Anna Butrico is a Senior Communications Associate at McChrystal Group where she focuses on thought leadership. She is the co-author for General Stan McChrystal’s latest book, Risk: A User's Guide.
- B.A. Vanderbilt University
What did you do before joining McChrystal Group?
I was a student at Vanderbilt University and a Summer Analyst with McChrystal Group in 2017. Upon graduating, I returned full-time as an Analyst, where I spent ten months with a Fortune 10 oil & gas company. From there, I spent six months as General (Ret.) McChrystal’s speechwriter, and now serve as his co-author. I have also held an internship with NPR and created my own podcast series in college.
Why did you join McChrystal Group?
During my internship, I found McChrystal Group’s work to be fascinating; our methodology is academically backed, proven on the battlefield, with proven success for our clients. The people at McChrystal Group were the ones who enticed me to return full-time. We all have different brains, work styles, and experiences, but we match one another in intensity, love for the company, fascination for our clients, and an eagerness to solve their problems. I was immediately struck by the opportunities presented to junior employees. McChrystal Group cares deeply about developing its young professionals into good teammates, and competent advisors and thought-partners with our clients.
What has been your proudest moment at McChrystal Group?
My proudest moment at McChrystal Group was when I ran my first marathon, a handful of my coworkers recorded encouraging voice memos for me to listen to as I raced. Their voices encouraged me to push forward and excel - supporting me not only as a work teammate, but also as a friend.
Why are you passionate about leaders & teams?
Everyone has a relationship to leadership and teamwork - whether it be in a Fortune 500 company, a middle school basketball team, a fledgling start-up or a college group project. We have experience in leadership and teamwork in the military, but those lessons apply across dozens of disciplines. I find it fascinating how much we can learn from each other.