“Recruit, Retain, Reinvent: Mobilizing for Strategic Competition”

The entire world is competing for talent and prosperity.

We aim to explore how the evolving national security environment will impact the current and future military workforce, veterans, and their families.

We will identify challenges and opportunities for government and community leaders to consider as our Nation advances to meet new demands and works to solidify America’s position on the world stage.

July 27 – 28, 2022

The Gallup Building

901 F Street, NW – Downtown DC

(entrance is on 9th Street)

Free & Open to the Public

July 27, 2022 – Program Begins, 12:00 pm

with Evening Reception, 6:30 pm

July 28, 2022 – Program Begins, 8:00 am

Thank you to all the LEAD Cohort 7 Protégés, Speakers, Panelists, Partners, Attendees and Online Viewers Who Made CAPCON 7 such a wonderful event!

Please stay tuned to this webpage as well as HillVets social media channels for photos.

Full recording of CAPCON 7 will be on the HillVets YouTube channel soon!

Schedule of Events

Day 1 Full Schedule and Details
Day 2 Full Schedule and Details

The 2022 LEAD Cohort 7 is the largest one yet! 25 of the brightest individuals within the military-connected community came together once per week for 16 weeks to learn from and interact with numerous Expert Guest Speakers from the defense, national security, advocacy, and media spaces.

As always, the cohort was divided into three fire teams: Defense, Media & Communications, and Veterans & Military Families. Each fire team planned a panel of experts in each field – entirely on their own.

Meet this Year’s Cohort

Cohort 7’s Fire Team Panels

Communications & Media Panel - "A Maverick Approach: Harnessing 21st Century Media to Bridge the Military Generational Gap"

Thursday, July 28th


Defense Panel - "Refocusing Defense: Strengthening and Sustaining the US's Deterrence at Home and Abroad"

Wednesday, July 27th


Veterans and Military Families Panel - "Reinventing the Veteran and Family Transition: Channeling a New Sense of Service"

Wednesday, July 27th


Photograph of VA Asst Sec'y GrossoKEYNOTE SPEAKER: Gina Grosso

Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security and Preparedness

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Secretary Grosso’s Bio

Special Guests Include

(subject to change)

Photograph of U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer

HillVets House Ambassador

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer

HillVets House Ambassador

U. S. Representative Brian Mast

HillVets House Ambassador

U. S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

HillVets House Ambassador

U.S. Representative Don Bacon

HillVets House Ambassador

U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema

Because CAPCON 7 will, for the first time, span two days, HillVets put out a call for abstracts, and individuals within the military-connected community responded in force!

With input from Protégés of LEAD Cohort 7, five presentations were selected to participate in CAPCON in addition to the cohort’s three fire team panels.

Wednesday, July 27th


Thursday, July 28th


Thursday, July 28th


Wednesday, July 27th


Wednesday, July 27th


Events like CAPCON Would not be Possible without Such Outstanding Supporters As

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