Organizational Change, Emotions and Anecdotes: Key Learnings from the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum 2016
By August Cole, Joshua Pavluk and Bret Perry
The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum recently held its annual conference in Chicago and Avascent’s August Cole, Joshua Pavluk, and Bret Perry attended to connect with reform- and change-minded individuals developing innovative solutions to national security challenges. Key takeaways from the conference discussed in this episode include how to implement long-term organizational change, which Josh and Bret presented on, and the importance of anecdotes and emotions over statistics in storytelling.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
August Cole is the writer-in-residence at Avascent. He is also an Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow, focusing on using fiction to explore the future of war; and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War and the editor of the Atlantic Council’s War Stories from the Future anthology. Previously, Cole reported on the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal. From Washington, he covered companies ranging from Boeing to Blackwater, as well as broader defense policy and political matters. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Joshua Pavluk is a Principal at Avascent, where he advises clients on developing and achieving their strategic growth objectives across the global aerospace & defense, homeland security, and public safety sectors. His specialties include advanced technology, innovation, electronics, unmanned systems, and international expansion. Josh has served a diverse set of clients including global integrators, sub-system and product suppliers, and non-profit laboratories. His field of subject matter expertise ranges from emerging capabilities such as directed energy to cutting edge technologies including robotics and unmanned systems. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bret Perry is an Analyst at Avascent, where he conducts research in government-driven markets including aerospace and defense. Bret provides critical support in strategy development by providing clients with valuable deliverables and market insights through extensive qualitative and quantitative analysis. Bret’s prior work has focused on various defense systems and platforms, including orbital/suborbital launch vehicles, space habitats, tactical ISR systems, electronic warfare systems, tactical aircraft, and ground combat vehicles. For more information, contact: email@example.com.
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