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Leadership in Times of Stress: How to Put People First in the Digital World

May 18, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Entering our third year of COVID and an ever-growing world of uncertainty from the workforce to war, leadership is harder now than ever before. One thing is certain. Leaders must be more intentional than ever, making sure their cups are full before pouring too much into those around them. Join us May 18th, for a discussion with nationally recognized motivational speaker, entrepreneurial leader, veteran, and author, Mike Erwin. This free event will take place in the Idaho State Capitol’s Lincoln Auditorium, May 18, 2022, from 10am-12pm.

About Mike Erwin

Mike Erwin is an enthusiastic, grateful and optimistic leader who was born and raised in Syracuse, NY.  He has dedicated his life to serving the nation and empowering people to build positive relationships—and become more resilient.  Mike lives on a 32 acre Homestead outside Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with his wife Genevieve and their 5 children; Eli, Adelaide, Therese, Matthias and Zelie.

Mike is the founder & CEO of The Character & Leadership Center and has worked with companies including Amazon, BD, PWC, and NetApp; Special Forces units; and professional sports teams including the Boston Celtics and the NJ Devils. He is co-author of Lead Yourself First (2017)which focuses on how solitude strengthens people’s character—and their ability to lead with clarity, balance and conviction.  He is also co-author of Leadership is a Relationship (2021) which details why leaders who prioritize relationships are more effective.

A 2002 graduate of The U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, Mike was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer, serving in three combat tours with the First Cavalry Division and 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne). His service includes deployment to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005—that involved the Battles of Fallujah and Najaf.  Mike also deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2006-2007 and 2009. He earned two Bronze Star Medals from these tours.

Following his third deployment, Mike attended the University of Michigan from 2009-2011, where he earned a Master’s degree in positive psychology and leadership under the tutelage of the co-founder of positive psychology, Dr. Chris Peterson.  While a graduate student, he founded Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), a non-profit who is forging America’s leading health and wellness community for veterans.  Mike led Team RWB until 2013 before stepping back to focus on his role as board chair.  In November 2019, he returned to the Executive Director role where he currently leads the organization’s 232,000 members.

In 2015, Mike co-founded the Positivity Project—an organization with the mission to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships and become their best selves.  With 745 partner schools, the organization reaches over 400,000 children daily. He served as CEO for four years and remains involved as a strategic advisor.  Mike also serves as the founding board chair for Father Vincent Capodanno High School, a private, independent Catholic school outside Fort Bragg, NC.  Community service, character and leadership development are integral to the school’s model, accounting for 30% of students’ GPA.

Mike continues to proudly serve the nation as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, assigned to the Pentagon in support of the Army Chief of Operations’ office, led by Lieutenant General Jim Rainey.

Learn more in his Intentional Leader Podcast episode.


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