BTU #274 - Uber for small satellites (Spaceflight with Jeff Roberts)

BTU #274 - Uber for small satellites (Spaceflight with Jeff Roberts)

Why Listen:
Jeffrey works at a company that is the Uber for small satellites. This is an eye opening interview about the space industry, and why Veterans should consider a career in this rapidly expanding…space (had to go there). We talk about program management, about work life balance with a demand job, the reserves, and five kids. We talk about the Reserves and the pros and cons of remaining in the Reserves. And we go through a very detailed breakdown of the space industry.

About Jeffrey:
Jeffrey Roberts is a Mission Director at Spaceflight Industries, which enables timely and affordable access to space as well as capabilities to look at our planet in real time, in every spectrum. He started out at West Point, and served in the Army for 19 years, including deployments to Iraq & Afghanistan while on active duty, and most recently as an Infantry Battalion Commander in the Alaska Army National Guard. He has served as a Reservist and Guardsman, and holds a Masters of Science in Astronautical Engineering. He is married with 5 kids (4 of them are deployment babies!)"

BTU #273 - Your Personal Brand (Lida Citroen)

BTU #273 - Your Personal Brand (Lida Citroen)

Why Listen:
While not a Veteran herself, Lida is an expert in personal branding and - in addition to her work with top executives, she has been helping countless members of the military and veterans for the past 10 years. In this interview we talk about your brand - what it is, why it’s important, and how to take steps towards improving it. We talk about defining your legacy, and how you can use your personal brand as a filter for what you say yes to and what you say no to. We talk about the strategy and the tactics for helping in your job search, and more.

About Lida:
Lida Citroën, founder of LIDA360, is an expert in Personal Branding for Executives, a Corporate Brand Consultant, a Speaker, Author and Reputation Management Coach. She is the author of the best-selling transition book, Your Next Mission: A personal branding guide for the military-to-civilian transition, has top-notch video courses on LinkedIn, and has been featured in MSNBC, The UK Guardian, Fortune, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Hiring America, Forbes.com, Harvard Business Review, CBS MoneyWatch, US News & World Report, and others. She has spent over 20 years in corporate branding and marketing.

BTU #272 - The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (Morgan Plummer)

BTU #272 - The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (Morgan Plummer)

Why Listen:

Morgan talks about how he made the difficult decision to leave the military after 12 years of service, and how he was pulled into government service. He talks about his day job with the US Department of Defense. However, we spend the bulk of our time talking about the non-profit version of his day job, the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. I found this organization, and Morgan’s journey with it, extremely compelling. It’s a great look at how the military and non-military community can work together to be better than the sum of just their parts. It’s also compelling to see how a side pursuit can lead to more passion and productivity in one’s life. 

About Morgan:

Morgan Plummer is the Executive Director of The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, which inspires, connects and empowers people to promote a culture of innovation in the U.S. national security community. He also works as Managing Director of the National Security Innovation Network.

He started out at Michigan State University, after which he served in the Army for 12 years with multiple U.S. units and once as an advisor to the Iraqi Army with 19A Armor. He holds a Master’s Degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University.

BTU #271 - The Global Special Operations Forces Foundation (Stu Bradin)

BTU #271 - The Global Special Operations Forces Foundation (Stu Bradin)

Why Listen:
Stu started a non-profit to help the Special Operations community, and structured it in a way where it is partner and member run. He has now grown it to over 2k members in over 60 countries, with 88 corporate partners, and is growing at a rate of 10-15% every year. He talks about what it’s like to establish a “network of networks” where governments now go to seek advice. He talks about the challenges facing the SOF community, and more.


About Stu:
Stu Bradin is the President / CEO at The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation (GSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to build and grow an international SOF network of military, government, commercial, and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships to confront global and networked threats. Stu started out at the Citadel, and served in the Army special forces, retiring as a Colonel.

BTU #270 - Dr. Nick Armstrong (IVMF)

BTU #270 - Dr. Nick Armstrong (IVMF)

Why Listen:
Nick’s decision to go back to education led to him working in national security policy and ultimately his role leading the research and analytics efforts at the IVMF. Nick never thought he would pursue a Ph.D., but his positive experiences with professors and mentors led him to dive in. In this episode, we talk about the guilt Veterans face when they leave the military while their colleagues continue to serve. We talk about the 25k people that the IVMF helps each year, and how important it is for Veterans to be a better-informed consumers. We also talk about how the biggest challenge Veterans face - beyond employment - is navigating benefits and services.

About Nick
Nick Armstrong is the senior director for research and evaluation at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. He started out at West Point, after which he served in the U.S. Army for 8 years as a field artillery officer, with time in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. After his military service, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, prior to joining Syracuse University. Nick earned a Ph.D. and M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, both focused on public management and international security.

BTU #269 - Air Force to co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen (Sunny Anderson)

BTU #269 - Air Force to co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen (Sunny Anderson)

Why Listen:
What an interview! Sunny has had a career in radio, TV, and is a NYT best selling author. Yet, what sets this interview apart is not Sunny’s unbelievable accomplishments, it’s her candor in talking about the journey to get here. I learned SO much from my conversation with Sunny: she talks about being honest about the work you enjoy and being intentional to make sure you don’t get “promoted out of it”; she talks about finding mentors through hiring managers; she talks about working for free to get your foot in the door; she talks about taking risks and betting on oneself. Her story is one of determination and resilience, and Veterans in any industry can learn a lot from this interview.

About Sunny:
Sunny is a chef, entrepreneur, Food Network personality, and radio personality. She grew up as an Army brat, and served in the Air Force as a radio broadcaster and journalist.After leaving the Air Force as an award-winning broadcaster, she continued her travels as a radio DJ in many cities, culminating in her dream job in New York at a No. 1 rated radio station.
In 2005, she appeared on Food Network’s Emeril Live!, and shortly after, she left her radio career and closed her catering business to focus on chasing yet another dream: sharing her recipes with the Food Network audience. Her first show, Gotta Get It, a food gadget show, premiered in 2007, followed by Cooking for Real, How'd That Get On My Plate and Home Made in America with Sunny Anderson. She's currently a co-host on The Kitchen.In September 2013, she released her New York Times best-selling debut cookbook, Sunny’s Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life (Clarkson Potter). Sunny lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with her rescue pets.

BTU #268 - How the Outdoors Saved My Life (Stacy Bare)

BTU #268 - How the Outdoors Saved My Life (Stacy Bare)

Why Listen:
This interview is unlike any I’ve ever done before. When they launch “The Stacy Bare Fan Club” one day, I’m signing up as a charter member. Stacy is awesome, and every military Veteran should listen to this episode.

About Stacy:
Stacy is the Principal at bare, a boutique consulting firm working to grow healthy organizations, people, and places with an emphasis on health and adventure. He is also the Co-Founder of Veterans Expedition, the founder of Adventure not War, the previous Director of the Sierra Club Outdoors, a former Brand Champion for The North Face and the National Geographic Explorer off the Year for 2014. He served in the Army as an officer for over five years, and so much more.

BTU #267 - Hiring our Heroes (Anna Christen)

BTU #267 - Hiring our Heroes (Anna Christen)

About Anna
Anna Christen is the Deputy Director-Military Spouse Program, Hiring Our Heroes. Hiring our Heroes is a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Anna started out at West Point, after which she served in the Army for over five years as a Human Resources Officer, and is currently serving in the Reserves. She is in the process of obtaining her MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Why Listen
Anna helps run the Military Spouse Program at Hiring our Heroes. In this interview we talk about the 1,00 career summits Hiring our Heroes has conducted, and lessons for Veterans and their spouses. We talk about a Corporate Fellowship program that every Veteran and their family members should know about. We talk about a whole host of resources relevant to any military Veteran.

BTU 266 - Army Veteran to Senior Security Administrator @ Amgen (Rene Berlingeri)

BTU 266 - Army Veteran to Senior Security          Administrator @ Amgen (Rene Berlingeri)

Why Listen
Rene work for Amgen in their Puerto Rico office, where he oversees an expansive security system. He talks about life at Amgen, about his work with military Veterans within Amgen, about continuing to serve on reserves and complete multiple deployments all while still working at Amgen, about passion and doing things with purpose in your heart and much more.

About Rene
Rene Berlingeri is a Senior Security Administrator for Amgen's Manufacturing footprint in Puerto Rico. In the Army, he served in the Army for nearly 30 years, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major. He lives with his wife and six children in Puerto Rico.

BTU #265 - How to Thrive not Survive (Bryan Reeves)

BTU #265 - How to Thrive not Survive (Bryan Reeves)

Why Listen:
This is a great episode for a couple of reasons. First of all, Bryan is a Life & Relationship Coach, which is an off-the-beaten path career path we haven’t covered before. But it’s also a career path that has given him a lot of insight into challenges that people face, both men and women. He talks about thriving, not surviving in ones life, and his decade long journey of career experimentation. He talks about what helped him on this journey, which is learning to figure out what his body was saying “yes” to and what it was clearly saying “no” to. It’s great advice, regardless of what career path you pursue.

About Bryan:

Bryan Reeves is a Life & Relationship Coach. He coaches men, women and couples to experience extraordinary intimate relationships and lives in which they thrive every day. He started out at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, after which he served in the Air Force for 5 years, with his final post as a Captain as the 1st Space Launch Squadron Spacecraft Flight Commander in Cape Canaveral Air Station. He has had a diverse career prior to his current role - which we’ll get into in the interview. He also hosts the podcast, “Men, This way - Life Insights from Wise Men”

BTU #264 - Retired Army to LinkedIn Top Voice (Michael Quinn)

BTU #264 - Retired Army to LinkedIn Top Voice (Michael Quinn)

Why Listen:
Michael Quinn has been named on of LinkedIn’s Top Voices - in this interview he shares easy to apply tactics to expressing yourself on LInkedIn, growing an audience, and building your network. He is also the Founder of HireMilitary, which allows Veterans to get their foot in the door of a company, demonstrate value, test them out for a while and potentially earn a full-time offer, all while getting pad to do so. Michael is a wealth of knowledge - I fast tracked this episode to get it out early, and hope to have him back on the show soon.

BTU #263 - Business Development @ Palantir (Chris Musselman & Michael Adams)

BTU #263 - Business Development @ Palantir (Chris Musselman & Michael  Adams)

Why Listen:
In this episode I interview not one but TWO incredible Veterans who work at Palantir, both of them work in Business Development. We do a deep dive on both Palantir and the functional role of Business Development, with two different viewpoints on each. We talk about listening to your gut when you make decision; we talk about how Veterans have more tech experience than they may think; we talk about taking a step back before making career decisions; we talk about taking the time to find your own way of advocating for yourself, and much, much more.

About Chris & Michael:
Chris Musselman works in Business Development Executive at Palantir. He started out at the Naval Academy, after which he served for over 21 years with the Navy SEALs. He holds a Master’s in International Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University.

Michael Adams is an Business Development Executive at Palantir. He started out at the Naval Academy, after which he served in the Navy for over 20 years as both a Surface Warfare Officer and a member of the Judge Advocate General corps. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.

BTU #261 - A 13 Year Journey to the Perfect Post-Service Career (Robin Brown)

BTU #261 - A 13 Year Journey to the Perfect Post-Service Career (Robin Brown)

Why Listen:
First of all, Robin Brown is one of three Veterans spotlighted in the 30-minute documentary, Adventure Not War. I watched it and consider myself a movie aficionado -it’s fantastic. Google it - it’s also free. It is inspiring, to say the least. In this interview we talk about Robin’s long and complicated transition process from the military - one that took her 13 years to find a career that she loves. And she did it - she’s a relative rarity in that - she found a career that she LOVES, and it shows in this conversation. She talks about how the attributes that made her successful in the military were a liability in the civilian world - how she had to adapt her communication and response to corporate culture in order to be successful. We talk about her job in public service and why this sort of career may be very fulfilling to other veterans.

About Robin:
Robin Brown is the Executive Director at Grand Junction Economic Partnership, a non-profit organization that is your first point of contact if you are looking to expand or relocate your company to the Grand Junction, Colorado area. She served as an Army as an Aviation Officer flying OH-58s for 8 years, where she deployed twice to Iraq- first as an AS3, then as a Company Commander of an attack helicopter company. She is also a self-proclaimed "Army brat from a family of Army brats,” and her husband served as an Army pilot as well.

BTU #260 - Marines to Founder of Ranch Road Boots (Sarah Ford)

BTU #260 - Marines to Founder of Ranch Road Boots (Sarah Ford)

Why Listen:
First off, Sarah has graciously provided a 15%-off coupon for Beyond the Uniform listeners for every product on her website at RanchRoadBoots.com. Just enter the code BTU at checkout and you’ll get 15% off all items, including those on clearance. This is an exceptional interview for aspiring entrepreneurs. We talk about how Sarah successfully raised $28,000 on Kickstarter, and her advice for running a crowdfunding campaign. We talk about marketing on Facebook, Google, and Amazon. We talk about getting out of your comfort zone and  being honest about where the need is for your company’s product. We talk about using freelancers to move faster. We talk about how Sarah manages to run and grow a company while also raising two kids… and it’s a beautiful look at the importance of having boundaries. We talk about making your company as self-service as possible, so that you can focus on meaningful customer interactions.and we talk about - if you have that entrepreneurial  itch - to do it now, and not wait for that MBA, experience or whatever else you think you may need. 

About Sarah:
Sarah is the Founder and Head Honcho at Ranch Road Boots, where her mission is to create leather goods with style and quality that can last forever. Ranch Road Boots donates proceeds from every purchase to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund and has a program making boots for amputees. She started out at the University of Texas at Austin, and served as an Officer in the Marine Corps for six years, with time in Iraq, Afghanistan and 29 Palms. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, and has worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group as well as at the startup, Local Motors. Sarah has offered BTU listeners 15% off all items on Ranch Road Boots, including clearance items, and you’ll find additional details in the show notes for this episode.