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WPAOG Podcast

WPAOG PodcastThe WPAOG Podcast is a strategic initiative focused on tailored audible communications to further inform Graduates on current AOG projects, events, and USMA updates. This customized content is mainly for USMA Alumni and the West Point Community solely produced by the West Point Association of Graduates. The Podcast is distributed by PodBean and is available on Amazon Audible, Google Podcasts, and iHeartRadio.


Never Apologize for Having High Standards with BG (R) Rebecca S. Halstead ’81, Founder and CEO of STEADFAST Leadership

June 22, 2022
This episode features an interview with BG Rebecca S. Halstead ’81, Founder and CEO of STEADFAST Leadership, a leading consultancy company she founded after serving for 27 years in the Army. Halstead specializes in inspirational and motivational speaking, developing leader training programs, leader coaching and mentoring. Halstead has provided hundreds of keynote speeches and leadership training to the corporate and academic sectors at both national and international engagements and was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award in 2022 for her exceptional service.

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Instilling Practical Wisdom in Young Leaders with LTC Tom Dull, Executive Officer at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic

June 15, 2022
This episode features a conversation between Dr. Scott Parsons, Character Education Integrator for the Military Program at USMA, and LTC Tom Dull, Executive Officer at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic. Listen in as LTC Dull talks about his background as a student of virtue ethics, responding to mission command and discipline initiatives, how the U.S. Military’s values vary from other nations’, and the importance of character education for young leaders at the Academy.

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Accomplishing What Others Said Couldn't Be Done with Rolfe Arnhym ’53, Vistage Chair

June 8, 2022
Did you watch the Army-Navy game in Pasadena, CA in 1983? In this podcast episode, we sit down with Rolfe Arnhym ’53, Vistage Chair, the world’s largest and most comprehensive executive coaching organization for small and midsize businesses.  Arnhym talks about his role, and hurdles, in moving the Army-Navy game to Pasadena back in 1983. He currently develops CEOs and executives to add to their professional skill sets. Arnhym’s distinguished 21-year military career includes two combat tours in Vietnam and command of an Infantry Brigade in the Army Reserve.

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Ukraine’s Courage and Leadership in the Face of an Invasion with Ambassador William B. Taylor ’69, Vice President at the U.S. Institute of Peace and Dr. Thomas Sherlock, Professor of Political Science at USMA

June 1, 2022
Ambassador William B. Taylor ’69, Vice President, Russia and Europe at the U.S. Institute of Peace joins Dr. Thomas Sherlock, Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences in a conversation about the history of the region and the Ukraine’s relationship with Russia. Tune in as Ambassador Taylor details his personal experience, what the conflict means for Ukraine’s people, how the invasion effects the U.S. and NATO, and what you can do to help the Ukraine as the country fights for its freedom.

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Be Humble, Tactical, and Technically Efficient with Dan Streetman ’90, Chief Executive Officer of TIBCO

May 25, 2022
This episode features an interview with Dan Streetman ’90, Chief Executive Officer of TIBCO. Dan is an expert at leveraging real-time data to enable faster, smarter decisions. In this episode of On Point, Dan talks about how always finding the right solution and having humility are critical in everything you do.

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Character Cut: How Success in Leadership Stems from the Virtue of Love with MAJ Benjamin Elliott ’07 and Dr. Ryan Erbe

May 18, 2022
This episode features a conversation between MAJ Benjamin Elliott ’07, instructor for MX400 Officership at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic at West Point, and Dr. Ryan Erbe, Emotional Wellness Integrator with the Character Integration Advisory Group at the United States Military Academy.

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Training for Transition with Mark McLaughlin Class of ’88, Chairman of the Board at Qualcomm and Vice Chairman of the Board at Palo Alto Networks

May 11, 2022
This episode features an interview with Mark McLaughlin ’88, Chairman of the Board at Qualcomm and Vice Chairman of the Board at Palo Alto Networks, a global cybersecurity leader working to shape the cloud-centric future with technology that is aimed at transforming the way people and organizations operate. McLaughlin talks about his non-linear career path that started after being medically discharged from the military because of a helicopter accident. He emphasizes the importance of networking with fellow alumni.

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Consistent Routines for Successful Leaders with Rodney Manzo ’04, Founder and CEO of Anvyl

May 4, 2022
This episode features a conversation with Rodney Manzo ’04, Founder and CEO of Anvyl, a company that strives to bring intelligent and connected supply chains to customers around the world.

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Soaring High and Diving Deep in Military and Business with Chris Gaertner ’84, Partner at Integrity Partners and Co-CEO and CFO of DHC Acquisition Corporation

April 27, 2022
This episode of On Point features an interview with Chris Gaertner ’84, Partner at Integrity Partners and Co-CEO and CFO of DHC Acquisition Corporation. Chris has 25+ years of experience in underwriting, advising, and mergers and acquisitions for some of the best technology companies in the world. He has been a lead advisor on over 100 equity and M&A transactions, including some of the largest deals in technology, and has led IPOs for companies such as Google and OpenTable.

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Setting Standards and Records with Jeff Monken, Head Coach of Army West Point Football

April 13, 2022
This episode features a conversation between Rich DeMarco, Associate Athletic Director and radio play-by-play announcer for the Army Black Knights, and Jeff Monken, Head Coach of Army West Point Football.

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Character Education as a Pillar of Development with Dr. Jeffrey Peterson, Director of the Character Integration Advisory Group, at the United States Military Academy

April 6, 2022
This episode features an interview between Dr. Yasmine Kalkstein, the Lead Character Integrator and Associate Professor at United States Military Academy at West Point, and Dr. Jeffrey Peterson, the Director of the Character Integration Advisory Group (CIAG), at the United States Military Academy.

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Strategy in Media and Military Alike, with Rob Schneider, Chief Content, Development and Strategy Officer at Learfield

March 30, 2022
This episode of On Point features an interview with Rob Schneider, Chief Content, Development and Strategy Officer at Learfield. Rob has an accomplished background in corporate development and strategy. He drives innovation and acceleration across the content, data, and digital product teams at Learfield. In this role, he strategizes on how to support growth and development within the sports, media, and entertainment industries.

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How to Succeed in Military and Civilian Life, with General Stan McChrystal, Co-founder of the McChrystal Group

March 23, 2022
This episode of On Point features an interview with General Stan McChrystal, Co-founder of the McChrystal Group. Following his retirement from the US Army after 34 years, McChrystal founded the McChrystal Group, which is an advisory team that partners with businesses to improve the performance of their organizations and help build resilient and adaptable teams that can win in today’s dynamic environment.

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How Character and Wisdom Affect Young Leaders, with Dr. Tom Harrison, Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham

March 16, 2022
This episode features a conversation between Dr. Scott Parsons, Character Education Integrator for the Military Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Dr. Tom Harrison, Director of Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham.

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GEN(R) McCaffrey ’64 Leadership in The Military, Politics, and Civilian Life

March 9, 2022
The latest episode of the WPAOG podcast is here! This episode features a conversation with retired US Army Officer and current news commentator, GEN (R) Barry McCaffrey ’64. For his service in the military, McCaffrey was awarded three purple hearts, two silver stars, and two distinguished service crosses. In 2010, McCaffrey received the West Point Association of Graduates Distinguished Graduate Award. He also served in U.S. President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. McCaffrey talks about his time at West Point, his time in Vietnam and the military’s recovery after the war, as well as his post military experience working for the Clinton administration. McCaffrey also provides insight into what he thinks makes a great mentor and leader.

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Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs in Entrepreneurship with Ben Faw, Co-Founder and CEO of AdVon Commerce

March 2, 2022
This episode of On Point features West Point graduate and technology entrepreneur, Ben Faw. As co-founder of AdVon commerce, Ben helps the company to harness proprietary software to create value in e-commerce. He has expertise in consumer internet with a focus on tech, e-commerce, and media.

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The Drive for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

February 23, 2022
This episode of WPAOG Podcast features a conversation between Lisa Benitez ’88, the Chief Diversity Officer at USMA, and Herman Bulls ’78, International Director and the founder of JLL’s Public Institutions Business Unit. In this episode, Herman talks about leading the initial charge for diversity, equity, and inclusion at West Point. As well, gives insight into how the school has continued to expand those efforts across the organization from the board, staff, and faculty to athletics, admissions, and alumni.

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West Point Association of Graduates: Becoming the Most Connected Alumni Body in the World with HON Robert McDonald ’75 and Todd Browne ’85 Part 2

February 16, 2022
This episode features part 2 of a discussion between the honorable Robert McDonald, the new Chairman of the WPAOG Board of Directors, and Todd Browne, the president and CEO of AOG. Bob and Todd continue to speak about their shared vision for the future of AOG as it continues its mission to become the most highly-connected alumni body in the world for members of the Long Gray Line. They go over the efforts WPAOG is making to coordinate and encourage alumni connections and help provide a clearer path for what’s ahead.

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West Point Association of Graduates: Becoming the Most Connected Alumni Body in the World with HON Robert McDonald ’75 and Todd Browne ’85 Part 1

February 15, 2022
This episode features part 1 of a discussion between the honorable Robert McDonald, the new Chairman of the WPAOG Board of Directors, and Todd Browne, the president and CEO of AOG. Bob and Todd share their mutual and individual goals and vision for AOG. The organization continues to grow and is aimed at fulfilling its mission to serve the Long Gray Line by becoming the most highly connected alumni body in the world.

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Huge End of Year Announcement

December 22, 2021
Hello and welcome to another episode of On Point. In this episode, Eddie makes a huge announcement you won't want to miss. Along with the announcement, we want to wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season and a great start to your New Year!

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There Are No Rules with Taylor Justice, Co-founder, President of Unite Us

December 15, 2021
This episode features an interview with Taylor Justice, Co-founder & President of Unite Us. Unite Us is an outcome-focused technology company building coordinated care networks of health and social service providers. Since launch in 2012, Unite Us has raised $195m in venture funding. On this episode, Taylor talks about how there really are no rules as an entrepreneur, how he raised subsequent rounds of funding for Unite Us, and why he believes it’s so important to keep that sense of purpose, even after serving.

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Balancing Work-Life Harmony with Danny Hwang, Founder & CEO, NPX Point Avenue

December 1, 2021
This episode features an interview with Danny Hwang. Danny is the Founder & CEO of education technology company Point Avenue, and a Partner at NPX Capital. On this episode, Danny shares the major setbacks he overcame at West Point, how mentors like his brother shaped his life, and what you should be striving for instead of work-life balance.

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Dancing with Uncertainty with Socrates Rosenfeld, Co-Founder & CEO of Jane Technologies

Novmeber 3, 2021
This episode features an interview with Socrates Rosenfeld. Socrates is the Co-founder and CEO of Jane Technologies, the cannabis industry’s first online marketplace that recently raised $100M. On this episode, Socrates provides a framework for making tough decisions and doing what feels right, how he turned journal entry dreams into reality, and the power of feeling comfortable in life’s uncertainties.

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Servant Leadership

October 31, 2021
Listen to this exclusive sit down with current USMA First Captain, CDT Holland Pratt, and CEO of the Pat Tillman Foundation, Dan Futrell.  Both guests talk with LTC Andrea Peters ’02 about living a life of servant leadership no matter where you come from or what profession you choose.

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Life is a Team Sport with Mike Erwin, Founder & Executive Director of Team Red, White, & Blue

October 20, 2021
This episode features an interview with Mike Erwin, Founder & Executive Director of Team Red, White, & Blue — a non-profit organization that delivers local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activities. On this episode, Mike shares the different missions that overlap across his personal and professional life, how a key mentor helped pave the way for his successes, and why he believes rowing with chaos is better than fighting against it.

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Defending the Vaccine & Crushing Ceilings with Marene Allison, CISO of J&J

October 13, 2021
This episode features an interview with Marene Allison, Chief Information Security Officer for Johnson and Johnson. Prior to joining J&J, Marene was CISO and VP for Medco, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, and Head of Global Security at Avaya, where she worked on securing the World Cup network in Korea and Japan in 2002. Marene graduated from West Point in 1980, part of the first class to include women, and later served in the Military Police. She has been on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services appointed by the Secretary of Defense and the Overseas Security Advisory Committee appointed by the Secretary of State. On this episode, Marene shares what it meant to graduate as part of West Point's first class to include women, the scope and magnitude of being the CISO for J&J during the production of the Covid-19 vaccine, and how she tackles challenges with an "I can do anything" mindset.

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Faith, Passion, & Intent with David Kim, Co-founder & CEO of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation & Partner and Co-Head of the Investor Relations Team at Apax

September 29, 2021
David discusses what it takes to work a full-time job and run an impactful charity, why you shouldn’t try to be all things to all people, and how to keep the same level of satisfaction and camaraderie in your post-service life.

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The Six Attributes of Success with Herman Bulls, International Director & Vice Chairman of JLL

September 22, 2021
Herman dives into the important differences between networking and connecting, how he draws upon his military experience in the private sector, and the 6 critical skills that he believes lead to success.

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Doubling Down on Investments with Han Kim, Managing Director, Co-founder, Altos Ventures

September 15, 2021
This episode features an interview with Han Kim. Han is the Managing Director and Co-founder of Altos Ventures, a VC firm with more than $10 billion in assets under management. On this episode, Han discusses the thought process that’s guided him through notable investments like Roblox, Marco Polo, Demandbase, Coupang, Outdoorsy, and more. He shares the differences in how he works with entrepreneurs now vs. earlier in his investing career, and how West Point trained him to face challenges day by day.

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There’s No Substitute for Hard Work with Chris Hsu, Co-founder & CEO of Zibo

September 8, 2021
This episode features an interview with Chris Hsu. Chris is the Co-founder and CEO of Zibo, a hypergrowth VC-backed company that provides independent landlords best-in-class property management software and a host of financial services they can leverage to run their properties. On this episode, Chris talks about the leadership lessons he’s learned over 27+ years in business, what it really means to graduate from West Point, and why it’s always important to answer the call when opportunity comes knocking.

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Mike Buddie (Director of Athletics)

September 6, 2021
In this AOG exclusive interview, Rich DeMarco, the Associate AD & Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the Army Black Knights, interviews the USMA Director of Athletics, Mike Buddie to discuss West Point Athletics and more...
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The Art of the Possible with France Hoang, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, boodleAI

September 1, 2021
This episode features an interview with France Hoang, Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at boodleAI. France graduated from West Point in 1995 in the top 1% of his class and currently serves as a Partner at FH and H, holds numerous board positions, and is a distinguished visiting lecturer at West Point. Early in his career, France went from Platoon Leader to Battalion Staff Officer to Deputy Chief Of Police to SWAT Commander before transitioning into the legal field where he ultimately became an Assistant United States Attorney. On this episode, France shares his story of being airlifted out of Vietnam at the age of 2, how he achieved success in both the Army and later as an attorney, and why after 9 years in the private sector, he deployed again at the age of 35 as a Special Forces Officer in Afghanistan.

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Forging Your Own Path with Frank Finelli, Managing Director of the Carlyle Group

August 25, 2021
This episode features an interview with Frank Finelli, Managing Director of the Carlyle Group in Washington D.C., where he focuses on investments in the defense and aerospace sector. Frank graduated from West Point in 1979 and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was also a Field Artillery Master Gunner and served in the 82d Airborne, 1st Armored, and 3d Infantry Divisions. On this episode, Frank shares a wealth of valuable insights on how to break into private equity, maintain relationships within your network, and think strategically about your career after the military.

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BG(R) Dan Kaufman ’68 Interview

August 18, 2021
Hosted by LTC Dave Siry, USMA Class of 1994
Daniel Kaufman, USMA Class of 1968 was the 12th Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy.

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Finding Meaning in Your Life & Work with John Robb, Founder and Managing Director of The Stone Creek Group

August 18, 2021
John unpacks his investing methodology across the various funds and organizations he’s managed capital for. It was fascinating to hear how his experience working with West Point AOG helped shape his vision for creating his own firm.

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From Rhodes Scholar to Combating Ransomware & Taking His Company Public via SPAC with Jason Crabtree, Co-founder & CEO of QOMPLX

August 11, 2021
On this episode, Jason talks about the challenges of preparing to take QOMPLX public via SPAC, how to ‘be your own enemy’ and improve your ideas, plans, and teams by seeing them from the other side of the board, and the many leadership lessons he learned from his time in the Army.

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Don’t Fear Opportunities with 3-time CEO & Chairman of the Thayer Leader Development Group, Bill Murdy

August 4, 2021
Bill Murdy is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the West Point Association of Graduates and a principal and Chairman of the Hotel Thayer and Chairman of its associated Thayer Leader Development Group, which provides corporate executive leadership development. Previously, Bill served as the CEO of Comfort Systems and has served in a variety of senior leadership roles, including President and CEO of Club Quarters and General Investment and Development Company., as well as President, CEO, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of LandCare USA. Bill was also the Managing General Partner of Morgan Stanley Venture Capital. Bill graduated from West Point and served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1974, including one year in the Dominican Republic (82nd Airborne) and two years in Vietnam (173rd Airborne). He was awarded three Bronze Stars, four Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. In this episode, Bill shares the one theme from his career that he believes others can use for their own career, the most rewarding part of business, and the many lessons he’s experienced and learned from his service in the Army and his 40-plus-year-long career in business.

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A Service-Driven Journey with Bob McDonald, Former Secretary of the VA & CEO of Procter & Gamble

July 26, 2021
On this episode, Bob shares his invaluable insights around leadership, innovation, and empathy garnered from his journey through West Point, his three-decade long career at Procter & Gamble, and his tenure as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Career Services

July 6, 2021
The very first episode of the WPAOG Podcast focuses on our Career Services Department and all the great work they have done in helping our Alumni get job placements during pivotal transitional moments throughout their careers. Hosted by: Mike Lyons '83, Major Giving Officer, and special guests Todd Browne '85, WPAOG President and CEO, Miguel Gutierrez '80, WPAOG Assistant Director of Career Services, Julia Ruddock '07, Anees Merzi '11,  Hannah Dahlem '18

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