NextGen BENS - SouthEast

About NextGen


The objective of the Next Generation Business Executives for National Security program (NextGen BENS) is twofold. Firstly, it aims to generate member cohorts and an alumni network of rising, mid-career US business executives who understand and support the BENS mission, both presently and into the future. Secondly, it seeks to build a pipeline for BENS Southeast and BENS National, while providing executive development opportunities for young members. This includes targeting 8-12 individuals for the first cohort of NextGen BENS SE. Candidates are assessed based on their potential for a CEO path, patriotic commitment, values-driven  communication skills, and willingness to contribute. Both veterans and non-veterans are eligible, with a focus on evaluating their potential as future contributing BENS Members.

The NextGen BENS program offers a range of benefits designed to foster professional growth and networking opportunities. These opportunities will include quarterly education-driven forums, including events such as the Mentor & Mentee Networking Event, Education Driven Program, Executive Decision-Making Exercise, and Cohort Dinner, providing valuable insights and connections. Participants will also gain access to exclusive BENS events and networking opportunities with thought leaders from the US business community, enhancing their professional networks.


The requirements for participants in the Next Generation Business Executives for National Security (NextGen BENS) program are as follows:

Professional Background

  • Future C-suite executives or rising leaders in their 30s and 40s
  • Demonstrated passion for national security issues


  • Ability to attend a minimum of 85% of program dates and events
  • Maintain a personal commitment to the BENS mission
  • Actively engage in program activities and discussions

Financial Expectation

  • Fulfill a financial expectation of $2,500 annual dues, which also activates a formal BENS membership with nationwide advantages


  • Participate in monthly BENS engagements
  • Collaborate with fellow participants and contribute to program objectives

Values and Attributes

  • Patriotic love of country
  • Values-driven communication
  • Willingness to give back to the community and country
  • Professionalism being a precursor to Excellence

Selection Process

The application process for the BENS NextGen Program involves submitting various components, including a candidate information form, resume or curriculum vitae, one short essay expressing interest in the program and outlining the importance of sharing best business practices among American business and government leaders, and a letter of recommendation from a current or past BENS member. Additionally, applicants may undergo a video interview as part of the selection process.


  • Application Period Open: April 2 - June 17, 2024
  • Interview Period: June 17 - July 17, 2024
  • Selection and Notification of Applicants: July 26 - 31, 2024
  • Welcome Dinner: August 15, 2024