Jake Wood is the co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon.  This amazing organization harnesses the skills of military veterans to respond to disasters across the country and the globe.  Their mission started in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti that devastated the country.  Jake and his co-founder, William McNulty, led a small team into the heart of the rubble and did what veterans do – help.

In this week’s episode, Jake shares the founding story of TR and talks about how the organization has grown over the past 7 years.  We dive into:

• The importance of maintain a strong and authentic culture

• Why veterans are well positioned to lead positive change in American communities

• The challenges of leading and growing a nonprofit

• Why it is ok (and sometimes best) to let people go

Jake is a great friend and Team RWB is proud to work closely with Team Rubicon.  His journey from Division I football, to the Marine Corps, to TR is an amazing story and we’re pumped to share it with you!

 

 

  

 

Carolyn Furdek is a former Army officer who recently published a book that describes her decade long journey as she fights a lingering battle with mental illness over the course of a decade that leaves the medical community and her family struggling for answers.

In this raw and powerful podcast we discuss her battle, and also the ways in which she’s trying to change the system from the inside to help America better handle treatment of mental health.

Get her incredible book here.

 

  

 

Steve Shenbaum is the founder and president of game on NATION and has become a nationally recognized expert on communication, leadership, and character development.  He actually started his career as a working actor in Hollywood and appeared in a number of commercials, television shows, and popular movies.  Later, Steve joined IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida where he began working with top-level performers to improve their communication, teamwork, and mental game.

Since 2012, Steve and his team at game on NATION have brought effective, engaging, and memorable training seminars to world-class clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, to professional sports teams, to star athletes…even Team RWB.

Steve and I have a really rich discussion that covers:

• Finding your voice and the ability to share it

• How to give your best possible presentation

• The importance of authenticity and real connection

• Why it’s cool to use both backpack straps

• The power of “laughing with”

• And much more…
As a friend, mentor, and supporter, Steve has done a lot for Team RWB and we are thrilled to share his knowledge with all of you!

  

Carl Forsling is a senior columnist for Task & Purpose. He is a Marine MV-22B pilot and former CH-46E pilot who is retired from the military after 20 years of service. He is the father of two children and a graduate of Boston University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Carl is a prolific writer on Veteran’s issues, and has tackled some thorny topics in his work, to include writing about entitlement in the veteran community.  We don’t shy away from this in the podcast, and have a very raw conversation about this topic.

 

  

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40, and is a New York Times best-selling author.  

He’s worked with the Military for years, and we spend some time discussing his experiences and some of the following:

• Fostering original thinking in the military

• Innovating thinking

• Translating military leadership into civilian success