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Keynote Speaker: Captain Kristen Griest

Captain Kristen Griest was born in 1989 and raised in Orange, Connecticut. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations. Kristen was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps and served as a Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. During her 29 months as a Platoon Leader, she deployed to Afghanistan for eight months in 2013. Upon returning home, Kristen served as an assistant operations officer in the 716th Military Police Battalion before becoming one of the first two women to graduate Ranger School with Captain Shaye Haver in August 2015.  


In 2016, Kristen became the first woman to join the Infantry and served as a Ranger School instructor as her first Infantry assignment. She then reported to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, NC where she commanded Bravo Company of the 2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment for 17 months. After command, she became a Team Leader in the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) and deployed to Afghanistan for nine months in 2019 to advise an Afghan Army Battalion. Kristen worked for the Army Talent Management Task Force in 2020 and is currently earning a Master of Arts Degree in Social-Organizational Psychology at Columbia University.

2021 Friends of Scouting Patron Luncheon

Thursday, September 16, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Music City Center - Ballrooms A&B
201 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN 37203
Keynote Speaker: Captain  Kristen Griest
*John C. Maxwell - #1 New York Times bestselling author, speaker, coach and leader - will be 2022 keynote speaker
2021 Friends of Scouting Campaign Chair
Jay Hollomon - Founder and Chief Operating Officer - Vaco, LLC
2021 Nashville Patron Luncheon Chair
Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D. PhD - President & CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kevin McMurrian, Director Finance, at 615-516-9065 or