- Fri, Mar 31, 2017 03:30 AM
332 South Michigan Avenue
Latitude: 41.8773, Longitude: -87.6248
Join us for networking and to hear our panel of industry and business leaders address how to find purpose and fulfillment within post-military career decisions. Panelists will reflect on challenges and successes while discussing how to think about major decisions to find meaning and balance while transitioning to civilian service and beyond. In addition to the Veterans Leadership Council, the panel is being co-hosted by the Chicago Booth Armed Forces Group and the Kellogg Veterans Association. Panelists: Dave Ritter, Partner, McKinsey & Co. Brigadier General (ret.) Bernie Banks, Associate Dean, Kellogg School of Management Elizabeth O'Herrin, Director of Programs, Pat Tillman Foundation Mauro Mujica-Parodi, General Manager, Narrative Science Reid Sawyer, SVP Credit, Political & Security Risks, JLT Panel Host: Todd Connor, CEO, Bunker Labs Panel Bios: Dave Ritter, Partner, McKinsey & Co. As a partner in McKinsey’s Chicago office, Dave is a leader in McKinsey’s retail operations practice in North America. His work focuses on serving clients across a range of retail formats, including grocery, mass, drug, apparel, telecom, and financial services, with an emphasis on in-store operations, customer experience, and change management. Originally from Galveston Island, Texas, Dave graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1999 with a degree in operations research. At West Point, Dave played both Soccer and Handball. As a field artillery officer in the Army, Dave deployed with a scout unit to Iraq in 2003. After his military service, Dave went on to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School. Brigadier General (ret.) Bernie Banks, Associate Dean, Kellogg School of Management Bernard (Bernie) Banks is a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. Currently, he is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and a Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As an Associate Dean, Bernie possesses responsibility for leader development integration across the school’s global portfolio of programs. Bernie retired from the Army as a Brigadier General in 2016 after having successfully led West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership from 2012-2016. In addition to having studied leadership extensively, he has led multiple military units ranging in size from 10 to 500 people. In 1995, Bernie was selected from over 40,000 officers to receive the Army's top award for entry-level managers (General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award). In 2006, the Apache Helicopter unit he was leading in South Korea was designated as the top Apache Helicopter unit globally in the U.S. Army’s annual best aviation unit competition. A West Point graduate, Bernie is broadly educated. He holds graduates degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. Bernie’s work has been published in a variety of outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Military Psychology, New York Times). Furthermore, he has worked extensively with organizations across all sectors concerning their leader development efforts (e.g., Procter and Gamble, Mercedes-Benz, General Electric, IBM, 7-Eleven, The US Forest Service, International Chiefs of Police). An active member of several civic and professional organizations (e.g., The Chicago Club, Harvard Club of NYC, Community Solutions of NYC, USO of Illinois, West Point Society of Chicago), Bernie is deeply invested in his community. Elizabeth O'Herrin, Director of Programming, Pat Tillman Foundation A proud member of the 2010 class of Tillman Scholars, Elizabeth O’Herrin serves as Director of Programs and Scholarships–overseeing scholarship selection, engagement, and opportunities. She served with the Wisconsin Air National Guard from 2001-2008, assembling and transporting conventional weapons for F-16 fighter jets. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA from the Johns Hopkins University, where her research focused on the federal government and veteran reintegration. She has worked on a wide range of issues facing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for nearly a decade. She co-founded the Student Veterans of America and fought with a dedicated team of veteran advocates to successfully pass the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008. She is passionate about learning people’s stories, promoting all things Wisconsin, her faith, and coffee. Mauro Mujica-Parodi, General Manager, Narrative Science As General Manager of Integrated Narrative Solutions & Applications, Mauro leads the team focused on integrating Narrative Science technology into other companies' platforms and dashboards while also overseeing our broader partner ecosystem. Prior to joining Narrative Science, Mauro spent several years working for McKinsey & Company in their banking practice as well as serving as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mauro earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BA from Georgetown University. Reid Sawyer, SVP Credit, Political & Security Risks, JLT A nationally recognized expert, Reid joined JLT in 2015 as Senior Vice President, Credit, Political, and Security Risks and JLT’s Cyber Practice after a 22-year career in the U.S. Army. Reid actively advises numerous senior government and industry leaders, with particular emphasis on terrorism, geopolitical, and cyber security risks. Reid is also a member of the New York City Fire Department’s Terrorism Task Force, providing subject matter expertise on resiliency, preparedness, and cyber issues for senior leaders in New York City and serves on Advisory Board for the University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Threats. Most recently, he served as the senior intelligence strategist for the Middle East and South Asia at U.S. Central Command, leading the organization’s most elite analytical team, for which he received the Director of National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. Previously Reid was selected for a prestigious fellowship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During his fellowship year, he led the first summit on intellectual property theft through cyber means. Having founded the nation’s premier counterterrorism research institute, The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, he led influential national counterterrorism policy reviews and testified before a bicameral Congressional committee hearing. During his career, he deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, and Latin America while serving in Special Operations Forces. The editor of two books on transnational threats and author of numerous articles, Reid was a professor at the United States Military Academy and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs for eight years. Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sawyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University. Panel Host: Todd Connor, CEO, Bunker Labs Todd Connor is the CEO of The Bunker, and Co-Founder of Flank 5 Academy. A Navy veteran who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard the USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52), Todd has held senior leadership roles in the public and private sector. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Special thanks to our event sponsors: WeWork provides small businesses, startups, freelancers, large enterprises, and everyone in between with the workspace, community, and services they need to make a life, not just a living. With weekly events, personalized support, month-to-month flexibility, and access to over 90,000 like-minded creators around the world, WeWork is the perfect place to grow your business. Book your tour here!