Return on Creativity, An Arlington Asset: Leading from the Front

Lessons Learned in the Military and Applied in Business

Serving in the military is a path to leadership that has helped grow many companies from the perspective of small, start-up and large business in and around Arlington. We will talk with business leaders who apply their military leadership experience to their own business each day.

Expect to learn the nuances of leadership practices among the different military services, how the best practices have been used in the business environment, and ideas on how to attract and leverage the experience of military veterans to improve the culture and productivity of your own company. Leading people and solving problems often requires a creative approach that deviates the textbook norms. 

Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Marymount University at Ballston Center
1000 North Glebe Road, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Arlington, VA 22201
Fee: Free
Registration: Registration Now Closed
For more information, please contact:
Name: Susan Soroko
Phone: 703-228-1837
Email: [email protected]

Our Speakers


  • Andy Blenkle, VP Fors Marsh Group
    Andy is a former Marine Corps officer turned marketing executive with extensive advertising experience supporting non-profits and federal organizations. As a Marine, he served as an infantry platoon commander and recruitment advertising officer. 



  • Fred Wellman, CEO and Founder, Scoutcomms
    At Scoutcomms, Fred provides senior-level corporate social responsibility, public relations, philanthropic strategy, veterans and military family issues counsel to his clients, and is a retired Army Aeroscout Pilot and Public Affairs Officer. Fred serves as the Chief Executive Officer of an award winning Washington D.C. area based certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp) communications, advocacy and philanthropic strategy firm supporting veterans, military families and organizations committed to their wellbeing.


  • Isacc Barnes, Co-Owner Eminent IT. Isaac Barnes has lead federal software projects for 17 years at the Pentagon, Executive Office of the President, US Navy and the Marine Corps. He's a Marine Corps Veteran, the co-founder of Eminent IT (an Arlington Fast Four winner), the 2015 and 2018 Top Federal Innovator of the Year award winner, Top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs for 2019 and the Ambassador for Crystal City, VA.
  • Kevin Jennings. As President, CEO and founding partner, Kevin is responsible for driving forward Millennium Corporation’s mission of being an industry leader in integrated business and scalable technology solutions. As a Veteran of the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps, prior to founding Millennium, Kevin spent more than 22 years acquiring in-depth knowledge of the Army’s war-fighting doctrine.
  • Patty Collins, Principal, McChrystal Group, designs and leads leadership development and training programs for clients across a variety of industries. Patty retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of active duty, having spent over seven years assigned to Special Mission units within the Joint Special Operations Command.
  • Jennifer Tedder works as a contractor for ManTech International Corporation in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where she is the Action Officer for the Director. A graduate of Georgetown University, Jennifer commissioned into the Virginia Army National Guard through the Hoya Battalion ROTC program in 2011 and currently serves as the Forward Support Company Commander in the 2-183d CAV, 116th IBCT, Virginia Army National Guard.
  • Ron Owens, Founder (retired), LMO Advertising. A Vietnam Veteran, and one of the advertising professionals who worked on the first advertising campaigns for the all-volunteer military in the 1970’s, and founder of one of Arlington’s largest advertising agencies.
  • Sam Meek, Co-Founder and CEO, Sandboxx. Sam oversees business development, capital raising, strategic planning, and team vision at Sandboxx. Sandboxx Family Communications is a company that creates lifestyle technology for military and veteran communities, as well as for their family and friends. Sam is a Marine Corps veteran.

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