Opening Keynote Conversation: “Rebuilding American Consensus”
Panels | Friday, October 27 “America’s Enduring China Challenge: Thinking Big and Innovating at Speed to Maintain Our Competitive Edge”
Participants: General David Berger Commandant, US Marine Corps Ginni Rometty Chairman, President & CEO (ret.), IBM
Moderator: Demetri Sevastopulo US-China Correspondent, The Financial Times
“When Data Rules the World: Keys to Collecting, Leveraging and Protecting It”
Participants: General Keith Alexander CEO & President, IronNet Cybersecurity; former Commander, USCYBERCOM; and former Director, National Security Agency Jen Easterly Director, US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Teresa Carlson Corporate VP, Microsoft, and Non-Executive Chair, KnightSwan
Moderator: Sue Gordon Chairwoman, OneWeb Technologies, and former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
Eisenhower Gala Awardees: Director Avril Haines Director of National Intelligence Arvind Krishna CEO, IBM
“More participants will be announced in the coming weeks”
BENS Adds Directors with Expertise in Healthcare Technology and Sustainability
BENS announces the election of two new members of its Board of Directors. These additions continue the expansion of industry verticals from which BENS draws best business practices for the benefit of its government partners. BENS looks forward to putting their talents and innovations to work for the national security enterprise!
John Driscoll brings more than 25 years of health care experience as CEO of CareCentrix LLC. He previously served as President at Castlight Health, a healthcare technology company. As Group President for new markets at Medco, a $70 billion pharmacy benefit manager, John led product development for employer and health plan clients. During his years at Medco, John was part of the senior management team that spun Medco out of Merck, building an enterprise that was named as the most admired company in healthcare services by Fortune. John was selected by the White House for its Entrepreneurs in Residence program in 2011 to advise the FDA on new paths for innovation. John chairs the Truman National Security Project and served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has a BA and MBA from Harvard University.
Nathan R. Morris is the chairman and founder of Morris Industries, a Lexington, Kentucky-based conglomerate that is reinventing the waste and recycling industry. Morris’s passion to solve environmental threats was pivotal in his founding of Rubicon, the category creator of the digital waste and recycling experience. Rubicon now operates in 22 countries on 5 continents, with a valuation in excess of $1 billion. The company helps Fortune 500 organizations, main street businesses, and municipalities around the world move toward zero waste. Under Morris’s leadership as Founder & CEO, Rubicon has acted as a transformational platform to the waste and recycling category while being recognized as an “Industry Disruptor” by Inc. Magazine and twice named “One of the World’s Most Innovative companies” by Fast Company. Morris graduated from George Washington University as a Scottish Rite Scholar and attended Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Rubicon on Track to Close $1.7B SPAC Deal, Go Public this Month Following Favorable Shareholder Vote
BENS board member and CEO of Rubicon Technologies Nate Morris is expected to soon go public, following favorable results in a Tuesday vote by shareholders of Founder SPAC to merge with the company. After this move, Rubicon will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RBT with an enterprise value of $1.7 billion.
Coming Soon! Building the Base hosts Hondo Geurts and Lauren Bedula will be joined by Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Cyber Effects Operations, U.S. Air Force.
Opinions expressed in the Executive Brief are those of the authors and do not represent policy positions of BENS.
August 18 | Southeast BENS Southeast hosts a luncheon and live stream discussion with BENS member Don Harkleroad. Don will update us on the discussion points that were covered at the 2022 Davos World Economic Forum.
August 25 | Chicago BENS Chicago hosts a Thursday, August 25th dinner discussion with U.S. Air Force guests, Mr. Timothy Sakulich, USAF Research Lab Executive Director, and Brigadier General (Dr.) John Andrus, USAF, 711 Human Performance Wing Commander. The conversation will highlight U.S. force modernization through warfighting technologies in air, space and cyberspace.
September 29 | Dallas BENS Texas Dallas luncheon discussion with Major General Andrew Gebara, USAF, Commander, Eighth Air Force, and Commander, Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Barksdale Air Force Base.
Multiple Dates, Locations BENS Texas luncheon discussions on China and the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party with Col Heino Klinck, USA (Ret.), Senior Associate, CSIS, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia.
BENS Member Mark Shenkman, Founder and President of Shenkman Capital Management was honored with the Museum of American Finance’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding career in the investment industry.