Keynote Speaker: Sunday, May 28th, 2023 at 10am
Dr. (Lt Col) Damon Friedman is an electric sought-after speaker with an
expertise in motivation, leadership, and team-building. He is a
combat-decorated veteran who served four combat deployments to Iraq and
Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Originally a US Marine
Corps officer, Damon transferred into the Air Force's elite as a Special
Tactics Officer (aka Combat Controller) and a leader in special operations. His
decorations include three Bronze Stars (one with Valor) and the Air Force
Combat Action Medal.
In 2011 Dr. Friedman established SOF Missions with a focus on
"empowering warriors to find purpose and be resilient." SOF Missions
aims to raise awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic and provide a solution
through customized holistic treatment plans that help warriors and their
families deal with the scars of war. Just recently, Dr. Friedman received the
Spirit of Hope Award by the Secretary of Defense which recognized his national
efforts to help the veteran community.
Dr. Friedman is the Executive Producer of Surrender Only to ONE, a
multi-award-winning film which follows the true-life stories of elite combat
warriors in US special operations forces. The film reveals the implications of
combat and the lasting effects our veterans struggle to overcome. Surrender
Only to ONE not only highlights these challenges but also shares messages of
hope available to all warriors.
Dr. Friedman holds a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies from
Fuller and is currently pursuing Executive Education in Non-Profit Leadership
at Harvard University.