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    Date: Friday, 26 July 2024

    Time: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. (Eastern) / 10:00 A.M - 11:00 P.M. (Pacific)

    Who should attend: All Federal Government or DoD employees who are interested in learning more from speakers of DAU's Flagship event of the summer. 

    Note: Must register with an email address ending in .mil, .gov, or .edu to attend. 

    Topic: Philip Freidhoff discusses The Skeptics' Guide to the Future by Steven Novella.

    Event Description: You heard Philip Freidhoff talk at DAU’s Flagship event of the summer on 5 June 2024. Now’s your chance to continue the conversation about one of his professional development books. Come join us to learn how this book has impacted Phil's work and what Phil hopes you take from it.  Make some time on Fridays this summer to lean into Leadership and get inspired! 

    About the book:  Our predictions of the future are a wild fantasy, inextricably linked to our present hopes and fears, biases and ignorance. Whether they be the outlandish leaps predicted in the 1920s, like multi-purpose utility belts with climate control capabilities and planes the size of luxury cruise ships, or the forecasts of the ‘60s, which didn’t anticipate the sexual revolution or women’s liberation, the path to the present is littered with failed predictions and incorrect estimations. The best we can do is try to absorb the lessons from futurism's checkered past, perhaps learning to do a little better.

    Disclaimer:  DAU does not endorse any of the books included in our Book TALKx series. Instead, past and current Flagship Event speakers choose books based on their own personal preferences.  There is no requirement to buy or read these books to have a great conversation about them! 

    SPEAKER:

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    PHILIP FREIDHOFF

    Vice President, Human Centered Design

    Phil is an engineer by education, a designer by accident, and a believer that small, high performing
    teams change the world. Phil is the Operations Strategist for TANG and a Project Manager and facilitates expert teams leveraging creativity and curiosity to tackle mission-focused, human-centered National Security challenges. During his time as a US submarine officer Phil saw the impact that human centered design brings to systems engineering when he attended his first Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation (TANG) workshop.

    Phil received degrees in engineering and philosophy before commissioning in the Navy. After his Navy career as a submarine officer, Phil joined 2Mi, founded to improve the experience of those serving our country in uniform or civilian clothes. Phil is particularly passionate about process design and understanding how interactions between bureaucracy and behavior can dramatically improve outcomes and expand what is possible. He enjoys designing and implementing environments where those teams can form and leading or following as those teams drive change. Finding ways to augment design practices with system engineering methodologies is challenging and his favorite way to learn.

    Phil grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives in Virginia with his wife, two toddlers, two cats, with a dog on the way. Outside of work, Phil loves to read just about anything, hiking, climbing, and swimming. He is an aspiring wood worker, translating what he learned building houses with his grandfathers into much smaller scale projects.


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Date: Friday, 26 July 2024 Time: 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. (Eastern) / 10:00 A.M - 11:00 P.M. (Pacific) Who should attend: All Federal Government or DoD employees who are interested in learning more from speakers of DAU's Flagship event of the summer.  Note: Must register with an email address…
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