Susan Ullman has over 25 years studying human behavior as it relates to the art and science of intelligence gathering, both in the defense and corporate realms. After graduating from The College of William and Mary with a degree in psychology, Susan embarked on a career in competitive intelligence and strategy development with Kaiser Associates, a global leader in full spectrum consulting. After rising through the ranks at Kaiser, Susan launched her own firm, Kennedy Martell Inc. (KMI), bringing new levels of market based insights to numerous Fortune 100 corporations including UPS, Proctor and Gamble, MicroSoft, Georgia Pacific, Iron Mountain, and ITT.
During her tenure at KMI, Susan continued to develop and deliver new techniques for gathering sensitive information through continued study of human interactions and was one of the first consultancies to develop and launch a counter-intelligence offering, providing clients with the capability to safeguard their corporate secrets from the threat of competitor infiltration. She ultimately penned and published a manual to compliment those efforts; “Counter Intelligence 101: An Insider’s Guide to Safeguarding Corporate Secrets”.
Susan’s professional focus shifted radically in 2013 following the tragic suicide of her husband Michael, an active duty US Army Green Beret. After his death, Susan sought ways to apply her knowledge of human behavior to the growing problem of military service-related suicide.
In 2014 Susan was invited to participate in United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Suicide Prevention Task Force under the guidance of CAPT Tom Chaby (Navy SEAL, retired). As a member of this effort Susan was charged with incubating de-institutionalized approaches to addressing suicide and was the lead in conceptualizing a peer-based solution to address service-related emotional compression. In a parallel initiative, Susan met with and lobbied members of Congress, ultimately partnering with Representative Doug Lamborn (R, CO), to ensure SOCOM’s full spectrum resilience and suicide prevention programs were fully funded.
In late 2014, Susan and CAPT Chaby launched an independent, non-profit initiative, warrior2warrior (w2w) foundation (a 501c3 corporation), to further develop and deliver proven methods for reducing suicide in at-risk populations. w2w has established an international network of globally recognized corporate and academic partners to assist in furthering support to the military community. Shortly thereafter, Susan earned her Masters Certificate in “Trauma and Resilience” while studying extensively in Israel with thought leaders from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Susan was invited by the Navy SEAL Foundation to provide a keynote focused on w2w successes and challenges with key leaders from the special operations resilience enterprise at the 2016 Whole Warrior Health Collective Impact Forum. It is with great honor that Susan currently continues to serve as Co-Executive Director of w2w along side CAPT Chaby.
Captain Tom Chaby served as an active duty US Navy SEAL for 26 years. Throughout his career, Tom spent over 12 years deployed to over 70 countries around the world leading special operations at every level. Shortly after 9/11, Captain Chaby deployed to Afghanistan leading a Task Unit of 50 SEALs and support personnel conducting special operations in support of the initial stages of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During the latter part of the critical fight in Fallujah, Tom led a Task Force of over 400 personnel conducting full spectrum special operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Earlier in his career, Tom lived in South America leading Counter Drug Operations throughout Colombia and the region.
Outside of the operational realm, Tom worked relentlessly with developing and ensuring performance optimization for the SEAL community and developing resilience for the entire 67,000 members that comprise the Special Operations community. During his five-year tenure as Deputy Commanding Officer of the SEAL Training Command and as a SEAL Instructor, Tom was integral in developing the current generation of SEAL operators. While directing the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) effort, Tom worked closely with Congress to shape programs, authorities and resources to help the entire Special Operations community build and sustain full spectrum resilience: physical, psychological, social and spiritual. At USSOCOM, Tom created a multi-year suicide prevention-working group comprised of surviving spouses and teammates to incubate de-institutionalized solutions to suicide prevention. He also worked hand-in-hand with globally recognized leaders from academia, to include Stanford University, Palo Alto University and the University of Pennsylvania developing strategies to build resilience in populations at risk for suicide. Captain Chaby’s work and results were reported in the NY Times, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and multiple other local publications. His efforts have directly improved operational readiness and the wellness of the force.
Tom is currently a team member of the industry leader in performance optimization, EXOS, where he helps build resilience programs. Additionally, he serves his teammates today as the Co-Executive Director for Warrior-2-Warrior (W2W) where he has developed a national level program that synchronizes full spectrum resilience to reduce veteran suicide. Captain Chaby has established himself as a leading expert in veteran resilience and suicide prevention. Tom is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and has been the keynote speaker at multiple summits focused on suicide prevention and resilience. Tom is a public speaker focusing on leadership, performance optimization and resilience. He collaborates with Fortune 500 corporations, sports teams and universities by bringing his experience and insights to help organizations grow. Tom has spoken to and worked with Bill Gates, Dennis Washington, CBRE leadership, Intuit leadership, American Medical Association (AMA) Conference, “The Ortho Biologic Institute,” Coach Saban and the University of Alabama Football Team, Coach Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees coaching staff along with dozens of other high performance organizations.