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Victory Road Breakout Sessions




Victory Road Breakout Sessions

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: The Mindset of an Extraordinary Team

Attendees will split into four rooms and will experience the following breakout sessions from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Attendees will then gather in the general session room for a closing panel discussion and Q&A session.

What Makes The Best The Best: The Driving Force Behind The World's Greatest High Performance Teams

USN Commander Matt Myers


Improvising & Elite Mindset

Travis Thomas, Founder of ‘Live Yes And’ & IMG Academy Leadership Specialist

Travis Thomas is the Founder of Live,Yes And sharing his interactive and inspiring message of purpose, authenticity, and collaboration to audiences and companies across the US. For over 18 years, Travis has performed as an improvisational comedian and corporate training specialist. His coaching practice combines the principles of improvisation and personal performance to help individuals and organizations live with more purpose and authenticity. In addition to Live Yes, And Travis recently served as a Leadership Specialist at IMG Academy in Florida working with elite athletes from around the world, such as the United States U17 National Soccer Team and the NFL and NBA Combine prospects. Travis' corporate resume includes the likes of PepsiCo, Under Armor, Gatorade, Cintas, the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays.


5 Components of Extraordinary Teams 

Lee Rubin, Captain, Penn State Football

Lee will dive deep into the 5 key components that make up an Extraordinary Team - Competitors, Communication, Common Goal, Chemistry and Consistency from a Leadership Development perspective.

Delivering more than 100 programs annually on team building, leadership and peak performance, Lee has emerged as one of the most engaging and sought after voices across the country building that foundation for the nation's top high performance organizations and teams at the Elite Corporate level with the likes of Sony, Intel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson, MassMutual, PennMutual, Ameritrade, ETrade and TMobile as well as at the Collegiate and Professional Athletic levels across the country and within our special operations community. This strong core foundation of the key components of an extraordinary team was instilled early on within Lee as he was put to task by legendary Coach Joe Paterno serving as the Captain of the Penn State Football team where he was a three-year starter.


Decision Making Under Fire

Chris Howe, US Navy SEAL, Lead Instructor, Victory Road

Former US Navy SEAL Chris Howe will speak about the rigor of BUD/S (SEAL) training and his initial combat experience in Fallujah, Iraq, taking down a house occupied by enemy hostiles as well as civilian noncombatants. He also discusses the importance of rigorous and realistic training, trust and how to build it, the need for a clearly defined and communicated team mission as well as standard operating procedures, and the need to adapt to on-the ground realities to ensure mission accomplishment. Topics will include leadership principles, standards, and best practices and how to apply lessons learned within family, work, and local community contexts.

Chris is a former Petty Officer First Class U.S. Navy SEAL. Beginning in 2004, Chris volunteered for and completed several of the U.S. military's most challenging training courses, to include Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/s), SEAL Qualification Training (SQT), and Special Operations Combat Medic (SOCM) training at Fort Bragg, NC. Chris then spent 4 years assigned to SEAL Team Five, Alpha Platoon, and graduated from several advanced training courses including Range Safety Officer, Diving Supervisor, and Naval Special Warfare SEAL Sniper School. He completed two overseas combat deployments in 2008 and 2010 to Fallujah and Baghdad, Iraq where he served as the Lead Sniper and Senior Medic for his 40-man Task Unit. Chris took part in combat missions and received multiple awards for bravery while under enemy fire, including the Joint Services Achievement Medal and Navy Commendation Medal, both with valor distinguishing devices. After leaving the SEAL Teams in 2012, Chris worked as a private security contractor in Baghdad, Iraq and as an international security and medical evacuation specialist. Chris has spent the last five years teaching leadership development and team building training to the country’s top athletes, teams and business professionals across our nation and is one of the most sought after leadership specialists in the country.

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