Wilkes University

Current Speaker

Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Presents:

Jake Wood

Jake Wood

"The One and the Nine: Building Teams and Organizations that Win"

Event - Cancelled

Wilkes University and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship regret that due to inclement weather tonight’s lecture featuring Jake Wood has been canceled.

Questions? Please contact Rebecca Van Jura at (570) 408-4306.

For every 100 people in a typical organization or on your team, there are 10 people who shouldn't even be there, 80 who at their best have a neutral impact, nine who perform exceptionally, and one who is a true leader capable of taking command and creating a winning team or culture. This reality is forcing organizations to rethink what they know about leadership, change management and risk. Those that can adapt will thrive, while those that refuse change will flounder and fail. Jake gives organizations the framework for becoming a better leader and building more agile organizations. Using his own remarkable journey as an athlete, Marine scout sniper, and co-founder of Team Rubicon, Jake shows how you can find and build the team needed to win life's battles and become the one that others look to.


Jake Wood is the co-founder/CEO of Team Rubicon, author of Take Command, a book on leadership and molding military service for good, and recipient of the 2018 Pat Tillman Award for Service, and he will speak on leadership principles and his experiences with Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones in the U.S. and around the world. Team Rubicon has grown to 50,000 volunteers and has deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes in the last decade.

As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans. He has also appeared in the major media, including MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, US News & World Report, Forbes, Fox News and penned an op-ed for The New York Times. In 2014, Crown Publishing published Wood’s book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership.

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