Willink and Babin are former Navy SEALs who served together during the battle of Ramadi. They are also the co-authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership. Additionally, Willink wrote Discipline Equals Freedom as well as the children’s books Way of the Warrior Kid and Way of the Warrior Kid: Marc’s Mission. Willink also hosts the popular “Jocko Podcast.”
Willink’s Warrior Kid books have been a part of BP Oddo’s “Readers Are Leaders” 4th Grade Reading Challenge since last year. As part of the challenge, BP Oddo provided students from across the borough with copies of the book. Students who read the book and wrote a report on it were invited to attend a special event with Willink, which took place last November. This year, BP Oddo provided students with copies of both Warrior Kid books as part of the challenge. Those students who read both books have been invited to the upcoming meet and greet event.
“There is no problem facing us a society that cannot be improved through genuine leadership. Fostering leaders and strengthening leadership by challenging people to look inward and work hard to improve themselves, and in turn, us as a community, is a critically important message and one that Jocko and Leif effectively deliver. Their message underscores the principle I embrace of studenthood for life. We should never stop seeking ways to learn and grow. That is why I am so thrilled to be able to welcome Jocko back to Staten Island,” said BP Oddo. “We so enjoyed having Jocko here last year and can’t wait to have him return to meet even more Staten Islanders. Jocko and Leif’s message of leadership, discipline, and personal responsibility will make this a very special evening for people of all ages. I hope folks join us.”
Willink said, “This trip to Staten Island is a great opportunity for us to meet leaders face-to-face, discuss Extreme Ownership and the concepts in The Dichotomy of Leadership, and thank them all for stepping up and GETTING AFTER IT. We will see you there.”
“We are looking forward to being in Staten Island and meeting with inspired leaders about The Dichotomy of Leadership,” said Babin.
Books will be available for purchase at the meet and greet. The event is free and open to those of all ages, but those who wish to attend are asked to register here.