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#17: Being Strategic in Your Career with Anna Wilds

Anna Wilds’ breadth of experience in both the military and the corporate worlds can help you consider possibilities for your own second or third career.


Anna Wilds joined the Air Force just shy of her 29th birthday, serving in health services. She did a few steps in reverse, working in corporate America and getting an MBA before entering the service. We’ll learn how it all worked out for her! Anna has been a successful franchise advisor for the last 19 years. Her breadth of experience and education can help you consider possibilities you might not have thought possible!

Episode Highlights

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02:15: Anna describes her journey leading up to joining the military at age 28

04:43: Anna got into the Air Force in the business side of health services management area and had the opportunity to travel abroad

08:35: Anna advises that when transitioning from the military to first get a job, obtain experience and lay down some roots before moving to entrepreneurship

12:00: Anna’s decision to live close to her parents after leaving the military and pursue the entrepreneur route

14:19: Anna describes the transition process from a military career to non-military and applying for disability

18:20: Anna’s connections to several veterans’ groups

20:07: Anna provides free advice to those seeking to consider becoming a franchisee

23:20: What Anna loves about her post-military life 

24:40: Gene’s business tip: No matter what line of business you’re in, you need to understand where the funding comes from that fund your contracts

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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