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Justin Constantine is a Marine combat veteran and a leading voice in the veteran community.

Justin Constantine retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is now an inspirational speaker and veteran advocate. He speaks at numerous corporate, educational and military institutions about leadership, the upside of change, teamwork and overcoming adversity. Justin is also a Senior Advisor at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program focusing on veteran employment. And as a consultant with Military.com, Justin assists corporations with all aspects of their veteran hiring initiatives.

Justin deployed to Iraq in 2006, serving as a Civil Affairs Team Leader while attached to an infantry battalion. While on a routine combat patrol, Justin was shot in the head by a sniper. Although the original prognosis was that he had been killed in action, Justin survived thanks to risks taken by his fellow Marines and a courageous Navy Corpsman.

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“It was an honor to meet Justin and hear his perspectives on leadership and individual accountability. Everyone on my team left the presentation better informed and uplifted. There was a palpable buzz in our hallways that afternoon. His words and his message were truly inspirational.”

Rich Wallis, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft

“Through the story of his military journey, Justin represents the voices of many of the very best that America has to offer and he does a fantastic job. A powerful and inspirational speaker, from the moment he took the stage Justin built an instant rapport with the audience as evidenced by his standing ovation. His message of dedication, perseverance, and triumph against nearly impossible odds resonated deeply, not only with the members of our Military Network, but with our entire Capital One team.”

Dave LaGassa, Managing Vice President Financial Services, Capital One

“Justin, after hearing you present at a CEO conference, I knew you would be the perfect speaker to inspire our 2,000 store leaders at our Michaels leadership conference. Your speech was outstanding. It was both inspirational and dynamic. You took the time to get to know our audience, our business, our goals and our needs. Thank you for giving a speech that spoke directly to my team. We are taking the lessons to heart and incorporating them into our business.”

Chuck Rubin, Chief Executive Officer, Michaels

“Recently we had the great privilege to host Justin Constantine to be the keynote speaker at our annual leadership conference. This meeting includes our top one hundred executives and is our most important event of the year. Justin exceeded expectations and was exactly what our group needed at this time.  Justin studied our company and listened to our challenges. He then authentically incorporated our situation into his messages. Our team was truly inspired. I have rarely received such consistent positive feedback on an external speaker. I would highly recommend Justin to participate in your event.”

Tim Brown, President & CEO, Nestlé Waters North America

“Justin is incredible and his speech was so inspirational for our team, both on a personal and a professional level. Justin’s speech was followed by lunch – and folks were talking about it. Then there were reception and dinner, and folks were talking about it. Then it was Friday, and folks were still talking about it. Justin’s is a simply an incredible story, from such a humble speaker.”

Vanja Thorson, Capture Management Senior Staff, Lockheed Martin

“Justin spoke at our 2014 National Conference in front of over 1,200 managers, corporate partners and senior leaders. His incredibly inspiring story of overcoming adversity, leadership and perseverance resonated with every single person in the room. Justin’s presentation is unforgettable, and we will certainly be applying what we learned from him. The audience gave Justin a long and loud standing ovation, which was no surprise to me.”

Wayne Goldberg, President and CEO, La Quinta Inn & Suites

“Justin Constantine provided an outstanding presentation to our hand-picked future leaders at USBank.  Both the style and substance of Justin’s session drew the audience in and held their full attention.  His ability to connect with our audience, and to inspire them to be better leaders, was first class.  The energetic standing ovation, as well as numerous compliments about Justin’s presentation throughout the conference, showed me how valuable his presentation was to USBank.”

Patrick Law, Senior Vice President, USBank

“Thank you Justin for your truly inspirational message and lessons during our Veterans Day event.  You were the perfect selection for our inaugural event, and you did a fantastic job of making our audience laugh, cry, and ultimately walk away inspired to create a bigger impact at work and in their communities.  Colleagues have continued to tell me how honored they felt to hear your speak, and what great value you brought to CBS.”

Rich Jones, Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel, CBS Corporation

“Justin, I wanted to thank you for taking the time to speak to the Phillips 66 team.  Your story, your struggle, and your success resonated with everyone in attendance.  You are a remarkable man, and your humility is even more pronounced…which makes you the leader that you are.  After you spoke, I had to call my wife about your speech … a healthy reminder to keep things in perspective and embrace and appreciate the blessings that you have every day (never give up).”

Tim Roberts, EVP Strategy and Business Development, Phillips 66

“As the Managing Partner of a large financial services firm, one of the most important things I do is motivate and inspire our advisers to reach their potential.  Justin Constantine was the perfect person to deliver a message that both inspired and motivated.  His message was relevant and reached the hearts and minds of everyone in our audience.  Without question I strongly recommend Justin Constantine for your next corporate event.”

Leo Tucker, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual

“Justin has shown each and every one of us that there is no obstacle that is too big to overcome.  For us, Justin’s presentation was a life-changing moment.”

Mark Reasoner, Senior Vice President for Sales, Pure Fishing

“Justin connected with our leadership on a personal level weeks before our event, and adapted his material accordingly.  He motivated and impressed our entire audience, and I heard people talking about his message long after the event was over.  No wonder so many of our employees lined up to talk with him afterwards.”

Colin Daly, Managing Principal and National Practice Leader, Aon

“Justin, I would like to thank you personally for delivering the most powerful and memorable keynote speech that we have experienced in 8 years.  Two minutes into your speech I was on the edge of my seat; I looked around the room and the other attendees were also absolutely captivated.  That did not change the whole time.”

George Sucher, President, Razor Technologies

“Thank you so much Justin for attending and participating in the 2015 Apollo Portfolio Company Conference.  We asked a lot of you over those two days.  You were the highlight of our conference and people are still thanking us for including you in our speaker list.  Your standing ovation was certainly well deserved – the entire audience left feeling motivated, uplifted and inspired.”

Lisa Barse Bernstein, Global Head of Human Resources, Apollo Global Management

“It was an honor and privilege to sponsor Justin’s keynote address at our industry’s executive conference. His Officers Eat Last point of view was a powerful and poignant reminder to those of us who have been entrusted with the leadership of our companies and their most valuable asset – the people. The audience’s engagement in the presentation was obvious from the multiple standing ovations.”

Don Akery, Senior Vice President, TTI Global Business Operations

“What an inspiring speech you give!  Your story is compelling and your message is substantive and useful in our ever-changing world.”

Dr. Nido R. Qubein, President, High Point University

“When we read Justin Constantine’s biography we knew that his presentation is going to be inspirational, but we weren’t prepared for just how powerful and motivating his presentation was. Everyone who heard Justin was rejuvenated and reinvigorated. Our people left refocused on our success and reminded of the boldness and courage that resides within each of us. Justin’s presentation was truly transformational. ”

Don Hall, President & CEO, Virginia Automobile Dealers Association

“Justin, your presentation was inspiring and reinforced the importance of the work we do at Lockheed Martin to protect the warfighter. Your message about looking at life as a “glass half full” despite the adversity you endured was truly uplifting and highlighted the importance of persevering to make the most of every day. You are a testament to the human spirit. Thank you for sharing your remarkable story and powerful insights with us.”

Dale P. Bennett, Executive Vice President, Mission Systems & Training, Lockheed Martin

“Justin, you came highly recommended and you certainly delivered.  You clearly tailored your message for our particular organization, and that resonated with our team members.  Your inspirational story and the leadership lessons you have developed over the years had a big impact on us – you inspired many of us to be better leaders, to take care of those around us, and to seek out ways to be more impactful at work.  Thank you so much.”

Roger Falloon, Chief Operating Officer, Chickie’s & Pete’s

Justin’s TV Appearances


My Battlefield,
Your Office

Every year, millions of managers and supervisors are promoted into leadership positions without learning how to effectively lead people. Justin Constantine shares invaluable lessons about leadership and taking care of your people.

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Justin’s Podcast Interviews