Keynote Speaker

Mr. Patrick M. Walsh, Ph.D.

Patrick Walsh is a co-founder of The First Watch Group, as a consultant in partnership with former business leaders in the Aerospace & Defense industry who have deep experience leading P&Ls that range from Small Businesses to Original Equipment Manufacturers, focused on
leadership development, business growth, and team performance in the supply chain, logistics, and large-scale program management. The First Watch Group builds the coalition to solve business challenges.

Prior to co-founding The First Watch Group, Pat was Vice President of The Boeing Company, (NYSE: BA), Global Services Navy-Marine Corps Services business. Prior to Boeing, Pat was the Senior Vice President/General Manager at iSIGHT Partners, a FireEye Company, (NASDAQ: FEYE), and President, Strategic Programs, Academic Partnerships, LLC.

Admiral (Ret.) Walsh was the 59th Vice Chief of Naval Operations, served as a member of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC), and provided testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Seapower Subcommittee on matters related to the Readiness, Manpower, and Acquisition accounts for the Department of the Navy. He held significant leadership positions over the course of a 34-year career as a carrier-based, combat fighter pilot and former Slot Pilot for the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, to include Chairman, Department of Leadership, Ethics & Law at the U.S. Naval Academy, and command of Strike/Fighter Squadron 105, Carrier Air Wing 1, Carrier Strike Group 7, NAVCENT/US FIFTH Fleet and finally as Commander, US Pacific Fleet, responsible for the largest naval force in the world where he led the US military response to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and radiation triple catastrophes.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from the US Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy, a Doctor of Philosophy (with Distinction) in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, and was a White House Fellow assigned to the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Management & Budget. Pat is a Senior Advisor to Oliver Wyman, Inc., Director and member of the Technology Committee for Austin Industries, the Chairman of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and a Senior Fellow at Southern Methodist University.

Pat was the second student in the history of Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Texas, to receive both the Distinguished Graduate and Distinguished Alumnus Awards. He resides in Dallas with his wife, Andy Kaye, of more than 33 years. They have 2 grown children, Jennifer – a member of the 2012 Ursuline state championship basketball team and a walk-on at the College of the Holy Cross, and Matthew, a 2018 Dallas Jesuit graduate and business/finance senior at Loyola, Marymount University.