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Special Evening with Thomas Modly

  • 07-Apr-2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Sarasota Yacht Club | 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

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We heard your feedback! Many of our members reported that a Q & A session would have added significant value to Tom Modly's presentation in February. Thanks to our event sponsors, The Observer Media Group, Sunwest Bank and Cool Today have planned a special Q&A evening with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. We hope you can join us for this rare opportunity with the 33rd Under Secretary of the Navy, as he candidly answers the questions you have been waiting to ask.

Honorable Thomas B. Modly undertook the most comprehensive review of naval education in over 100 years. This study led to the implementation of key organizational, governance, and policy reforms which will elevate education as a true warfare enabler, and better support the development of strategic and critical thinking in the naval service. While serving as the Acting Secretary of the Navy he took an aggressive approach to addressing many of the Department’s issues to include its lack of an integrated, forward looking shipbuilding strategy, strongly advocating for a 355 Plus ship fleet, putting a spotlight on the USS Ford and its myriad of high profile development issues, elevating information management and investment to the highest level of the Department, and proactively pushing uniformed leadership to more actively engage in the COVID-19 crisis. Secretary Modly also made the bold and unconventional decision to name the next aircraft carrier after an African American sailor who fought bravely at Pearl Harbor as a way to honor all African American sailors, all enlisted men, and all those who fought and died to defend the nation in the Navy in World War II. During his tenure Secretary Modly was known for his candor and willingness to address the toughest challenges facing the Department in an open and honest way. Despite only serving five months as the Acting Secretary, his focus on long-term strategic challenges lead Forbes magazine to refer to his initiatives as strengthening “his position as one of the most politically adept Naval Secretaries of the post-Cold War era.” 

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