For every 100 people in a typical organization or on your team, there are 10 people who shouldn’t even be there, 80 who at their best have a neutral impact, 9 who perform exceptionally, and one who is a true leader capable of taking command and creating a winning team or culture. This reality is forcing organizations to rethink what they know about leadership, change management and risk. Those that can adapt will thrive, while those that refuse change will flounder and fail. Using his own remarkable journey as an athlete, Marine Scout Sniper, and co-founder of Team Rubicon, Jake Wood will inspire you and explain how you can find and build the team needed to win life’s battles and become the “one” others look to for leadership.
Many public works agencies, especially those that have been involved in disaster response and recovery, are familiar with Jake Wood and Team Rubicon. Team Rubicon is the only nonprofit disaster response organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. In giving veterans an opportunity to continue their service, Team Rubicon provides them with a sense of purpose, community and identity.
Since its founding in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has responded to over 200 disasters and grown from eight to 75,000 volunteer members. Under Wood’s leadership, the organization has responded following the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, Hurricane Sandy, the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal and the devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico in 2017.
For his work with Team Rubicon and in life, Jake Wood was recently honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2018 ESPY’s. APWA is grateful to have Jake Wood as the PWX Closing General Session speaker.
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