General Robert Neller - Lansing Economic Club

Thursday, February 18, 2021 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (EST)


Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 10:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m, as we hear from former Marine Corps Commandant and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Robert Neller. He will discuss leadership in turbulent times and what it takes to build a team and address challenging situations. The program begins at 11 a.m. Virtual networking will occur before the program from 10:40-11 a.m. and after the program from noon to 12:15 p.m.

General Robert B. Neller 

General Robert B. Neller served as the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps from September 2015 to July 2019. He retired from active duty on Sept. 1, 2019. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, Neller graduated from the University of Virginia in 1975 with a history and speech communication degree. He later earned a master’s degree from Pepperdine University in human resources management. After graduating from Virginia, Neller went directly into the Marine Corps via the Platoon Leader Class.

A career Infantry Officer, Neller has commanded from Platoon through Service Component HQs. He has been assigned as a General Officer in each of the 3 USMC active infantry Divisions and commanded the 3rd Marine Division. He is a joint qualified Officer, having served in Europe at SHAPE as a NATO staff officer and as the J3 of the Joint Staff.

Operationally, he participated in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In OIF 05-07 during 2006, he served as the Deputy Commanding General for Multi-National Force West in Iraq’s Anbar Province.

He has attended the USMC’s Basic School, the Army’s Armor Officer Advanced Course, USMC Command and Staff, the NATO Defense College, and the Armed Forces Staff College. Upon retirement, he moved to the Austin, TX area, where he continues to transition and adjust to playing the “second half of the game.”

This program will be moderated by Calvin Jones, Director of Governmental Affairs and Community Relations, Lansing Board of Water and Light. 

Questions on the program can be directed to Ashlee Willis at or (517) 242-7434. For additional information, please visit

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