We live in an interconnected world, a world in which we are increasingly drawn into the same space and time as people in different parts of the world. This process has been given a name – globalization. Whilst some would argue that the forces of globalization are felt universally, there is perhaps no place where they are more evident than in our city, state and country.

By integrating global communication into out daily lives we acquire real-world communication skills, an enhanced cultural perspective, and a deeper understanding of who we are as leaders. More importantly, we realize that even though our personal circumstances are different, we share much in common with our global partners. Global connections provides us a new audience to share our ideas and opinions.

This Free event sponsored by the VETTED Foundation and W2O Group is perfect for innovators, transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, college students, entrepreneurs, business, startups and community leaders.

Bring plenty of business cards for networking and a raffle.

5:30 – 6:00pm: Networking and Happy Hour
6:00 – 6:45pm: Panel Discussion followed by Q&A
6:45 – 7:00pm: Continue the conversation…..and raffle prizes!

This is a live in-person event for our local Austin/Central Texas community AND a live-stream event for our national VETTED community.


Andrew Siemer, CEO,  Inventive Group, Inc.

     After leaving the Army in 1998, Andy started digging into the technology scene. Self-educated on everything from building computers and installing networks to designing distributed systems and fleshing out automated virtual infrastructure in the cloud – Andy is a professional technologist looking forward to his next net-new business challenge requiring a technical solution. Having served in Ranger Battalion for a few years, Andy is very capable of wading through stressful situations while keeping his exuberant smile fully intact ensuring that his team enjoys the problem-solving scenarios of the day. In addition to many consulting engagements from Los Angeles to NY to London over the past 20 years, Andy has also worked as the Chief Architect for Dell where he helped rebuild
     Andy is a published author, International speaker, and served as the Chief Architect for Clear Measure, ASP Insider, Azure Advisor, and Microsoft VTSP. He’s always been a “right tool for the job” kind of guy.
     His company,
Inventive, improves lives with technology, a drop of sweat and a whole lot of GET “STUFF” DONE.


Bob Pearson, Senior Advisor, W2O

     Is one of the pioneers of social media marketing. Bob is globally recognized as a marketing visionary who is driving “pragmatic disruption” in the new world of what is now called Social Commerce.
     Bob is an author, frequent speaker, and blogger on digital marketing, as well as a professor at the Syracuse Center for Social Commerce, the US State Department’s Marketing College, The University of Southern California and the University of Texas.
     Prior to W2O Group, Bob worked as VP of Communities and Conversations at Dell, Head of Global Corporate Communications and Head of Global Pharma Communications at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland, 
     Bob serves as an advisor and investor in many capacities. Highlights include: P&G digital advisory board,  Governor of Texas appointment as Chair and Vice Chair of the Emerging Technology Fund for the State of Texas, boards of The Advertising Research Foundation and MedicAlert Foundation, advisor for the University of Texas Center for Global Business and the VETTED Foundation.

Clay Comer, Technical Recruiter, Facebook

     Clay is a people person with a knack for helping people find where they belong.
     He’s been refining this skill for years for some of the top worldwide companies including: Facebook, Indeed, Google, Bell & McCoy, and Orion.
     Clay was born in Texas and grew up in Central Florida. He  had a mind to go into the military from a very young age. In May of 2010 he joined the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer and began his training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Clay’s first duty station was with 4th BDE, 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, NC. He deployed to Afghanistan as a Fire Support Officer in 2012 to Southern Afghanistan from February – September. Clay separated honorably at the end of his commitment as a Captain and moved to Austin to start a sales/recruiting hybrid position with Orion International (now Orion Talent). Before long he had found his way into Tech Recruiting starting at Google, moving to, and now at Facebook. Clay lives in East Austin with his dog, Billy the Kid.

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