Author / Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps
From his earliest days on the elementary school playground, Jay Kopelman has championed for – and taken pride in defending – those who could not stand up for themselves. He continues to champion for the underdog, and has dedicated his adult life to helping others: first, as an officer of Marines for 21 years; then as the executive director of a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting wounded service members and their families; and, finally, as a health care innovation leader seeking improved patient outcomes. Though he has performed combat operations in Iraq, Kopelman (a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel) has continually managed to demonstrate compassion for those who have suffered misfortune or loss. Read More >
"There were uniform raves about you, as a person and as a speaker, for your presence, your service and your wisdom during the whole five days. The students loved you and felt that your interactions with them – at our lunch, in their classes and informally – were highly informative, helpful and represented a viewpoint that many of them are not familiar with simply because they have not been exposed to such a knowledgeable and thoughtful spokesperson before. All in all, a total success, Jay. I look forward to meeting again!"
"Thanks again for Jay’s generous sharing of his time yesterday and thanks for his super and heartfelt talk. Several attendees for the lunch and for the talk stopped me yesterday afternoon and today to express their appreciation for not only his service but also his comments. His talk, his message, his bravery to show some vulnerability, and his honesty was impressive and powerful."
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