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CultureCon 2019


Presentation Description:

From the West Wing to corporate boardrooms to sitting on the ground chatting with Afghan tribal leaders, Colby Jenkins will share diverse perspectives related to critical leadership and team building principles. A former U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret, Colby takes you on an adventure that includes dynamic tales of helicopter assaults in desert and jungle combat operations, escaping from Alcatraz, shaking hands with a determined Taliban foe, and other extraordinary situations. Colby brings you a tremendous opportunity to partner in leadership and build your A-team.

Three Takeaways:

  1. ​One does not need to carry a rifle, wear body armor or have military equipment to lead or be a member of a special A-team like the one Colby led in combat.

  2. A strong foundation, believing in one's self, perseverance, exercising understanding and empathy and finally being in charge when needed all contribute to positive leadership.

  3. Despite your team's diversity of experience and expertise, you as the leader, may lead team members to focus on team first, individuals second.



Colby Jenkins is a former U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret who commanded a Special Forces A-team in combat. Colby has worked on Capitol Hill, specifically the U.S. Senate, and also the Pentagon where he managed the congressional portfolio for the nation’s #2 military leader. He also taught as an adjunct professor in George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Colby has been working at Google Headquarters as a program manager but was recently mobilized to return to military active duty. He currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Defense Innovation Unit located in Silicon Valley. He is married to the former Heather Farnsworth and they have two teenage daughters. Of note, Colby serves as the Bishop for his 400+ member congregation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Colby Jenkins

Global Program Manager at Google

Director of Operations at Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)

"Leadership and Building Your Own A-team"

Thursday, July 18th | 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Madison / Wisconsin Ballroom


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