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Rear Admiral Paul Becker

Military Leadership Lessons That Work Anywhere" with Rear Admiral (Ret.) Paul Becker
Born in New York City, Rear Admiral Paul Becker was commissioned an intelligence officer upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and diplomas from the Defense Language Institute, the Naval Command and Staff College and Armed Forces Staff College. Flag assignments include director of intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, director for intelligence with U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, vice director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of Intelligence for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan. Significant afloat assignments include intelligence officer with Attack Squadron (VA) 35 (A6E/Intruder) aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68); temporary assignment aboard battleship, USS Iowa (BB 61); intelligence operations officer for the U.S. 6th Fleet aboard cruiser USS Belknap (CG 26); and director of intelligence (N2) with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 7 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Shore assignments include: analyst at the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot; flag aide to the director of Naval Intelligence; intelligence branch/assignments officer at the Bureau of Personnel; federal executive fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; the American Embassy in Paris as the assistant U.S. naval attaché; temporary assignment with the American Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia, as the assistant defense attaché (during Operation Allied Force); and the director of operations at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Hawaii. In addition to service in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010, his duty with U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) since 9/11 includes: commanding officer of CENTCOM’s Joint Intelligence Center in Tampa, Florida, from 2007 to 2009; N2 for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain from 2005 to 2007; intelligence watch officer in the Combined Air Operations Center at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia in 2003 during early Iraqi Freedom operations; and N2 for the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 50 in the Northern Arabian Sea from 2001 to 2002 during early Enduring Freedom operations. Becker is the recipient of the National Intelligence Community’s and Department of Defense’s Distinguished Service Medals, National Military Intelligence Association’s Taylor Award for Leadership, the U.S. Army’s Knowlton Award for Military Intelligence, the Office of Naval Intelligence’s Layton Award for Leadership and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Meghan O'Leary and Jill Royster

Batten Hour: A Conversation on the Power of Sport With Meghan O'Leary and Jill Royster
Meghan O’Leary is a 2016 Olympian and four-time National Team member with the United States Rowing Team. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she was a two-sport student athlete (Volleyball, Softball) and Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia. She obtained both a Bachelor’s (CLAS ’07) and Master’s (M.Ed ’08) from UVA. After graduation she picked up rowing and is now a three-time World Cup medalist, four-time National Selection Regatta Champion, and has competed in four world championships. She most recently represented Team USA at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. For her contribution and dedication to achieving excellence in sport, she was recognized at UVA’s 2015 National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration. In addition to her rowing career, Meghan also serves on the USRowing Board of Directors and is the Vice President of Customer Success with InstaViser. Jill Royster has 20+ years experience leading integrated marketing efforts for well-established brands such as Sports Illustrated and Swedish Match as well as start-ups including Sentient Jet. She has traveled the globe, building partnerships around some of the world’s premiere sports and entertainment events. In 2008, Jill launched JCR Consulting to better integrate her professional experience with her personal desire to give back. Today, she advises for-profit and non-profit businesses on their marketing strategies, creating opportunities to drive both revenues and social impact. Jill graduated in ‘96 (CLAS) and now splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City. She proudly serves on the Board for SE@UVA (Batten).