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Leadership Through Adversity

“Leadership Through Adversity” Two-Part Dinner Series

Join us for an evening of fine dining, profound insights, and enriching dialogue at our exclusive “Leadership Through Adversity” two-part dinner series. Leave feeling inspired by insights from esteemed military leaders as they dive deep into the essence of trust and judgement, navigating challenges, and making pivotal decisions in high-stakes environments.

Dates and Times:

Part 1:
Thursday, November 16th
5:30-8:00 PM
The Olympic Club
599 Skyline Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94132

Part 2:
Monday, December 4th
5:30-8:00 PM
Il Fornaio
18051 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612


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About the Topic + Guest Speakers:

“Leadership Through Adversity”

In an era where banking faces myriad challenges, it’s essential to look beyond traditional paradigms. Banking transcends mere data analysis, and in today’s unpredictable world, transformational leadership takes center stage. At the heart of such leadership lie trust and judgment.

We aim to ignite your leadership journey, emphasizing the importance of fostering trust and mastering insightful judgment through real-life examples.

For our 2023 series, we are honored to host: 

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan French, United States Marine Corps

Part 1: Thursday, November 16th | The Olympic Club, San Francisco

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan French, United States Marine Corps

  • F-35 Pilot Training Center Officer-in-Charge (TOPGUN Graduate-Level Instructor)
  • Active service from 2007 to the present
  • Expertise in F-18 and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter piloting with 3,000 flight hours
  • Academic accolades: Cum Laude (AB, Earth and Planetary Sciences) from Harvard University and an Executive MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Colonel Aaron Schilleci, United States Army

Part 2: Monday, December 4th| Il Fornaio, Irvine

Colonel Aaron Schilleci, United States Army

  • Division Chief for Aviation and Safety for the Army National Guard at the Pentagon
  • AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Blackhawk pilot with over 1,200 combat flight hours in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Educational achievements: Masters in Public Policy from Northwestern University, Masters in National Security Strategy from National War College, and a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow.

Accessibility: We’ve chosen venues strategically located near major airports. If you’re considering attending one or both events, we’re available to offer lodging recommendations.

Exclusivity: This event is by invitation only.

Contact: If you have any questions, please email

Event Partners

Brean Capital