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LTJG. D. Vincent Thomas Jr. Ph.D, M.T.S. has two B.A. degrees in Theology and Philosophy, a Masters Degree in Theological Studies, as well as a Ph.D in Public Policy &Administration. ENS D. Vincent Thomas Jr. is a Commissioned Officer who began his Coast Guard career as an enlisted Operations Specialist. Dr. Thomas’ studies have focused on religious history, philosophy of religion, the relationship between religion and politics, military history, politics, public policy, as well as the effects climate change has on international relations, global economics, and global security. Dr. Thomas has also run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Seeking to serve the district as an American citizen concerned with the well-being of all Americans irrespective of party affiliation. Assigned to the CGC BOUTWELL, a 378’ High Endurance Cutter in California, he stood duty in the Combat Information Center, qualified as an Electronic Warfare Specialist, and performed flight following operations as an Air Direction Controller tracking and communicating with helicopters deployed to BOUTWELL for counter-narcotic operations. While on active duty aboard BOUTWELL, he was part of a team that seized over 10 tons of cocaine in International Waters bound for the United States. After leaving Active Dr. Thomas joined the Selective Reserves (SELRES) as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, and completed his Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration. Commissioned in 2019, he is a Philosophy and Political Science Professor at Elmhurst University and DePaul University teaching courses in Moral Philosophy, Western Political Philosophy, Ethics, Intro. to Western Philosophy, American Government, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Dr. Thomas currently represents the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as the Recruiting, Outreach, and Diversity Admissions Officer, tasked with helping diversify the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and Officer Core of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Adam Carr has over 12 years of service in the U.S. Army. As a Special Forces Green Beret, Adam hunted Al Qaeda operatives, developed intelligence networks, conducted diplomatic relations, and briefed Ambassadors and Generals on Geopolitical environments. In 2006, Adam earned his B.A. in Security and Intelligence from The Ohio State University. He spent the next eight years deploying to Asia, including Operation Enduring Freedom - The Philippines and Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan. Adam's passion comes from a deep-rooted desire to serve others and save lives. Adam has been profoundly affected over the loss of his teammates, mentors, and close friends to suicide. He currently speaks to students, corporations, and a wide variety of audiences all over the country. He has over 20 years of leadership and managerial experience and is a Business Coach for MBA Students at The Ohio State University. Adam is a graduate of the Ignite Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Adam earned his MBA at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business and was selected as the Most Outstanding Student of his 2019 MBA Cohort. Adam lives in Dublin, OH with his wife Tarah and their three children, Noah, Jonah, and Norah.
Brendan O'Brien is a retired USAF LCol and Director at Kin+Carta. There he supports client's digital transformation initiatives for the past 6 years. Prior to retiring from the USAF, Brendan began his career of service attending the United States Air Force Academy. During his 20 illustrious career, he filled roles as an intelligence officer and A-10 (Warthog) pilot. During his Air Force career, he deployed to the middle east several times, including Afghanistan in 2002 and 2010. His final tours on active duty were focused on developing the next generation of leaders as commander of the Air Force ROTC program in Chicago.
Brendan's career of service continued after his active duty years and he now coordinates the Hiring Our Heroes Fellowship for Kin+Carta, was the Communications Director for Chicago's Red White and Blue chapter, and after serving in a variety of leadership roles is now a board member for the Veterans Leadership Council. Brendan earned his Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Brendan and wife, Amanda, their two children, and dog Biscuit now reside in Parker, Colorado.
Stephen Drum is a combat-tested retired Navy SEAL Master Chief who has 27 years of experience leading and developing high-performance teams.
As an in-demand speaker and consultant, he helps individuals and organizations such as CDW, Horizon Pharma, and 9 Energy develop leadership and performance strategies, so they can plan, prepare, and execute at the highest levels when it matters most.
Stephen has trained and led U.S. and foreign partner special operations forces on high-risk and strategically vital missions across the globe, including combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Branden Marty is a Navy veteran with experiences across a range of challenging environments—from the flight decks on naval vessels to the corporate C-suite to the boot-strapped startup. He is a strategist, a collaborator and an operator. Every assignment throughout Branden’s career has been imbued with the same ingredients—a dedication to community service and advocacy. For example, the Department of the Navy (DoN) asked for Branden’s assistance in submitting a bid from the City of Chicago to host the 2017 Warrior Games. Branden voluntarily led the effort to build public and private sector support and brought DoN leadership to meet with Chicago leaders. It led directly to the awarding of the Games to Chicago. Veteran advocacy is Branden’s vocation, particularly veteran employment and wounded warrior support. This passion is reflected in the missions of the two companies he leads: Veteran Roasters, Cup O’ Joe Coffee and Bridge My Return (BMR.) Veteran Roasters is a local Chicago coffee roaster that employs homeless and at-risk veterans—providing them with renewed hope, fresh opportunity and portable skills development. Learn more about Veteran Roasters Cup O’ Joe Coffee at ww.veteranroasters.com. BMR is an efficient military hiring technology platform connecting veterans and transitioning service members to career opportunities with military-ready companies based upon skills-to-skills matching. Learn more about BMR at www.bridgemyreturn.com.
David Rader is an Attorney-Advisor for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the Unites States (CFIUS) at the Department of Defense. He has served as a Manager at EY in Transaction Advisory Services practice, a Vice President in the Corporate & Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan, and as an Associate in the National Security Research Division at the RAND Corporation. He also served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army. David has participated in professional leadership programs with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. David holds a BA in Political Science, MA in Government, JD in Corporate Bankruptcy Law, and an MS in Finance.
Retired Brigadier General Stephen K. Curda, Ph.D. formerly served on the Governor’s Cabinet as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA). He was responsible for establishing long term strategic goals for the future of the IDVA and provided oversight of four veteran homes caring for over 900 Veterans and coordinated over 80 veteran service offices throughout the state of Illinois.
Dr. Curda served in the US military for over 30 years in active duty, Guard and Reserve positions. He commanded units at every echelon, from platoon, company, battalion, brigade and two general officer level commands. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) veteran. His numerous awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.
Dr. Curda is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Curda serves as an Associate Professor in the National College of Education at National Louis University and as Senior Advisor to the President on Student Veteran programs. He has previously held faculty positions at Florida State University, the University of Toledo, and the University of West Florida as a professor of Instructional Technology.
LCDR David N. Trenholm, of Rockford Illinios, Enlisted in the Navy in June of 1995. After completion of Bootcamp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes Illinois, LCDR Trenholm checked into Yoemen “A” schoolat NAS Merdian MS. In January of 1996, then YNSA Trenholm, checked into his first Command at VFA-106 Gladiators at NAS Cecil Field FL. LCDR Trenholm was selected for the BOOST program in 1998 and left for New Port, RI. LCDR Trenholm graduated from Florida State University, in 2003, where he earned a Double Bachelors of Science in Finance and Real Estate.
LCDR Trenholm attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida from 2003-2004 while assigned to the VT-4 Warbucks with follow on training at the 562nd Flying Training Squadron at Randolf AFB in San Antonio TX where he earned his “Wings of Gold” in April 2005. He was selected to his first fleet aircraft, the P-3C Orion, and reported to training at Patrol Squadron 30 located at NAS Jacksonville, FL.
In January of 2006, LCDR Trenholm reported to his first operational aviation assignment VP-5 Mad Foxes at NAS Jacksonville, FL. During his time at VP-5 he completed one tri-site deployment to Djibouti, Sigonella, and El Salvador flying over 500 mishap-free hours and directly contributing in the seizure of more than $100 million in narcotics. He also completed one 7th Fleet deployment flying over 500 mishap-free hours. While attached to VP-5 he served as the Legal Officer, Readiness Offcier, and AW Training Division Officer and qualified as NAV/COMM NATOPS Instructor, Instructor TACCO and Mission Commander.
In March of 2009, LCDR Trenholm checked in to CPRW-11 Weapons and Tactics Unit (WTU) where he served as a Legal Oficer, Warfare Development Division Officer, Training Division Officer. During his time at CPRW-11 WTU he was responsible for developing training curriculium and implantation of training to over 150 students and qualified over 30 Combat Air Crews in the P-3C Orion.
In October of 2011, LCDR Trenholm reported to USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) where he served as the OI Divison Officer, Search and Rescue Officer, Full Motion Video Officer, Common Tactical Picture Manager, and quailed as a Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and Aircraft Launch and Recovry Officer (SHOOTER). He conducted two deployments to the 5th Fleet AOR in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and a Battle “E”.
In August of 2013, LCDR Trenholm checked into CPRW-11 Det FSU-5 where he completed 3 EUCOM deployments amassing over 750 flight hour providing accurate and crucial ISR&T to the FIFTH, and SIXTH Fleet Commanders in support of Operatoins INHERENT RESOLVE. He served as the Maintenance Officer, Admin Officer, Training Officer, and Operations Officer during his time at FSU-5.
After being selected for Operational Training Department Head, LCDR Trenholm reported to TACRON 22 in January 2016 where he served as the Operatoins Officer, Training Officer, Admin Officer, and Detachement Plans Officer, and qualified as a (TACCWO). He deployed with onboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) to FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet in support of Operation ODYSSEY LIGHTING. He also deployed aboard the USS IWO JIMA (LHD-7) in support of Hurrican relief due to Hurrican Irma and Matthew.
For his twilight tour, LCDR Trenholm reported to CPRW-11 Det FSU-5 July of 2018 where he served as the Maintenance Officer and Detachment Officer-in-Charge of a deployment to FIFTH Fleet and SEVENTH Fleet.
LCDR Trenholm has accumulated more than 2,250 flight hours in the mighty P-3C Orion aircraft. His personal decorations include the Air Medal (2 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards) and numerous Campaign, Service and Unit awards.
David is married to the Danielle Trenholm of Monticello, FL and together we have 2 children; Sean 19, and Kady, 15 in Jacksonville, FL.
David earned a Double Bacholers of Science in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State Univeristy and a
Joe Wallis, senior military engagement manager for Military Affairs at Microsoft, manages Microsoft’s on-base military engagement for Microsoft Software and Systems Academy, as well as Microsoft’s other military programs. Joe has supported military recruiting and engagement at Microsoft for more than four years, and more than half of his nearly 20 years of recruiting experience have been focused on transitioning veterans. A second-generation service member, Joe is a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and has 28 years of combined active and reserve service. Upon commissioning as a second lieutenant, Joe spent more than five years on active duty as a communications officer and recruit training commander. He served on active duty for more than five years post-9/11, supporting the European Command, Southern Command and Headquarters Marine Corps. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master of arts in international relations from the University of Miami. He has also studied at the Naval War College, the Joint Forces Staff College and the National Defense University.
Ask former Army Intelligence Officer Todd Uterstaedt which characteristics are most important for success in the corporate world and he will respond that they are similar to the characteristics for success in the military world, honor, integrity, respect, focus and dedication. As co-founder and chief executive officer of Baker & Daboll, he has coached CEOs, presidents, CFOs, COOs, leaders and managers on how to be better leaders. Before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in communication arts in 1993, Todd took advantage of the many leadership development opportunities available at Hofstra. His involvement in ROTC and his time spent as an RA were the groundwork for his career as a military officer and later the leader of an international executive coaching firm. Todd used his experience as second lieutenant in a combat engineer battalion to learn about the importance of teamwork and loyalty. It was Todd's experience in South Korea that left him humbled and eager to learn more, a quality that stays with him today. Todd lives by the phrase "Never Give Up," and this is undoubtedly the mantra that has led to his many successes. He uses his leadership and communication skills to transform some of the country's foremost business leaders, and he hopes to gain international recognition in the years to come. Todd is married and lives with his wife and two children in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason, Ohio.
Retiring after 31 years in the U.S. Army, Brigadier General Gary M. Profit began his transition to a civilian career – and developed a passion for helping other military veterans do the same. In 2008, Gary joined Walmart as its Senior Director of Military Programs. On Memorial Day 2013, he set about delivering on the retailer’s commitment to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018. To date, Walmart has hired more than 70,000 veterans. On Veterans Day 2010, the Walmart Foundation announced a five-year, $10 million commitment to support veteran employment and transition, and, in August 2011, increased the commitment to $20 million. In 2014, the Foundation delivered on its promise more than a year in advance and committed another $20 million to ensure the support continues through 2019. Gary believes that much can be achieved by empowering veterans to use their considerable skills in their new futures. “Once you get in the door, the advancement opportunities are endless.”
Bestselling author, CEO and thought leader Jim White, PhD has a way to rejuvenate America and heal her wounds. Join us for a new episode of Healing America With Dr. Jim White webinar series next Tuesday at 6:30 pm ET as we discuss America post-election 2020. Our guest, Robert Shapiro, will join us to share what gives him hope that HEALING AMERICA is possible. Mr. Shapiro is a Professor of political science, Columbia University.
Bestselling author, CEO and thought leader Jim White, PhD has a way to rejuvenate America and heal her wounds. Join us for a new 1 HOUR episode of Healing America With Dr. Jim White webinar series next Tuesday at 6 pm ET as we discuss America post-election 2020. Our guest, Ronald Winter, will join us at 6:30 pm ET for the second half of the show. Mr. Winter is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and former marine.
Bestselling author, CEO and thought leader Jim White, PhD has a way to rejuvenate America and heal her wounds. Join us for episode 9 of his Healing America With Dr. Jim White webinar series on November 3 at 6:30 PM ET as Dr. White interviews Baxter Swilley, Partner, Main Street Consulting, and Former Candidate for Illinois Lieutenant Governor.
Bestselling author, CEO and thought leader Jim White, PhD has a way to rejuvenate America and heal her wounds. Join us for episode 8 of his Healing America With Dr. Jim White webinar series on October 27 at 6:30 PM ET as Dr. White interviews Jack N. Rakove, Pulitzer Prize winner and Professor Emeritus of Stanford University.
Bestselling author, CEO and thought leader Jim White, PhD has a way to rejuvenate America and heal her wounds. Join us for episode 7 of his Healing America With Dr. Jim White webinar series on October 20 at 6:30 PM ET as Dr. White interviews Dr. Dov Snow, Clinical health psychologist and serves as Publisher of The Chicago Jewish Home, Chicagoland’s largest Jewish newspaper.
David Muir is the leader of the Easterseals' Veteran Staffing Network (VSN), an innovative program designed to be the first sustainable solution for veteran unemployment. My role on the team is working with businesses to build partnerships with lasting impact. The services our team provide are focused on connecting organizations who desire amazing employees to our veterans and military spouses, using a staffing model. We are dedicated to providing top tier military talent to employers and getting our veterans and their spouses into great career opportunities. Our social mission is to educate service members and their families on the skill of job search. Our robust curriculum of 68 courses and nearly 200 learning objectives covers the entire spectrum of job search. All at no cost to the student. Historically programs like this have been funded by government grants or philanthropy, neither of which is a sustainable funding stream, comes with restrictions on who can access the training and where it is delivered and causes people to “fall through the cracks.” To reach sustainability, the VSN employs a full service placement firm model. Our rates are industry standard (20% fee for direct hire, 90 day guarantee) and a 6 month temp-to-hire with zero conversion fee at the completion of 6 months of hourly work, competitively billed. The unique difference using the VSN vs. other staffing firms is we are a non-profit, only work with people from the military community (vets, guard and reserve, wounded warriors, spouses, dependent children) and every penny invested on VSN services pays for other vets to receive social services and career coaching. Results to Date: The VSN is in its 7th year of operation and our work has helped just over 2,500 veterans and family members find employment in 35 states. The revenues from these placements have provided the infrastructure to provide intensive career coaching services to more than 11,000 people. The VSN also provides subject matter expertise on veteran employment programs to our clients.
Ryan has been an integral part of the creation of Valqari’s Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox and focuses his efforts on product development, intellectual property and strategic partnerships in an effort to ultimately reshape the future of the logistics industry. Prior to Valqari, Ryan served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Upon completing his tours of duty, Ryan successfully led several business operations in industries including retail and service in a partnership with Co-Founder Alex Falesch for the past 10 years.
“DJ, Record Producer & Marketing Executive…..In that order”. This is how Lee Farmer describes himself. Lee came up in the 80’s Chicago music scene under the mentorship of Chicago Icons like Mike “Hitman” Wilson, Steve “Silk” Hurley, Farley Jackmaster Funk and Julian “Jumpin” Perez. He was fortunate enough to carry crates and be the “fly on the wall” for many legendary DJ sets and recording sessions all before he graduated High School. After graduation, he Joined the Navy and Served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After serving his country Lee returned to Chicago and was instrumental in the formation of record labels that spawned several international dance hits. Over the years Lee has been DJ of the year for the Chicago R&B Soul awards, Co-founder of the Soul Selector DJ’s, Technical producer for VH1’s Master of the Mix television show, and music director for several national brand tours. Lee is the founder of two companies, one called Maximum Audio Visual, a production company and the other named The Chicago Group Collective, and experiential marketing company. 2017 saw Lee returning to the studio which has resulted in a new release called “Stand Up & Dance” that Lee produced along with Grammy Award Winning Trumpeter Maurice Brown. He has also collaborated with his brother professionally known as Freak Fineman on the 2018 release called “This Could Be The Night” Featuring GTO, released on S&S Records. During the 2020 Corona virus lockdown, Lee collaborated with the Mariano’s grocery chain to create a virtual opportunity for artists, and “Virtual! Live at Mariano’s” was born. Lee and his team at the TCG Collective also created the virtual series “Studio Show Live” for the Illinois Lottery and created the popular DJ series “Sundown Sounds” on Twitch which has featured may well know international DJs including Louie Vega. Lee is currently the producer for the Silver Room digital series which will air in October of 2020. Lee and his team were also the execution arm for the program that took home the coveted Platinum Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago at the 2020 Golder Trumpet awards. Social Media links : http://justonelink.net/leefarmer/
Ruthie Bowles is the Radically Authentic Authority Marketing Consultant. She helps experts become business influencers who can incite real change. Whether through their own content or guest content, she helps her clients create authentic and valuable video and written content. The sort of content that connects them with their ideal clients. The sort of content that continues to delight their current clients, and turns them into brand evangelists. The sort of content that brings in new clients just dying to work with them. Ruthie has three sons and one daughter, plus a few goats and a flock of ducks and chickens. She met her husband while they both were serving in Afghanistan. After 8.5 years of Army service, she became a federal contractor and then an entrepreneur.
If you’re wondering how to job search during COVID-19, you’re not alone. Many people are asking themselves this very question. For this reason, I've recorded five steps to start a job search and get things rolling!