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Veteran To Speak About Leadership At Wilkes Lecture

November 13, 2018 GMT

Jake Wood thinks everyone has the opportunity to be a leader.

He’s developed leadership skills on the football field, in the battlefield and now in disaster zones.

Wood, a former sniper in the Marines, is the co-founder of the veteran-led disaster recovery group Team Rubicon. He’s bringing his message to the area Thursday as part of Wilkes University’s Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

His lecture, “The One and the Nine: Building Teams and Organizations That Win,” starts 7 p.m. at The Kirby Center for Creative Arts at Wyoming Seminary on North Sprague Avenue in Kingston.


“I think what I’ll talk about is applicable to anyone, anytime, anywhere, any company, any industry,” Wood said. “We all have a responsibility of leadership at some point in our lives and I hope people consider coming out.”

Prior to the lecture, Wood will meet with Wilkes University honors students and members of the school’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in the Miller Room in the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre.

Team Rubicon, which formed in 2010 in response to the earthquakes that ravaged Haiti, has since responded to 250 disasters and has 80,000 volunteers.

Wood was a freshman offensive lineman with the Wisconsin Badgers during the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He later joined the Marine Corps. He has said he was inspired by the first responders who risked their lives on Sept. 11 and by former Arizona Cardinal player Pat Tillman, who left the NFL to join the Army. Tillman was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Wood was deployed as a sniper to Iraq and Afghanistan during his four years in the Marines.

Earlier this year, Wood received the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the ESPY Awards, a long-time sports award show that now airs on ABC after years of airing on ESPN.

He said he’s looking forward to the visit to the area so close to Veterans Day.

“I’ll be talking a lot about leadership and team building. I’ll be talking a lot about Team Rubicon also,” Wood said. “A lot of it was formed and developed from my time in the military. There is a lot that translates.”

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