Rorke Denver Profile

  • Navy SEAL Commander who led special forces to mission success in do-or-die environments and oversaw all aspects of SEAL training.

  • Rorke is the New York Times bestselling author of Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior and Worth Dying For: A Navy SEALs Call to a Nation.

  • He starred in the hit film, Act of Valor, and as a mentor on FOX’s competition series, American Grit.
  • Commander Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and other international hot spots. His service in the SEALs earned him the Bronze Star with “V” for valorous action in combat. Upon retirement as an elite Navy SEAL, Rorke founded Ever Onward, a cutting edge training company that takes Navy SEAL principles and applies them to civilian life.

    Rorke is most known for customizing his presentations to each industry and audience. Depending upon the mission of the meeting, Rorke will weave in the right messages around leadership, culture, teamwork and personal performance.

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    Boots on the Ground

    This powerful keynote talks about what it takes to be ready for battle every day. What do the best leaders ask of themselves and of their teams and how do teams operate best? Rorke learns about an organization’s goals and objectives and then customizes his message so that audiences can learn from the front lines of a Navy SEAL commander and put it into action right away.

    The Pursuit

    Every team and individual have goals they want to achieve. Goals are important as a target, but systems, behaviors and execution are what take you there. Sometimes these goals line up with the greater mission at hand, and often they don’t. Rorke takes lessons from being the top ranked Navy SEAL Commander and applies them to everyday life so that audiences can learn how to move ahead together while always honoring each person’s personal contribution. More than just inspiring, these custom messages leave audiences with actionable tips that help them perform and feel better.

    Sell Like a SEAL

    For every mission, Navy SEALs need to know how to sell themselves and deliverables to their commanders and comrades. The team must have complete buy in to execute the mission successfully. Often times, there are limited resources and SEALs need to rely on their own know-how to get everyone on board. These very same lessons can effectively apply to sales forces trying to get their mission accomplished and land a new customer.

    What People are Saying about Seeing Rorke Speak

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    “Rorke was AMAZING!!!! The team LOVED his stories, enthusiasm, the whole duct tape experience – and tears were shed. I head so many people talking about how amazing he was and what a breath of fresh air it was to have a keynote speaker like him. Nothing but AMAZING feedback all the way around. Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!”
    – Cox Automotive

    “Rorke stole the show. His speech received the highest marks (most enjoyed) of any of the activities that we held.”
    – Madison Square Garden

    “We can’t thank Rorke enough for spending time with Riot Games yesterday in Seoul. His message was authentic, funny, heartfelt, and full of leadership lessons. We’ve heard so much positive feedback about his presentation. We haven’t yet announced where next year’s event will be, but he has an open invitation!”
    – Riot Games

    “Rorke was absolutely great! I’ve heard incredible feedback on him. Rorke went above and beyond connecting with our employees. It was such an honor meeting him and working with your company. I will hopefully be in touch with more events to come in our future!”
    – Cox Business

    “The campus was all abuzz, everyone was raving and people were so impressed with his content. He was absolutely a thrill and his message transcended beyond our military employees to all leaders.”
    – Best Buy Corporation

    “You didn’t have to try too hard to buy into his message of character, leadership, bravery, and service. There were 100 lessons. Some stories and their lessons you’d label unbelievable save for the storyteller…If you get the chance to hang by a campfire with a decorated Navy SEAL, you probably should. You might find three lessons or one hundred.”
    – Mike Given

    “And that, ladies and gentleman, is what pure unadulterated AWESOME sounds like.”
    – Allen Guttormson

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    Books by Rorke Denver:

    Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal’s Call to a Nation

    In a fast-paced and action-packed narrative, Navy SEAL commander Rorke Denver tackles the questions that have emerged about America’s past decade at war – from what makes a hero to why we fight and what it does to us. Heroes are not always the guys who jump on grenades. Sometimes, they are the snipers who decide to hold their fire, the wounded operators who find fresh ways to contribute, or the wives who keep the families together back home. Even a SEAL commander – especially a SEAL commander – knows that. But what’s a hero, really? What do we have a right to expect from our heroes? How should we hold them accountable?

    Amid all the loose talk of heroes, these questions are seldom asked. As a SEAL commander, Rorke Denver is uniquely qualified to answer questions about what makes a hero or a leader, why men kill, how best to serve your country, how battlefield experiences can elevate us, and most importantly, why we fight and what it does for and to us.

    In Worth Dying For, Denver tackles many of these issues by sharing his personal experiences from the forefront of war today. Denver applies some of his SEAL-sense to nine big-picture, news-driven questions of war and peace, in a way that appeals to all sides of the public conversation. By broadening the issues, sharing his insights, and achieving what civilian political leaders have been utterly unable to, Denver eloquently shares answers to America’s most burning questions about war, heroism, and what it all means for America’s future.

    Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

    Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs – the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.

    Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the “Hero or Zero” missions his SEALs undertake.

    From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs’ creative operations became front and center in America’s War on Terror – and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor. He has also served as flag aide to the admiral in charge and spent the past four years as executive officer of the Navy Special Warfare Center’s Advanced Training Command in Coronado, California, directing all phases of the basic and advanced training that prepare men for war in SEAL teams. He recently starred in the film Act of Valor. He is married and has two daughters.

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