Friday, August 18
Omni Hotel – Nashville
Registration and Networking begins at 7:30 am
Breakfast Program from 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker, Brigadier General Marianne Watson, United States Army (retired), serves as Director of Outreach for Center for America (CFA) and Vice Chair of the Campaign Advisory Council of American Jobs for America’s Heroes, a national nonprofit campaign to encourage employers to post jobs for National Guard Members and veterans.
In her role as Director of Outreach and one of CFA’s senior leaders, General Watson works with business associations, military organizations, nonprofits, state and federal agencies to develop ways to expand our collaboration in support of increased employment opportunities for veterans, National Guard members and Reservists.
General Watson also serves as the CO-Chair for Mission: Getting To Next a non-profit organization assisting transitioning military and civilian women overcome the challenges of career transition. Additionally, she is an advisor to Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN). These two non-profit organizations provide employment programs and jobs to veterans, National Guard, Reservists and their spouses.
Until her retirement from the National Guard in December 2013, General Watson served as the Director of Manpower and Personnel, (J-1), at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia. In this role she was Chief Human Resources Officer shaping joint policy and programs for the Army and Air National Guards. She had the primary responsibility of leading a National Guard Joint Manpower, Personnel, and Services Team collaborating with a network of strategic partners, fostering and enabling a resilient operational reserve, and advocating for National Guard Service Members, Families and Veterans by leveraging resources and programs across the spectrum of public and private stakeholders.
Her military career includes command and staff tours in the Virginia and Minnesota Army National Guard plus a tour as the Chief of National Guard Affairs for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
She has a BA in Management from St. Louis University, an MBA from Averett University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.
Master of Ceremonies, Dan Thomas earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology at Penn State. While there, Dan joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He completed his military service in the fall of 2000 as a captain, leading a 15-person organization in weather operations. After his time in the military, Dan began his full-time career in television as the morning meteorologist in Arkansas, chasing and tracking severe thunderstorms. After moving to New Orleans in 2003, Dan earned “First Place for Breaking Weather” from the Louisiana Associated Press in 2004 for his coverage of Hurricane Frances. Most notable was Dan’s coverage leading up to and during Hurricane Katrina. In May 2009, Dan was certified by the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. Today, Dan is thrilled to be a part of Nashville’s WSMV weather team.
Lou Galterio (Baritone) is known for his amazing and moving rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. His powerful voice has brought him many opportunities to sing for the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball. He has sung on Monday Night Football at the Superdome, for the NBA Playoffs and for the NFC Champions Atlanta Falcons. Lou has also been invited to perform the National Anthem for President Trump, First Lady Bush, the Speaker of the House, on Opening Day for the Joint Session of Congress and for the Governors from over a dozen different states. Click here to learn more about Lou Galterio.
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