How Military Training Has Prepared You to Be an Entrepreneur – For Veterans and Military Spouses
November 10, 2020 at 12:30pm Central Time
At Patriot Boot Camp, we always say that military training qualifies you to be an entrepreneur. Skills you learned in the military translate well to the pressures of being a founder: You are flexible, able to pivot, willing to work hard, willing to get dirty, willing to lay it all on the line, able to jump hurdles, perseverance, solid on leadership skills, humble, and much, much more. Join us to learn more about how to get started on your entrepreneurial journey.
Gregory Coleman, CEO, Sworkit
Leader, Entrepreneur, Innovator. A unique hybrid of tech entrepreneur and senior government official. As CEO of Sworkit, he leads a company dedicated to helping people around the world achieve their fitness goals through the use of the company's award-winning and internationally recognized connected fitness platform. As an Air Force Colonel and Defense Department leader, he uses this unusual skill diversity to effectively lead organizations of any size. He advises the senior-most members of the military and broader Defense Department on how to make their organizations more innovative and on how to more effectively work with early-stage technology companies.
Gregory is an Air Force Veteran out of Washington D.C. Sworkit (sworkit.com) is a premium digital health and fitness company founded in 2012. We provide workouts, customizable plans and resources that allow people to adopt and maintain healthy habits for life.
KC Chhipwadia, CEO, Athlete Foundry
KC is convinced deep to his core that the creation of Athlete Foundry was 20 years in the making, forged through his NASA and U.S. Navy life-changing events, challenges, and experiences, each uniquely preparing him to discover his life's true purpose ― to improve the odds and inspire others to seek and achieve their dreams by crushing inequities ― starting with student athletes.
Before starting Athlete Foundry, KC has been privileged to serve our great Nation in two capacities, 20 years as a senior human space flight engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center, supporting over 50 Space Shuttle missions, including the Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation, with his last post serving as the manager of the Space Shuttle astronaut launch & entry suit and crew escape system; and 20+ years, active & reserve combined, in our United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, including deployments to Iraq looking for our missing-in-action, and Afghanistan with Naval Special Warfare.
After life changing deployments, KC discovered his much bigger purpose & passion, taking his combined NASA & Navy backgrounds to build a world-class team, products, and company to lift and positively impact pre-college student athletes & families across our great Nation, through a new lens, like never before.
Michele Atkinson, CEO Contract Cloud, Military Spouse Founder
Michele is known for her expertise in government contracting, specializing in proposal development for multi-million dollar service contracts for architecture, engineering, construction, environmental, and IT services. She played a key role in over $25 Billion of federal contracts awarded to quality-focused and ethical firms – just in the last five years alone. Michele has been writing and managing government proposals for nearly a decade and is well-versed in the FAR and the SBA's regulations for small business set-aside contracting. She is currently using her in-depth knowledge of the contracting struggles that small businesses face, combined with her mastery of the RFP and proposal process, to grow and scale her newest venture: a full life-cycle SaaS platform designed specifically for government contractors. Michele and her outstanding team are making government contracts more accessible, and less costly and burdensome to obtain through this platform.
As a military spouse (USAF), Michele is committed to providing remote careers for other military spouses.
Moderator: Jen Pilcher-CEO, Patriot Boot Camp
Jen is the CEO of Patriot Boot Camp, a 501(c)(3) serving over 1000 veterans, service members, and military spouse entrepreneurs across the nation. She is also a proud 2013 alumna of Patriot Boot Camp and served as a mentor and speaker over the past 5 years. She is one of the nation’s foremost thought leaders in engaging the military spouse and veteran communities. Using more than 15 years of marketing and media experience and the personal experience of being a Navy spouse for over 20 years, she develops outreach programs and authentic content that empower the lives of service members, veterans, military spouses, and beyond.