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#6: How to Stay True to Yourself in a Post-Military Career with Ted Fordyce

If you’re on the cusp of transitioning from military life, listen in as Ted Fordyce, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, shares his golden nuggets of advice.

Summary

Ted Fordyce is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, where he served for 28 years. His career began at The Citadel and today he runs the Washington Operations at Elbit Systems of America. Ted shares the importance of mentorship and recognizing the value you bring to a corporate career because of your experience in the military.

Episode Highlights

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02:00: Ted describes what he did on active duty as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

02:57: Events that were occurring that led to Ted’s departure from active duty into the corporate world.

04:50: Key mentors that guided Ted through his retirement from active duty.

09:15: Importance of having a plan when you’re transitioning out of military duty.

10:10: Working in military might expose you to a global network, but not a diverse global network outside of military.

11:20: Ted’s transition over the last 6 years since leaving military life in 2015.

15:50: Biggest surprise in post-military life.

17:25: Ted’s thoughts on work-life balance.

19:40: Golden nugget of counsel to those on the cusp of their transition from military life.  

21:33: Gene’s business tip: Amp up your wardrobe. Times and tastes have changed in a business wardrobe.

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Coming Up On Episode 7: Gene speaks with Dave Harden, a retired Air Force Colonel, about his mission—to do good and make money—and how you can remove the fear to ask for help.

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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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