Sunday Opening General Session

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Keynote Speaker: Jake Wood

Co-founder & CEO of Team Rubicon, and author of Take Command: Lessons in Leadership

Sunday, October 20 | 3-5 p.m. | Keynote presentation: Crossing the Rubicon

Jake Wood is the co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones around the world and within the United States.  Since 2010, Team Rubicon has scaled to 100,000 volunteers and deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes of the century.

As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans. He has also appeared in the major media, including MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, US News & World Report, Forbes, Fox News and penned an op-ed for The New York Times. In 2014, Crown Publishing published Wood’s book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership.

Read more about Jake Wood and the mission of Team Rubicon

Jake Wood - Team Rubicon
Photo by Kristina Bowman Photography for Team Rubicon
Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Team Rubicon USA
Official Team Rubicon Photograph by Yusra Kauppila
Photography provided by Team Rubicon

“Lessons in leadership are always ongoing. We should always be growing as people.”


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