"Save the Date" for SAGS 2018!
June 13-15, 2018 at
Arlington Renaissance
Capital View
Washington, DC
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  • SAGS brings together some of the brightest minds on the planet, individuals who are dedicated to solving seemingly intractable challenges with a focus on the higher good. If you want to be surrounded by difference makers and inspired, attending SAGS is a must!
    Alaina Love
  • I want to pass along a note about my experience at the Service Academy Global Summit. There have been very few times in my life where I have been in the company of that many accomplished and inspiring individuals. I look forward to the next event and will encourage others to come!
    Casey Gillikin, PE
  • SAGS fills a professional and career development gap most alumni didn't know we had, bringing the compelling firepower of insights, connections, and advice from "been there" influential insiders and experts. The impact of grads helping grads is incredibly forceful - a deep and powerful network.

    This isn't another "networking" event. The Summit is about reaching the summit of who you can be, professionally and personally, with targeted focus areas and guideposts to the paths to success.

    Gretchen Idsinga
  • As military academy graduates we are all committed to the notion of lifetime service to the nation whether in uniform or out. The SAGS Summit is an invaluable forum to meet and share insights with graduates from all three academies and all walks of professional life. It’s an important gathering of those who are dedicated to continuing service, to professional accomplishment and to personal bonding. I highly recommend it!
    David Kim, Apax Partners
  • The Service Academy Global Summit was a great way to connect with hundreds of academy graduates, share best practices, and spur one another on to continue living lives of service to country and to others.
    Dr. Al Chase, White Rhino Partners
  • It was a privilege and pleasure attending the 2017 SAGS. As granddaughter, daughter, wife and mother-in-law of Naval Academy alumni; it was thrilling to see academy alumni coming together as family to share stories and support each other. As the Director of the SACC Conferences; it was even more exciting to meet and network with alumni and assist in their career transition. Thank you for including SACC in your conference and for inviting CDR Church USN (Ret) USNA ’67 and myself to speak with the alumni. It was phenomenal, invigorating and wonderful to be part of SAGS.
    Michelle Mazanec, Director, SACC Career Conference
  • I have attended USAF Academy graduate events, Service Academy Career Conferences, and Corporate Gray Service Academy events, and found the Service Academy Global Summit (SAGS) a unique addition to the service academy graduate networking and learning environment. From the ‘star-studded’ speakers to the wonderful cross-section of graduates in and out of uniform SAGS created a tremendous learning and networking opportunity. I especially loved the panel of entrepreneurs building strong companies with social consciousnesses!
    Chris Hauth, Col (ret) USAFA ’88, Manager, KPMG LLC
  • The Service Academy Graduate Summit was one of the most professionally and personally fulfilling events I’ve attended since graduating from USMA fifteen years ago. If you’re seeking advice or to help advise others, there’s no excuse to miss the next summit.
    Dave Gowel, CEO, RallyPoint
  • The SAGS was much like the service academies themselves -- unique, inspirational and critically important. Though we recognize the clear bonds we share with the fellow graduates of our respective institutions, it is the nation that will realize the true upside when we recognize the important voice ALL of us share when coming together for thoughtful discourse on critical issues of the day.
    Christopher Howard, President, Richard Morris University
  • The Summit brought home to me the strength of the academy network, reminding me of the vast network of people who share our key values and a commitment to service. Be it reconnecting with a classmate, speaking with a recent grad, or engaging with a distinguished graduate during one of the fireside chats, I was constantly in awe of the participants and proud of everything SAGS does to strengthen our bonds.
    Doug Pardo, USMA '00, New Politics, Senior Director
  • Congratulations on chairing an outstanding Service Academies Global Summit this year in Washington, DC. The Agenda was timely and relevant and the speakers were incomparable. From Secretary McDonald (USMA’75), to Administrator Bolden (USNA’68), to General Wolfenbarger (USAFA’80) and Admiral (Michel USCGA’85), the speakers brought their unique perspectives and wowed the participants with their personal stories and lessons learned in very distinguished careers. The feedback I received from participants was both glowing and appreciative for having had the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow service academy graduates who are engaged and clearly ‘making things happen.’ This was a first class event and I am positive it will become an institution amount our distinctive and exceptional group.
    William “T” Thompson, Esq. ’73, Past-President & CEO, Association of Graduates, U.S. Air Force Academy

Welcome to the U.S. Service Academies Global Summit

2017 Theme: Addressing Today’s Challenges and Creating Opportunities Together

Here is the 2017 SAGS Summit Booklet.
View photos from the 2017 Summit.

The 2017 Service Academies Global Summit (“SAGS 2017”) was held in Washington, DC, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on June 14-16, 2017.  The Summit’s theme for 2017 was “Addressing Today’s Challenges and Creating Opportunities Together.” The purpose of the Service Academies Global Summit (SAGS) is to develop, inspire and promote Fellowship, Leadership/Professional Development and Service for the “super-community” of graduates worldwide from the five U.S. Service Academies.  This focus takes the following forms: 

1)     Fellowship – forming new friendships, relationships and opportunities for collaboration and engagement among graduates of the five U.S. Service Academies 

2)     Leadership/Professional Development – professional development and broadening to prepare us for the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow through the exploration of timely, relevant issues and emerging trends from different sectors and in diverse areas (e.g. geopolitics, leadership, business, technology, entrepreneurship, etc.)

3)     Service – inspiring ourselves to live the missions of our alma maters throughout our lives, reflect upon how we’re presently doing so, and identify/advocate ways that we can continually contribute to the betterment of society

Learn more about this year's Keynote Speakers and see the full Speakers and Advisors roster. Download our Summit Flyer with speaker photos (PDF).

Learn more about this year's Keynote Speakers and see the full Speakers and Advisors roster. Download our Summit Flyer with speaker photos (PDF).


The Service Academies Global Summit is a historic and seminal global gathering that’s an extraordinary opportunity for learning, interaction, collaboration and exposure to new ideas and opportunities.  In short, it is a gathering of proven leaders from around the world from all sectors – government, business, military and NGO/nonprofit – to strengthen shared bonds and help each other become better leaders and members of society.  SAGS 2017 will be an enjoyable, motivating, inclusive and relevant gathering of leaders with a robust combination of networking opportunities, actionable learning, thought-provoking discussions and collaboration possibilities.  The Summit is a non-profit endeavor organized by graduates of all five U.S. service academies and is open to spouses/partners and guests of attending graduates.    Please check the Summit website periodically for the latest updates and information. 

Speakers List & Detailed Overview (PDF)

Through endeavors such as the Service Academies Global Summit, we as Officers can more effectively serve in uniform and beyond. We will have greater success as a community. Let us anticipate the success that such a future brings. The emergent properties of SAGS as an organization will provide greater resources, knowledge, and networks to accomplish our lofty goals. I eagerly await the next Summit when we once again remind ourselves of the responsibility to serve the world and its people.
— Ensign Brandon A. Karpf, USN (USNA ’15)

Meet our 2017 Sponsors

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