Welcome & Keynote Presentation: Lead from the Front: The Inspiration of Courage by Colonel Sutherland

Colonel David W. Sutherland, US Army (Retired)


LEAD FROM THE FRONT rejects the culture of negativity. Leadership during all times – good or bad, certain or uncertain – is born from an attitude, built upon four pillars, and moves relentlessly from the front. Colonel David W. Sutherland, US Army (Retired) presents a leadership model in a scalable presentation based on his vast military combat experience.

As one of the 13 Surge Brigade Commanders in Iraq in 2007, Sutherland presents a compelling, inspirational, and powerful presentation that removes the oxygen from the room as he marches through the ranks of 21st century leadership and unleashes the power that lives within all of us.

Staged from four pillars (Character, Pressure, Knowledge, and Motivation), Sutherland’s combat stories and examples of unconventional leadership in the trenches of war, come to life in a very personal way. He reminds us all that we are linked to the principles of discipline, confidence, and competence.

The New York Times Article:  A Salute for His Wounded, a Last Touch for His Dead


Colonel Sutherland culminated his military service following Combat Brigade Command during Surge Operations in Iraq, as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principle focus on Warrior and Family Support. He is respected not only by those he served with but by those he served for. He is recognized for his courage on and off the battlefield and is an untiring advocate for our service members, military veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen.

Through his tireless efforts within and across communities in the United States, he has built a vast network of community-based leaders supporting veterans and their families. Sutherland serves as the Chairman of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services. The Center has a noble purpose – to make the lives of our veterans and their families better.

Sutherland has been decorated numerous times during his career and proudly wears amongst other the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge Second Award and Senior Parachutist Badge. He has also been recognized by numerous national organizations for his work on behalf of veterans and their families.