In late March there was an amazing new conference that took place called the Veteran Entrepreneurs Conference, also known as VETCON. Hundreds attended the sold-out event, held in the Silicon Valley, from March 23-25, and included a long list of sponsors and supporters.
Julie Nadel, entrepreneur, philanthropist and wife of the late WWII veteran entrepreneur Jack Nadel, founder of Jack Nadel International, was a featured speaker who spoke about the Legacy of Jack Nadel, her background as an entrepreneur in the catering and events business, and proven methods to help take entrepreneurs to the next level of success.
After completing her inspiring talk followed by an engaging Q&A and a video clip of Jack, Julie was presented with the inaugural Jack Nadel Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for her amazing efforts and support shared with the next generation, including through the newly renamed Business Division at Santa Barbara City College, now called The Jack and Julie Nadel School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
There were a number of great meetings between with veteran entrepreneurs who attended, including Jas Boothe of Final Salute Inc., Todd Connor of Bunker Labs, Eric Mitchell of LifeFlip Media, Greg Call of Amazon.com, Diana Tsai of Veterati, and Mark Rockefeller, founder of StreetShares. An interview with Sylvia Gaenzle of American Grit took place, to be released later. One vetrepreneur, Karolyn Smith, who attended and also asked Julie a question during her Q&A, has even published a true and inspiring story called Sophia the Bionic Cat.
A big thank you to Ian Faison and Phil Dillard, and everyone associated with #VETCON2017!