2018 Featured Speakers

USMA is planning for over 40 presenters – here are some of the speakers for the upcoming conference and past featured speakers. Do you collect educational hours toward accreditation? USMA offers 17 hours of programming.

Jake Wood

Co-founder and President of Team Rubicon, and author of “Take Command”

Jake Wood is co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to deploy disaster response teams. Under his leadership, Team Rubicon has responded to over 100 disasters since the 2010 Haiti earthquake and grown from eight to 35,000 members. Prior to Team Rubicon, Wood served four years in the United States Marine Corps where he graduated at the top of his class at Boot Camp, the School of Infantry, and the Marine Scout Sniper School. During his service he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and earned numerous commendations, including the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor distinguishing device. Wood holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in Business and Political Science. He played football for the Badgers on a full athletic scholarship and was twice selected to the Academic All-Big Ten football team.

Leigh Gallagher

Editor at Fortune Magazine and author of “The End of Suburbs and “The Airbnb Story”

Leigh Gallagher is an editor at Fortune. In her role as Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune, Leigh writes and edits feature stories, helps steer the publication’s editorial direction and oversees its annual “40 Under 40” list. She is a co-chair of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and the executive director of the MPW Next Gen Summit. From 2014 through 2016 Leigh was the host of Fortune Live, Fortune.com’s weekly 30-minute video show featuring one-on-one interviews and roundtable panels with CEOs, entrepreneurs and other leaders from the business world.

She is the author of The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions…and Created Plenty of Controversy. The first book solely focused on the origins and growth, color and controversy of the $30 billion disruptive “home-sharing” startup, The Airbnb Story has been called “an engrossing story,” a “must-read,” and has been named a highly-anticipated book of 2017. Leigh is also the author of The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, published in 2013 and described by the New York Times and others as “prophetic,” “a first-rate social history” and “a steel fist in a velvet glove.”

Leigh is also a seasoned on-air commentator, appearing regularly on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CNN and a variety of other outlets; she can be heard every other Friday on the “Weekly Wrap” with host Kai Ryssdal on public radio’s Marketplace. She is a frequent moderator and keynote speaker at Fortune and other business and economic conferences.

Leigh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past visiting scholar at the Business and Economic Reporting program at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. Originally from Media, PA, she is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Alison Levine

Team Captain of the First American Women’s Everest Expedition & Author of “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments”

Alison Levine is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles – a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam. She has applied her life lesson to climbing the corporate ladder in the Pharmaceutical industry and Goldman Sachs. The holds an MBA from Duke University. She served as deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger in his successful bid to become Governor of California. She spent four years as an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint and is a contributing author to the book, “Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for Armed Forces, Emergency Services and First Responders”.

2017 Featured Speakers

Emmet Smith, NFL player businessman & philanthropist

Smith was one of the NFL’s most distinguished running backs during his career. Today he runs businesses in real estate, construction and technology.

Carey Lohrenz, U.S. Navy Pilot & author

A dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she shares the fundamentals of winning under pressure.

Mike Rayburn, Guitar Virtuoso, Author and Speaker

World-class guitarist and humorist teaches principles to help anyone achieve more. He has performed around the globe and at three TedX events.

Theresa Payton, Cybersecurity CEO

The first female to serve as White House CIO, Payton oversaw IT operations for the President and his staff from 2006 to 2008. She captivates audiences with insights on the world of cybersecurity.

Past Featured Speakers

James Carville & Mary Matalin

Newt Gingrich

Herman Cain

Brian Shul

Steve Ford

Captain Gerald Coffee

Margaret Morford

Andy Serwer