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Wes O'Donnell

A veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force, Professor Wes O’Donnell is a highly sought after presenter who has recently spoken at TEDx on Data Visualization and the US Air Force Academy on Leadership. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. Wes educates companies and government organizations on a number of topics ranging from emerging technology and big data visualization to veteran’s issues and leadership. But Wes’ best talks tend to center around his personal journey from poverty to distinguished entrepreneur and professor; a truly inspiring journey.

It’s Time to Address Toxic Leadership in the Military

About 81% of servicemembers decide not to remain in the military for 20 years until they are eligible to retire. This decision comes despite the many benefits of military service:

Big Retirement Changes Coming for the Military

Serving in the military offers many benefits – a secure career, the opportunity for promotion and retirement, and the chance to travel.

5 Steps to Do Right Now to Continue Learning

The history of higher education in America is rife with success stories. Conversely, college closures have disrupted the learning and career goals of their abandoned students.  The impact of those closures can be widely felt.

Pearl Harbor: Not the Last Surprise Attack on the US

December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, occurs every year. It’s a time to reflect on our history. It should also be a time for national security professionals to examine past surprise attacks, especially the horrendous attacks on 9/11 that killed some 3,000 innocent civilians.

A Date that Still Lives in Infamy 77 Years Later

War came to America when major league baseball was in its winter hibernation and diamonds had given way to gridirons. It came at the hands of a nation that loved baseball almost as much as the United States and whose gift of 3,000 cherry trees in 1912 had become an icon in the nation's capital.

Reflecting on Bush, the Last Combat Veteran President

With the passing of George H.W. Bush, America not only lost the last president who served in combat, but also the last of the “Greatest Generation” chief executives. The country has seen a string of Baby Boomer presidents since Bush left office...