Keynote Speaker

Mark "Puck" Mykleby


Webster University is proud to welcome Mark “Puck” Mykleby as the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Webster University Sustainability Conference.

Given the conference theme of “Strange Connections” and Webster’s history of providing high-quality education experiences to military members during the last 40 years of its 100-year history, Mykleby makes an ideal speaker for this year’s event.

As co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University and a retired U.S Marine colonel, Mykleby offers a unique perspective on how a variety of global forces threaten sustainability at home and abroad. 

Mykleby will present his sustainable vision and strategy for the nation…which necessarily entails accounting for threats to sustainability throughout the world.

About Mykleby

Mark Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990. From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Director of Safety and Standardization, Pilot Training Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer. 

He is a graduate of Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor School (WTI), the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), and the Allied Air Forces Central Europe’s Tactical Leadership Program (TLP). Mark’s operational experience includes numerous deployments (land based and ship borne) to the European, Pacific, and Southwest Asian theaters in support of Operations Provite Promise, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom.

His staff experience includes serving as the George Washington Battle Group liaison officer to Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia) in 1997, serving as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Staff Training Program (MSTP) instructor from 1999-2001, and serving as the Harry S. Truman Battle Group liaison officer to the NATO Combined Air Operations Center Five (CAOC-5) headquarters (Poggio Renautico, Italy) in January 2003. In June 2007, Mark was assigned to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces.

From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter “A National Strategic Narrative,” a concept and vision for a 21st-century grand strategy for the nation. Mykleby retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011. He is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, where he continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability.

A graduate from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 1987, Mykleby earned a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999.  In May 2007, he graduated from the Air War College with distinction and earned a Masters of Strategic Studies.