Talent Summit


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General (Ret) Joe Martin

General Joseph M. Martin graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 and commissioned as an Armor Officer.  General Martin most recently served as the 37th Vice Chief of Staff, Army; responsible for running a 1.3-million-person global organization with an operating budget of $173 billion.  In this role, he directed the management of executive talent involving 703 senior enterprise-level executives and 4,000 upper-level executives, to include selection, assignment, discipline, and mentorship.  While meeting several goals such as improving diversity retention, this oversight improved the Army’s ability to develop and retain the very best leaders.

During his 37 years of service, he commanded conventional military forces at every level in organizations ranging from 60 to 15,000 Soldiers.  His career included five combat tours in Iraq.  Notable, he led a 20-country coalition that successfully liberated Mosul, Iraq from the Islamic State Caliphate.  He is also responsible for developing a knowledge management process within the Army that enabled staffs and their leaders to purposefully interact in support of commander decision making; dramatically improving performance, morale, and cohesion. General Martin preceded his assignment as the Vice Chief of Staff as the Director of the Army Staff, Commanding General First Infantry Division and the Commanding General of the United States Army National Training Center; the largest capability of its kind in the world that provides U.S. military units and personnel with realistic pre-deployment training scenarios in all aspects of armed conflict.

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Brigadier General (Ret) Rich Gross

Rich is an experienced C-Suite executive, seasoned leader, senior legal counsel, and strategic advisor with deep experience in government, nonprofits, and private industry. He has senior executive experience as both in-house and outside legal counsel and has led cross-functional teams, both large and small, across the globe.

For over 35 years, Rich has been a servant-leader in critical leadership and advisor positions, building teams and providing seasoned counsel on military and business matters with global implications. He served over 30 years in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer and judge advocate and deployed multiple times to combat zones. In the latter part of his military career, he was the principal legal advisor for the Joint Special Operations Command, the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan/NATO International Security Assistance Force, and U.S. Central Command. In his final military assignment, he was promoted to brigadier general and served as the Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition to his military service, Rich has trained executives on strategic communications; was a partner at a veteran-owned DC-based law firm; was the general counsel and chief compliance officer for a mid-sized global company; and was the general counsel and senior advisor for a DC-based strategic advisory firm.

Colonel Pilar McDermott, Ph.D.

Colonel McDermott is a soldier-scholar who served in a variety of command and staff positions, stateside and overseas, during her 27-year Army career, including command of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 30th Field Artillery Regiment, the largest artillery battery in the Army at the time. Some of her other assignments include service in a tactical Military Intelligence battalion in Germany, executive officer of 1/30th Field Artillery Battalion, Deputy G2 (Intelligence) of III Corps Artillery, both at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, political-military planner and counter-proliferation strategist for United States Forces Korea, and executive officer to the Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategy and Policy, United States Forces Korea/Commanding General, Marine Corps Forces-Korea.

Pilar retired from active military duty on July 1, 2013 as a Professor of History and Chief, International Division, Department of History, United States Military Academy. Upon her retirement in 2013, Pilar received the Compass Award from the Women’s Leadership Exchange, awarded to those “who have shifted the paradigm of how women are perceived as leaders.” Pilar was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame in May 2016. 

Major General William Rapp, Ph.D.

Bill has extensive experience in leader development, having taught as a resident lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School, where he ran the leader development program for active-duty military and intelligence fellows and directed the top-level executive education program for senior managers and executives. He now consults and teaches on leadership. As the Commandant (president) of the Army War College, he designed and ran the Army’s strategic leadership program for one to three-star generals, while leading the college in its mission to help senior officers and civilians make the transition from operational to strategic leadership. As the Commandant of Cadets at West Point, he led the leadership and character development programs for the 4,400 cadets.

In over 42 months in combat, Bill led an engineer company in the first Gulf War, commanded a 3,000-soldier brigade in the Iraq War, served as General Petraeus’ personal assistant during the Iraq Surge, and commanded over 17,000 troops supplying all resource needs of the 160,000 U.S. and international force in Afghanistan in 2011-12. He also served as the Army’s senior liaison to the U.S. Congress.


Strategic Planning Workshop

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process

Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:

  1. Lack of systematic approach (70%)
  2. Laundry lists without prioritization (68%)
  3. Decisions based on personalities rather than facts and information (65%)


Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns.  They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning.  Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process.  This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented.  If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form.  The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.

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Women in Leadership Seminar and Peer Discussion

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations. 

Limited space available.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $495 will be added to your total.

Golf Outing

10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS

General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.

The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.

To sign up, select this option in your registration form. Additional fee of $295 will be added to your total.