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#8: Bring Fresh Ideas and Challenge Your Risk Tolerance with Loree Draude

Loree Draude, a former Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy, Naval Aviator, shares how staying attuned to opportunities and aligning your skills can lead you to unexpected fulfillment and success.


Loree Draude landed jets on an aircraft carrier, attended a world-class business school, landed a job at one of the biggest brands in technology in Silicon Valley, became an entrepreneur and highly successful executive coach, wrote a screenplay, and performed off-Broadway. Today we’ll learn how she pieced all these intricate parts together to develop a wildly successful post-military career.

Episode Highlights

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2:20: Listen in as Loree describes her military career.

4:39: Loree’s decision to leave the military and become a civilian. 

5:25: Loree decides not to get into the airline industry, but instead to lead teams.

7:15: Loree’s experience in business school.

9:52: Loree’s first job post-business school and moving to Silicone Valley.

13:38: Significant learning experience about how we often underestimate our value.

17:00: Loree’s journey from leaving Google to starting her own consulting and coaching company to writing a screenplay and performing live in N.Y. City.

21:57: If Loree had one do-over, she would like to have had more faith in herself in 1999. 

23:19: Gene’s business tip: How risk averse are you? How open to new thinking are you? Challenge your thinking to stimulate creative thinking.

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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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