Rear Admiral William V. Cross, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Performance Coach and Operational Expert
Bill Cross is a retired two-star Rear Admiral of the US Navy, where he served as an F-14 fighter pilot, fighter squadron skipper (VF-31) nuclear aircraft carrier commander (USS Eisenhower, CVN-69), and the leader of Carrier Group Six.
He is a graduate of Top Gun, a Test Pilot School flight instructor, and Director of Operations for the U.S. European Command. Following his retirement from the Navy, Bill worked for 11 years in the corporate world as CACI International, BearingPoint Consulting, and Deloitte Consulting.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Management and is a graduate with highest distinction from the Naval War College, where he learned his skills as a master simulation and wargaming expert. He has extensive knowledge of business war gaming and has broad experience as a participant, Red Team leader, and sponsor in numerous strategic and tactical games.
Captain Chris Cassidy, U.S. Navy and NASA
NASA Astronaut, Former Chief of Astronaut Office and Navy SEAL
US Navy Captain Chris Cassidy, once described as “Chuck Norris, minus the restrictions of gravity”, has amassed 182 days in space, conducted six EVAs and flew on both Shuttle Endeavour and the Russian Soyuz – the latter transporting him during his a long-duration ISS mission during Expedition 35/36. He has served as the Chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA and will be going on his third trip to space in the Fall of 2019.
Capt. Cassidy is an expert on using simulations to prepare high performers for missions and situations where there are no second chances. He is a firm believer in the power of teams, deliberate practice, and managed competition to get the best out of people and the organizations they serve. He is former Navy SEAL who has served multiple combat tours and is a graduate of the US Naval Academy.
Cathy Lanier, National Football League
Chief Security Officer; former Chief of Police D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
Cathy Lanier joined the National Football League, as Senior Vice President of Security in September 2016. She oversees the security policies and procedures that protect the 1,700 professional players, the hundreds of coaches and other staff associated with the League’s 32 clubs, and the 17 million fans who attend NFL games each year.
She is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, participates in the Department of Homeland Security’s Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council Working Groups, and has a leading role related to security efforts and recommendations for large-scale sporting events.
Cathy spent nearly 27 years with the Metropolitan Police Department. Serving much of her career working through the ranks in uniform patrol, she was unanimously confirmed as the Chief of Police by the Council of the District of Columbia – becoming the first woman to hold that rank in the Department’s history. Cathy served as the Chief of Police for nearly 10 years, serving under three different Mayors.
Cathy is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.