The mission of Life Skills for Soldiers is to improve service-members' and their families' lives through life skills education. Our vision is to create a platform and leverage the train-the-trainer methodology to equip all military leaders with skills to teach their troops valuable life skills.
Meet the Team
Vice President of Community
Nick is currently serving as an active duty officer in the US Army. He joined Life Skills for Soldiers in 2021 as the Vice President of Community. Nick enjoys testing his durability while skydiving, scuba diving, and snowboarding. Recently Nick received a scholarship from and will be pursuing his MBA at the Wharton school.
Vice President of Operations
Isaiah Suggs is an active duty officer in the US Army. He joined Life Skills for Soldiers as an operations team volunteer in 2020. Isaiah has a passion for personal finance and seeks to create high-quality and engaging educational content to help military leaders improve financial readiness within their formations. Recently Isaiah received a scholarship from and will be pursuing his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management.
Head of Community Outreach
Marley Redd joined the Life Skills for Soldiers team in the fall of 2020. Prior to that, she was a program and community outreach coordinator for a Michigan-based nonprofit, provideInc. She has a passion for connecting communities and creating cohesive content and outreach materials. Marley plans to bring a different perspective to the table as a young professional female.
Jeremy serves as an active duty officer in the US Army. While studying business at Cornell University, he worked as a tutor, educational consultant, and teaching assistant. His diverse background in education helps the operations team create effective content.
John is an Economics graduate from the University of California, San Diego and currently works in Autodesk's finance department as a data analyst. For Life Skills for Soldiers, he brings clarity and insight to messy data for the community and technology team. In his spare time, he enjoys building data visualizations and reading about investment trends and opportunities.
Pablo is an active duty Psychological Operations Officer in the US Army. He joined Life Skills for Soldiers as the Chief Marketing Officer in 2019. During his time as Chief Marketing Officer he successfully made the jump from an Adjutant General to Psychological Operations Officer.
Bill is a former Active Duty Army Officer. He joined Life Skills for Soldiers team in 2020 as the Chief Operations Officer. During his time as COO bill completed his MBA at UNC's Kenan-Flagler School of Business, did an internship in investment banking, and began his career in equity research.
In the Media
In the News
03/30/2021 - "Former Fort Bragg officer creates nonprofit to educate soldiers on budgeting, finances... FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- When Brendan Duebner served on Fort Bragg, he noticed that many fellow troops were falling victim to poor financial decisions."
NBC KCENTV 6 Military Matters
01/29/2021 - "TEMPLE, Texas — Life Skills for Soldiers is not just a passion project, it's a way of life for a group of Army veterans who too often saw the best soldiers fall through the cracks and were ill-equipped with valuable skills to survive, not only in the Army but in the civilian world."
FOX 7 Care Force: Life Skills for Soldiers
12/31/2020 - "AUSTIN, Texas - Many organizations work to make sure veterans have the skills they need to make the transition from military life to the civilian world.
However, many work toward that goal through financial or career training. Life Skills for Soldiers takes a more basic approach."
"Non-profits Worth Your Time" - Jonathan Lee
"Today we’ll feature another military nonprofit that is worth your time if you are a junior leader in the military. Life Skills for Soldiers presents a unique train-the trainer construct that empowers junior leaders to teach their formations about better decision making..." Keep reading here.
Drive On with Scott Deluzio
“Brendan Duebner is the founder of Life Skills for Soldiers, whose mission is to improve financial literacy among US service members." Listen on Spotify
The Unwavering Podcast
“We interview Army Junior Captain, Brendan Duebner about his military non-profit, Life Skills For Soldiers (LSFS). He discusses the 'train the trainer' method that has made his organization so successful in improving the lives of soldiers..." Listen on Spotify
American Valor Podcast - Founder and CEO of Life Skills for Soldiers LT Brendan Duebner, USA (Ret.)
“While serving as an Army platoon leader, [the Life Skills for Soldiers] Founder realized there are far too many soldiers who lack basic life skills causing additional stress and burden on themselves and their families. He began teaching a diverse set of everyday life topics including how to make a budget, how to start investing, and how to meal plan in the belief that doing so would help the individual and the unit..." Listen on Spotify
The Llama Lounge - Essential Life Skills w/ Brendan Duebner
"In this episode, Joe welcomed Brendan Duebner to the lounge. Brendan is a commissioned officer in the US Army and currently is the CEO and Founder of Life Skills for Soldiers, a non-profit organization created to deliver essential life skills to service members. During their discussion, they talked about the gaps our service members have when it comes to life skills such as managing finances, investing, etc. and Brendan talked about how Life Skills for Soldiers plans to resolve some of those gaps." Listen on Spotify
The Veteran - Semi Professional Interview with Mark & Brendan
"Mark and Brendan discuss the following: Quarantine workouts, upcoming start of their MBA programs, [and] travel. We also go in-depth on Brendan's new project: Life Skills For Soldiers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to arm military officers with the instructional tools needed to serve their soldiers." Listen on Spotify
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