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HillVets LEAD

A Second-to-None Leadership/Mentorship Program for the future leaders of our Nation

Are you a policy, media/communications, or political professional looking to take your leadership and self-improvement to a new level? HillVets is looking for dedicated individuals looking to spend up to 3 hours a week for 12 weeks improving their skills alongside some of our Nation’s most sought after leaders. Individuals who will join a lifelong “fireteam” of 6 who will push each other to success.  These individuals will stay engaged in the years to come, look for ways to improve each other and the program, and pay it forward to those that follow in their footsteps.

Leadership Training

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The Leadership training portion of HillVets LEAD
will be led by former Secretary of Defense and
Chairman of the HillVets Advisory Board, Chuck
Hagel and former Secretary of the Air Force,
Deborah James.

Defense Policy

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The Defense Policy Pipeline will be led by former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania, and former Secretary of the Army, Patrick Murphy.

Communications & Journalism

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The Communications/Journalism specialty pipeline
will be led by CNN Analyst and former Rear Admiral
John Kirby and Soledad O’Brien, Host of Matter of

Veterans Policy

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The Veterans Policy Pipeline will be led by HillVets
Founder and CEO, Justin Brown.

As a HillVets LEAD Protégé you can expect:

  • Leadership training and mentorship that emphasizes four core areas that we value: Leadership; Ethics; Advocacy; and Dedication to Self-Improvement
  • A new support team, your “Fireteam”, which will consist of 5 high-speed peers who will support you, and whom you will support as you move up the ladder of success
  • Second-to-none policy/communications training in one of three areas: veteran policy, defense, communications/media
  • Mentorship and access to HillVets LEAD Ambassadors
  • Access to all future cohort training sessions
  • Access to all future HillVets LEAD Capstone events and other special events
  • The opportunity to lead forums, discussions, and projects with other LEAD Protégés and Ambassadors
  • The opportunity to someday become a HillVets Ambassador, and provide mentorship training

This opportunity might be for you if:

You are a: HillVets House Fellow or Alumni, Capitol Hill Staffer, Surviving Spouse or Child, Military Spouse, or a member of HillVets AND you believe in discourse, healthy debate, respect, and putting our country before politics. Value grit and grind to make it happen. You are resilient, mission focused, and team oriented. You share a commitment to our Nation, democracy, and diversity. You have second to none integrity, and a moral compass. You write well, work well with others, and have strong experience in policy and politics.

HillVets LEAD Ambassadors

Chair of the HillVets Advisory Board and Former Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel

Former Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is the Chair of the HillVets LEAD, Leadership horizontal. 

Former Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James

Former Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah James, is the Co-Chair of the HillVets LEAD, Leadership horizontal.

Garry Augustine 

Executive Director of the Disabled American Veterans, Garry Augustine, will provide mentorship training on advocacy

Chairman Jim Banks

Chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, House Veterans Affairs Committee, and a member of House Armed Services Committee, will be providing training and mentorship for the Defense and Veteran Policy Fireteams.

Justin Brown

Founder of HillVets, and CEO of The Nimitz Group, Justin Brown will take charge of the Veteran Policy Fireteam

Admiral John Kirby (ret.)

Former Rear Admiral, and CNN military and diplomatic analyst, John Kirby, will take charge of the Communications and Journalism Policy Fireteam

Former Secretary of the Army, Patrick Murphy

Former Secretary of the Army, Patrick Murphy, will lead from the front for the Defense Policy Fireteam.

Soledad O’Brien

American broadcast journalist and host of Matter of Fact, Soledad O’ Brien, will be providing training and mentorship for the Communications and Journalism Fireteam.

Chairman Phil Roe

Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, will be providing training and mentorship for the Veteran Policy Fireteam.

Ken Falke

Founder of Boulder Crest and the best selling co-author of Struggle Well. He is lead of our Self Improvement leadership Fireteam.

This broad cross section of individuals will lend each policy pipeline with strong leadership representation and an excellent platform for not only the training of veterans, but also discussion on tough policy challenges that our country faces.