Coffee with Closers is a podcast created by a team of public relations professionals at Pinkston in Washington, DC. From media personalities, to pioneers in healthcare and disruptors in business, we talk to some of America’s most interesting people who tell interesting stories.
How is AI Helping Veteran Groups Tackle Mental Health Challenges? We Ask ClearForce CEO Tom Miller
Joining us on this week’s episode of Coffee with Closers is Tom Miller. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of ClearForce, a technology company that helps the commercial sector and government agencies address safety and security challenges in the workplace.
As September marks National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Mr. Miller discusses a new tool ClearForce has developed that leverages AI and machine learning to help veteran organizations engage with at-risk veterans and service members who are struggling with mental health challenges.
He also shares his thoughts on some of the greatest workplace safety and security challenges facing businesses today and why routine employee background checks are no longer sufficient in guarding against reputational and other organizational threats.
Bestselling Author Brad Thor Discusses His New Thriller “Dead Fall,” Security Threats Facing U.S.
Joining us on this week’s episode of Coffee with Closers is #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor. He discusses his new thriller, “Dead Fall,” in which his protagonist, ex-Navy SEAL and America’s top spy, Scot Harvath is sent to Ukraine to try to find an American aid worker who has gone missing. Time is of the essence and Harvath has to carry out this dangerous mission in a war-torn country without the help of his teammates. Thor was a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Red Cell” Program. Created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the program brought elite writers and artists together to brainstorm terrorist scenarios for the U.S. government.
Are Drone Attacks a New Security Threat? A Talk with Pangiam CEO Kevin McAleenan, Former Head of DHS
Joining us on this week’s episode of Coffee with Closers is Kevin McAleenan, the former Acting Homeland Security Secretary and former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He is currently the CEO of Pangiam, a technology company that leverages artificial intelligence to screen airline luggage and cargo as well as biometrics to verify a passenger’s identity.
He discusses the state of aviation security today and the need to balance security with efficiency and convenience. He also shares his thoughts on emerging threats facing our nation’s critical infrastructure.
New Program Helps Veterans Manage Chronic Health Conditions. Meet Spartan Medical’s Vince Proffitt
Joining us on this week’s episode of Coffee with Closers is Vince Proffitt, the founder and president of Spartan Medical, a leading veteran-owned and operated medical solutions company.
A former Air Force intelligence officer, Mr. Proffitt discusses a “military-like mission” he is on to combat our nation’s chronic disease epidemic, which afflicts 13 million U.S. veterans. Called the Veteran HealthPak, this comprehensive program provides veterans with remote medical monitoring, condition-specific nutritious meals, a one-click direct connection to the Veteran Crisis Line and more, to their doorsteps.
He also discusses how Spartan Medical is working to address the mental health crisis on college and university campuses as well as helping provider organizations and clinicians improve health outcomes for more people through its surgical and clinical solutions.
How are Neurodiverse Workers Quietly Keeping U.S. Safe? Enabled Intelligence CEO Peter Kant Explains
Joining us on this week’s episode of Coffee with Closers is Peter Kant, the CEO of the technology company Enabled Intelligence. More than 50% of its workforce is neurodiverse, and it’s by design. Mr. Kant explains how these professionals, many of whom have been underutilized in prior employment, are particularly adept at performing the highly-skilled and time intensive task of secure data labeling that enables AI technology in support of critical national security missions for the U.S. government. As Israel learned, neurodiverse individuals “almost had superpowers” when it comes to this kind of work, which requires technical savvy, attention to detail and focus, accuracy, pattern recognition proficiency and puzzle solving skills.
U.S. Commits $42B to Help Close Digital Divide. But is it Enough? NTCA’s Shirley Bloomfield Explains
Joining us on this week’s episode of Coffee with Closers is Shirley Bloomfield, the CEO of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, which represents approximately 850 independent, community based telecommunications companies across the country through advocacy, education and training.
With $42 billion having been allocated to expand high-speed internet access across the U.S, she explains why this historic funding provides a unique opportunity to help connect more Americans, especially in rural parts of the country, but only if the job is done right.
She also discusses some of the hurdles that still stand in the way of achieving “Internet for All” and what steps policymakers and industry stakeholders can take to help remove them.
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If you’re a business owner, thought leader, or even just an average-joe like me looking to see behind the curtain on what it takes to find success today in the business world, this show is perfect for you. Some of the guests on the show have made great impact on the way I see the business world, and the world at large!