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 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.
Thomas Russell served this great nation for twenty one years as a Special Forces Chief Warrant Officer 3 before retiring in 2015. He is a highly decorated combat wounded veteran who served multiple tours in Afghanistan. Additionally, he has numerous deployments throughout Central and South America, Bosnia, Macedonia, and Kyrgyzstan. Thomas also was a lead instructor at the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE-C) School and helped write the doctrine for the current program of instruction. Thomas has vast experience in anti terrorism and force protection, survival, and personal security tactics, techniques, and procedures; planning and numerous other tasks.
Thomas experienced all of the physical and mental challenges that our warriors face today, and like so many of them, had trouble finding the proper care required to cope. He was asked to join the Preservation of the Force and Family Working Group during its inception, but quickly realized that changing the system from within presented insurmountable challenges; there remained too many missing pieces to ensure the needs of our warriors and their families would be met. When the opportunity arose to truly take a de-institutionalized approach to addressing these issues, he joined Susan as Director of Programs in the creation of what warrior2warrior is today.
Thomas and his family currently reside in Texas.