BG (ret) Carol Eggert, VP, Military & Veteran Affairs, Comcast Corporation
Carol Eggert is Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs, Comcast Corporation. In this role, she works collaboratively across Comcast NBCUniversal to provide strategic leadership to all aspects of programs and outreach engaging the military and veteran community, including recruiting, hiring and building talent at all levels of the organization.
Carol brings more than 30 years of military and civilian experience to Comcast. In her civilian role, she assisted various organizations in the private, government and non-profit sectors with their initiatives in knowledge management, strategic planning and project management. During her career, she served in the Army, the Army Reserve and the National Guard, serving in a variety of command and staff positions, including Assistant Adjutant General, Battalion Commander and Chief of Staff and recently retired as a Brigadier General.
She also has worked with members from all branches of the military, completed numerous overseas deployments, including a 15-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Chief of the Women’s Initiatives Division and Senior Liaison to the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, where she conducted a full-scale analysis of women’s initiatives and developed a strategic plan for the economic and political empowerment of Iraqi women under the U.S. Secretary of State.
Carol is a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army War College, where she also served on the faculty and was later selected as the Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University, a M.Ed. in Instructional Design from Penn State University, and a M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She is a member of several professional associations and is active with nonprofit organizations that support transitioning veterans, including the National Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) were she serves as the Director of Women’s Programming. She is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of her contributions to the military, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.
MG (ret) Doug Odell, Moran Industries
Major General Douglas O’Dell, USMCR (Ret) was appointed Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding by President George W. Bush on April 18th, 2008. In this role, he also served as a member of the Homeland Security Council. His office had oversight of levee reconstruction, restoration and reform of public education and healthcare, reconstruction of public infrastructure, public and private housing solutions, and economic development, across the area affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He left office on January 20, 2009. He currently consults on disaster relief and recovery operations as well as economic development in the United States and Afghanistan.
O’Dell retired from the Marine Corps in January, 2008 after more than 40 years of total service. The vast majority of his service experience focused on training and exercise planning, both as a staff officer and while in command. In particular, from 1993 until his retirement, he was continually involved in the planning and execution of consequence management exercises and operations to include anthrax mitigation on Capitol Hill in 2001 and as Commander, US Marine Forces, JTF Katrina/Rita during Gulf Coast relief operations.
Immediately following the 9/11 attacks, he was directed by the Commandant of the Marine Corps to activate the 4th Maine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism). The mission of the Brigade was the detection, deterrence, and response to threats against US Naval and Diplomatic facilities abroad, and immediate response to chemical/biological incidents in the continental United States. As the Brigade Commander, he established policies and procedures to synchronize command and control of all elements in the execution of a worldwide mission, to include emergency response and transition to consequence management in the continental United States.
This also required the consolidation of three existing Marine Corps organizations, and the
creation of a new anti-terror battalion, but central to the Brigade’s capabilities was the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), a specially trained and equipped national asset deployable within three hours of notification from Indian Head, Maryland. CBIRF was employed during anthrax mitigation operations on Capitol Hill in November, 2001, and continues to support federal, state, and local agencies in planning and training to respond to major natural and human initiated events.
Simultaneous with his reserve military service, prior to 9/11, Major General O’Dell pursued a successful 28 year career in investment management, culminating with his retirement as a partner of AIM Investments in Houston, Texas on September 10, 2001. While at AIM he was directly responsible for adding nearly $4 Billion in private investment capital to the firm’s accounts. Currently, he consults on the development of commercial and residential real estate focused on urban revitalization.
He and his wife Judith have five sons and eleven wonderful grandchildren
Dana Spain, Founder, McSpain Properties
Dana is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist who gets her drive, passion and dedication to her community from her parents. Dana was Director of Training and Communications at her family company, Spain’s Gifts/Dollar Express, until its sale in 2000. In 2001, Dana became the COO and owner of Philadelphia Style Magazine, a brand she expanded to Washington, DC and into three award-winning Websites. Dana sold Style in 2008 and began DLG Communications, a branding and marketing consultancy specializing in digital strategy and new media marketing. Dana is currently the managing partner of McSpain Properties, a real estate development company committed to revitalizing Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. Dana is the visionary behind the Fairmount @ Brewerytown. The transformation of the historic Acme Warehouse Distribution Center, into 237,000 square feet of commercial mixed use space, including 161 urban loft style apartments, Flying Fish Crafthouse and Fit Academy. The Fairmount @ Brewerytown will feature the city’s only rooftop dog park and a pool with a skyline view. Concurrent to the Fairmount @ Brewerytown, Dana is developing 12 triplex buildings which will feature a mural dedicated to the history of Brewing in Philadelphia.
In 2006, Dana founded Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). PAWS operates three clinics and adoption facilities, and is Philadelphia’s largest No-Kill rescue. In addition to serving as President Emeritus of PAWS, Dana serves on the boards of Liberty USO, the Michael P Donatucci Foundation, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; consults for the Veterans Multi-Service Center; sits in the “shark tank” at Temple’s Fox School of Business and lectures on entrepreneurship at Holy Family University. Most recently, Dana was elected the President of the Board of the Veterans Comfort House and is actively reenergizing this facility to serve the needs of homeless veterans.
Her expertise about what it takes to succeed in business has been tapped by: The New York Times, Washington Post, PINK magazine, Folio: magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, Region’s Business, Entrepreneur magazine, and the books Passing It On: Life Lessons of 130 Great American Leaders and Women Empowerment at Work, among other respected outlets. Dana has been honored as one of the 50 Best Businesswomen in Pennsylvania by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, 40 Under 40 by The Philadelphia Business Journal, Women Making a Difference by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, the 2012 Top Angel award recipient by the Angel for Animals Foundation, the Next Generation Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Brava! Award by SmartCEO magazine, The Benjamin Franklin Award by American Legion Post 405, and C-Level Visionary by Folio: magazine.
Dana resides in Washington Square with her fiancé and four rescued cats.
Keenan Beasley, Army Veteran, Co-Founder, BLKBOX
Keenan Beasley is a millennial agency leader with more than a decade of consumer marketing experience. Prior to launching his own agency, BLKBOX, in 2014, Keenan led multi-billion dollar brands including Tide, Gillette and L’Oreal USA.
An athlete and lifelong competitor, Keenan sees business as the world’s greatest game. He is personal, approachable, and has a common sense approach to a complex industry. Whether cracking marketing plans for clients like French’s Mustard in New York or the makers of p90x in Los Angeles, Keenan offers cutting insight and uncommon style—a perfect blend of East Coast confidence and West Coast cool.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Keenan is a contributor to Forbes & CNBC, an advisor to a number of start-up companies, and a regular lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Holly Flanagan, Managing, Director, Gabriel Investments
Holly is Managing Director of Gabriel Investments. Her career includes 20 years of business development experience including senior sales roles at 4 venture-backed companies, 1 of which had a successful IPO and another that was acquired by Barclays Bank for close to $300mm. She has deep experience in channel / partnership sales and was responsible for signing and managing many multi-million dollar customers. At Gabriel Investments, Holly is responsible for our business development and due diligence efforts as well as actively working with our portfolio of companies on growth strategies and tactics. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, the Forum of Executive Women, and represents Gabriel Investments on the board of DailyWorth, LLC. Additionally, Holly is an Eisenhower Fellow, recently studying entrepreneurship, investment, and the impact of those factors on women entrepreneurs in China.
Holly holds a BA and MBA from the University of Delaware.