Keynote Speaker


Aaron Taylor

CBS Sports Analyst, Super Bowl Champion,

Lombardi Award Winner, and College Football Hall of Famer

Aaron has found a way to be successful at every level of the game and in life. Overcoming addiction, depression, and navigating the complexities of a bi-racial upbringing, he uses the life lessons he’s learned along the way to inspire and empower audiences to become the best versions of themselves and contribute positively to their team, family, and society as a whole.

 

 


Ben Harrow

Ben Harrow is a native of New York being raised between Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Long Island. Ben was a Division 1 collegiate Lacrosse athlete at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Ben graduated in 2005 from West Point and earned a coveted commission as an Infantry Officer. Afer graduating from the United States Army Ranger School Ben deployed from Fort Hood, Texas for a 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 1st Cavalry Division. Ben completed the Special Forces Qualification Course becoming a Green Beret Officer in 2010. Ben was charged with commanding Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 7215 on his first deployment to Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. Ben then took command of ODA 7211 on his second deployment with the 7th Special Forces Group to the Panjawai District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

On May 15, 2012, five months into his deployment leading operations with Afghan security forces, Ben was injured during a mission in which he stepped on a 10-pound pressure-plate IED. Ben flew several feet in the air while he realized he that he lost both of his legs above the knee, two fingers, and a portion of his right forearm in the blast. Ben’s will to live and his ODA’s teamwork under pressure allowed Ben to be medically evacuated to first to Germany and then to Walter Reed Medical Center. Ben’s extreme resilience led him to embarking upon a procedure to extend his femur to empower his ability to walk and live a life full of continued mobility and leadership. Ben set world record growth for growth to his femur of 6.5 inches in a process known as osseo-distraction. Ben trailblazed a path at Walter Reed, and his procedure still sets an example for the possible for fellow wounded warriors at Walter Reed.

Upon making a truly amazing recovery, Ben served as the Manager of Federal Sales for iBoss cybersecurity, and for the last 6 years has learned the Aviation Management business for Private Jets as the President ot PAM JETS. Ben has spent spent significant time with giving back to the Wounded Warrior Mission and has met with and collaborated with President Obama and Trump, the Gary Sinise Foundation, and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Ben has also remained a top tier athlete as an adaptive skier and paralympic hockey goalie.
Ben is married to his wife, Gina Harrow, and is a Father to his 11-year-old Son, Peyton, and his 7-year-old Daughter, Marchesa (Mar-kay-za).