Dr. Gene Coughlin is a scholar-practitioner of organizational leadership. He earned his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His doctoral research efforts focused on leading organizational change and the role of resilience in successfully adapting to change. Specifically, his dissertation research identified 15 practices that leaders can employ to foster resilience in their organizations. As a practitioner, Dr. Coughlin is an accomplished leader that has demonstrated success in military, corporate, and non-profit organizations. He is a decorated combat veteran that proudly served his nation as an Infantry Weapons Officer in the United Stated Marine Corps for over 20 years. Since retiring from military service in 2007, Dr. Coughlin has held senior management and director positions at multiple Fortune 500 companies (AECOM, SAIC) and The American Red Cross.

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BP McCoy is the Founder of Xiphos Initiatives LLC and a retired Marine Corps Officer with extensive leadership experience in the most demanding and unforgiving environments on six of the seven continents. He was decorated multiple times for valor and wounds received in battle while leading a Task Force that spearheaded the 2003 invasion of Iraq, toppled the Saddam Statue in Baghdad, and fought house to house in Fallujah in 2004. He also served at the operational and strategic level in Afghanistan. After 28 years as a Marine, BP successfully transitioned to the corporate world as a Vice President for a leading irregular warfare consulting firm. BP is also a Field Instructor for the prestigious National Outdoor Leadership School, leading 30-day backcountry expeditions in remote and austere environments while teaching, coaching and mentoring leaders and teams. BP combines his unique blend of leadership experiences to develop dynamic and adaptive leaders and create winning organizational climates. He is the author of The Passion of Command: The Moral Imperative of Leadership. BP’s book is now required reading for new Marine Officers, Additionally, the Norwegian Army and Israeli Defense Force use translated versions of the book for their leadership training.

Recipient of the 2002 US Navy League John A. Lejeune Inspirational Leadership Award
Featured in several magazine articles on the Iraq War to include: Time, Into the Fire; Outside Magazine, Rough Guide to Iraq; and the New York Times Magazine, Good Kills, the New Yorker The Toppling
Featured in several books on the Iraq War to include: The March Up by Bing West, No True Glory by Bing West, and McCoy's Marines, Darkside to Baghdad by John Koopman
Featured in the Military Channel's "Shootout" episode Race to Baghdad