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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!