Why you must go to The Next Ridgeline

A few months ago my friend Manny Parra reached out to me and asked me if our company would be interested in promoting an event called "The Next Ridgeline". It was going to provide the catalyst for the Green Beret Foundation's inauguration of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter. I was immediately intrigued.

I first came in contact with Special Forces soldiers, who are internationally known for their particular hats, aka "Green Berets", when I was a young Ranger who finally earned the opportunity to attend the US Army Ranger School.

Not one, but three active duty SF soldiers, three Senior Non-Commissioned Officers nonetheless, were assigned to my squad. They immediately went to work in that natural SF way. Out went the "Privates" and "Sergeants" and in went the "Tristan? Nice to meet you, brother, I'm John but you can call me JD, and that's OB and Jim."

To say that those three men left a meaningful, immediate, impression on me wouldn't be an overstatement. Of the three, I've lost touch with Jim, OB was KIA while assigned to Delta, and the last one, JD and I are still friends.

JD and OB served as mentors to me through various early stages of my career after we graduated from the course together. Yes, all three Special Forces guys graduated the course and I'm grateful for every second they were with me during those 67 odd days.

From the start, Ranger School poses some unique challenges built into the course curriculum. There's a progressively increasing lack of sleep to contend with, while food remains scarce to the point of planned deprivation/starvation, and the physical requirements continue to increase daily. It is designed to simulate combat conditions, making it extremely difficult to plan and execute an operation, while working with a near sleepwalking, starved, and mostly apathetic team.

But this is exactly where you get to separate the wheat from the chaff. It's driving forward, successfully, towards a team objective, which ensures success and another day that showcases the inherent leadership skills some will never acquire. And just the way Jim, OD, and JD were able to quickly create a bond with the other 10 or so of us, we were able to get through a course that weeds out over 2/3's of all people who apply for it.

Out of well over 300 people who were there on "Zero Day" we had 32 graduate 9 weeks later.

I want to share these statistics with you because I believe they'll provide insight into why you must attend an event such as The Next Ridgeline. You'll have an opportunity to meet Green Berets who have successfully transitioned from the Army to various opportunities in their lives.

You'll have a chance to meet Stanford and Harvard graduates, successful founders of nationally recognized companies, the up and coming talent pool that is immersed in consulting, pushing boundaries in emerging technology, and those who just recently separated and are eager to join the right organization.

What they all have in common is that they're team players, masters of organization under stress, and confident leaders when needed. Special Forces isn't just a name for a unit in the Special Operations world, but an adept moniker for men who live by a personal creed holding them to a higher standard.

I can promise you that when you meet Scott, a former Special Forces Officer, and now successful business executive, or Greg, also a Green Beret Team Leader, and now technology company founder, or Mike, a former Special Forces Medical Sergeant who taught himself Machine Learning and Data Science…these are the kinds of encounters you should look forward to.

To ensure the audience isn't just riveted by those stories, but also receives the insights of subject matter experts in their fields, like War Reporter and Documentary Film Maker Alex Quade, who spent time side-by-side with Special Forces in combat, or Dan Adika, a former Israeli Defense Forces veteran, unicorn-level successful tech founder, and someone who has spent a lot of time with former Green Berets in corporate environments…let them tell you what benefits you can derive from them.

Our speakers won't tell you about the war stories everyone else vying for attention does, or the suffering they went through quietly while leading a team of indigenous people in duress, but about things that they aspire to do, or people they admire. Where they want to be, what they want for the world around them, and who they love working with.

The inauguration of the Green Beret Foundation's chapter therefore won't be a stiff, boring, or at worst slow event, but one filled with meeting of new friends, broadening of horizons by all participants, and an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to a pipeline created for these interactions to benefit all involved:

The Next Ridgeline.

See you there!

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