Nov 14, 2018
Paula Broadwell is interim executive director of Wheelhouse
Media Foundation, a non-profit arm of Wheelhouse Media, which
creates original and branded content across media platforms. She is
also director of the Think Broader Foundation. She leads the firm’s
branding, communications, business and executive leadership
development practices, serving clients across the United
States. Paula’s experience spans the consulting, media,
defense, academic and nonprofit sectors. Prior to her current work,
she was a New York Times best-selling author and research associate
at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership. She also
served as Deputy Director of The Fletcher School’s
Counter-Terrorism Center. Paula is a U.S. Army veteran with
leadership experience in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia,
and Europe. She is a graduate of The U.S. Military Academy at West
Point. She holds an M.A. in International Security from the
University of Denver and M.P.A. in International Relations and
National Security from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of
Government. She is pursuing a Diploma in Global Business from
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in virtual
reality immersion, addressing unconscious bias, a career in
military intelligence and service to greater causes.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Paula shares her thoughts on Veterans Day and
service to the nation.
- She discusses her contribution of a virtual reality
immersion video to ‘Vicarious,’ an art exhibit on the
veteran experience at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art.
- She tells the story of Staff Sergeant Dale Beatty and producing
a video dedicated to him that shows the challenges of being
a disabled veteran.
- She reviews the potential uses and benefits of virtual
- Paula describes the Think Broader Foundation and her work of
addressing unconscious bias in the media.
- She answers why bias and equality issues are important
- She talks about her experience pursuing a diploma in
Global Business from Oxford University.
- She quotes from the poem ‘Ulysses’ by Alfred Lord
- Paula reflects on growing up the daughter of a teacher and
cattle-rancher in Bismarck, North Dakota.
- She remembers her career in high school and being part of group
called ‘The Wholesomes.’
- She shares how she ended up at The U.S. Military
Academy at West Point.
- She discusses her time at West Point and what branch
and post she pursued after graduation.
- Paula answers what type of mission tested her
during her military career and whether she was good at what she
- She reviews her career working in intelligence
in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, supporting special
operations command in Europe, and being part of an inter-agency
special counter-terrorism task force.
- She remembers the morning of 9/11.
- She shares what was once her career ambition to serve at
the highest levels of national service and she
answers whether she ever wanted to be President of the United
- Paula reveals where she focuses her ambition now, the mantra
that she follows, and what’s important to
plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Ulysses
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