19 Nov November 19, 2021 – Individual Advantages Dr. Brian Smith, PenFed & Wove and Lunar Rover Earl Swift
Dr. Brian Smith – Founder of IA Business Advisors
Every single human has meaning. Every single human has
influence, and that influence is our biggest responsibility.
Brian Smith, PhD, founder and senior managing partner of IA Business Advisors, a management consulting firm that has worked with more than 18,000 CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers and employees worldwide. Together with his daughter, Mary Smith, he has authored his latest book, Individual Advantages: Be the “I” in Team (BookBaby, March 2, 2021).
Seda Goff – Senior Director of Veteran Entrepreneurs at PenFed Foundation and Andrew Wolgemuth – Army veteran and Co-founder and COO at Wove
We started about 90% military, but currently we are
serving 90% non-military.
Seda is the Senior Director of Veteran Entrepreneurs at PenFed Foundation and leads the Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program and the Veteran Entrepreneur Fund Bravo. She is committed to inspiring, educating, and connecting veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and innovators. Seda helps to bridge the gap of investment capital to military veteran entrepreneurs by providing development, funding and a platform to grow. Her work also focuses on connecting veteran entrepreneurs to support other veteran entrepreneurs through their successes. Seda served as City Leader for Bunker Labs and previously worked at Capitol Post in Alexandria, VA and founded Lighthouse Global Business to guide international entrepreneurs and US-based start-ups looking to build or expand their businesses. Seda is an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business where she teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurship.
Andrew is a Co-founder and COO at Wove. Andrew grew up in the jewelry industry through his family’s jewelry business in central Pennsylvania. During Andrew’s time in the Army, he started designing and building rings for friends who were serving overseas and wanted to propose upon coming home. Following his time in the Army, Andrew spent the summer working on Wove at Stanford GSB’s Ignite Entrepreneurship Program and developed a unique customer experience that couples love. Wove is a collaborative jewelry design platform empowering couples to create a one of a kind engagement rings with the company’s world class jewelry designers. Wove gives couples the confidence to buy remotely by shipping exact custom replicas to the couples home following initial design. The company prides itself on its craftsmanship, hand crafting each piece with Master Goldsmiths from their shops in Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Earl Swift – Author of Across the Airless Wilds: The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings
We are in an interesting phase in space travel, because now
we have private companies that can do it on their own.
Journalist Earl Swift has written seven books and hundreds of major features for newspapers and magazines, all distinguished by evocative language and deeply immersive reporting. Since 2012, he has been a fellow of Virginia Humanities at the University of Virginia.