspects of his story have very little to do with his experience in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The movie based on those events is called 13 Hours for a reason, it is a very small part of who this man is and what he has lived. The life experiences and what Kris did with those life experiences prior to and after that fateful day are the golden nuggets that people can and should learn from. He also has an amazing gift to make an audience feel comfortable with very difficult and sometimes sensitive subject matter. When my company was putting together our first national event after bringing 34 companies together as one and dealing with the challenges of a global pandemic, I only wanted one speaker to address our team. I wanted Kris to share his life lessons in preparation, work ethic, family, working through adversity while in austere environments and managing team dynamics. One of our executives wrote the following, ‘Kris was the highlight of that meeting, Bro. My favorite presentation I have seen ever. An American hero. This country is forever indebted to him and the other men and women like him, for their patriotism and loyalty!!! Highest Respect!!! Thanks for putting that together. I knew it would be good but he was beyond good…'
- Visual Edge IT, David C. Ramos 2022
"The event with Kris can only be summarized into “WOW”. The board of directors and the upper management for Farm Bureau were blown away with his speaking abilities and the message he gave to the audience. I knew he would be amazing but didn’t know he would exceed my expectations behind belief. In our script at the conclusion of his message it said “Ad libs comments on Kris’s speech” our Executive Vice President was at a complete loss of words to conclude the speech. If there will ever be a way to recommend him to any other leadership group in the near future, I would definitely recommend Kris. I have heard a lot of speakers at conventions that were “top notch” but never heard anything that would come close to him." -Arkansas Farm Bureau 2021
-XChange Conference, The Channel Company 2021
"Thanks so much for joining us in Kansas City for the Accelerent Breakfast. Your story of courage, leadership and not giving up was very powerful. I have never heard someone put a positive spin on war before. How you can see the light in the worst situations is refreshing; and I think all of us need to keep that frame of mind with what is going on in our world today.
I can say in my 15 year career as an event planner, I’ve never witnessed a double standing ovation." -Accelerent 2020
" WOW he knocked it out of the park. The comments were outstanding and he connected so intensely with our attendees." -National Strength and Conditioning Assoc. 2020
"First, I want to thank Kris SO much for the torch he carries, and for the privilege of having him at our Summit in Boise. The simple fact that our room was at capacity with people standing in the back, and for the entire time Kris was talking you could have heard a pin drop, tells you how critical his message is. I have heard absolutely nothing but positive remarks regarding Kris’ keynote.
Thank you also to Kris for the additional time spent with our attendees. He created moments that our attendees will never, ever forget. Thank you seems so inadequate, but it comes first and foremost." -NLIT Summit 2019
Kris' Speaking Clips | Benghazi Events | Filming 13 Hours | Teamwork | Leadership Overcoming Adversity