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Tuesday - Main Agenda



General Session: Developing and Retaining Talent

09 May 2023
Marriott Water Street - Floor 2 - Grand Ballroom
General Sessions
USSOCOM has the nation’s most elite warfighters in its arsenal, but how does it ensure they thrive and excel throughout their careers? This panel features a diverse set of leaders across many sectors to discuss best practices in developing and retaining talent. Panel members will discuss essential elements of this effort from their diverse perspectives of training, sports, academia, and the military. It will also emphasize how USSOCOM invests in its people to ensure they are the most highly developed workforce within the Department of Defense.
Lieutenant General Jonathan Braga, Commanding General - U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Mr. Ed Magee, Vice President for Strategic Operations - Belmont University
Mr. Darren Shand , Manager - New Zealand All Blacks
Major General (Ret.) Kurt Sonntag, Former Commanding General - U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
Lieutenant General Tony Bauernfeind, Commander - U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command
Dr. Andy Walshe, Founding Partner - Liminal Collective

  • We are extremely excited USSOCOM selected GSOF to co-sponsor its newly envisioned “SOF Week” in 2023. SOF Week will be a national convention for U.S. SOF and include a more diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, operator-driven discussions, and family-focused conversations. In 2020, GSOF was designated as a National Military Association by the U.S. Department of Defense, and we look forward to working with USSOCOM to make “SOF Week” an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.