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Commander Rorke 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. He starred in the hit film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures.


His New York Times bestseller, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program. In his second book Worth Dying For: A Navy SEALs Call to a Nation, Rorke 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.


Rorke was most recently seen on FOX’s American Grit. The series followed 16 of the country’s toughest men and women as they faced a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges set in the wilderness.


Assistant officer in charge of BRAVO Platoon at SEAL Team THREE, he was deployed to SOUTHCOM, the Central and South American Area of Operations. His platoon was the “alert” SEAL team for maritime interdiction, hostage rescue, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics.


Commander Rorke Denver | Former Navy Seal | Leadership Speaker


As SEAL officer aboard, Denver led his group’s response to a murderous uprising in the Ivory Coast nation of Liberia, launching advanced-force operations, conducting hydrographic beach reconnaissance, and helping to get U.S. Marines safely ashore.


In 2006, Denver was officer in charge of BRAVO Platoon of SEAL Team THREE in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province in one of the most combat-heavy deployments of any regular SEAL team since Vietnam.


Stationed in Habbaniya, his team conducted over 200 missions including sniper operations, direct assaults, special reconnaissance, and ground patrols.


Denver’s team has been widely credited with propelling the “Tribal Awakening” that helped to neutralize Iraq’s insurgency. Denver was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for valorous action in combat.


Rorke was most recently seen on FOX’s American Grit. The new series follows 16 of the country’s toughest men and women as they face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges set in the wilderness.


CDR Rorke Denver is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ communicator whose content is steeped in experience and rich in wisdom. CDR Rorke accepts engagements all over the world and speaks in a wide array of venues including small, intimate executive gatherings, large companies, and big arena-style conferences.

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Excellence doesn’t happen by accident. You have to pursue it. You have to be intentional about your training, behavior and drive to achieve the leadership, culture and performance the best of us seek.


Navy SEAL Commander Rorke Denver has created a new program focused on the pursuit of excellence. What lessons can be learned from shouldering heavy rucks in Afghanistan, the simplicity of the Gettysburg address, and the combat breathing exercises of elite warriors in combat?

  • Join CDR Denver’s pursuit.
  • The pursuit of cultural resilience.
  • Pursuit of remaining calm under fire.
  • The pursuit of leadership, teamwork, and grit.
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    06/22/2022 at 10:33 am

    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!


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    02/16/2022 at 3:34 pm

    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!


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    08/22/2021 at 11:34 am

    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.


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