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Episode 75: Transforming the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Tough Change? Use Sport!

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John Register

John Register


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Scott Blackburn is Interim Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Previously Scott led the My VA Task Task Force charged with reorganizing and transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs. Scott is formerly a Partner at McKinsey & Company where he served industrial companies on a wide range of topics related to large business-wide transformational change.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Scott served as a Captain in the US Army and worked for the Cleveland Browns (and dreams of one day returning to pro sports to run a franchise).

I caught up with Scott at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and had the opportunity to ask him about how his process of transforming the VA paralleled transforming the lives of veterans through sport. 

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are an outgrowth of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ historic involvement in wheelchair sports. Wheelchair sports had their beginning in the aftermath of World War II, when young disabled Veterans began playing wheelchair basketball in VA hospitals throughout the United States. Interest in wheelchair basketball soon spread to other sports such as track and field, bowling, swimming, and archery, spawning the formation of several associations devoted to new and innovative wheelchair sports.

About The Host 

John Register is a long jump silver medalist and American record holder from the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. His business, Inspired Communications International, LLC, shows business leaders how to "Hurdle Adversity, and create their new normal" through his change management experiential keynotes.  Folllow John on all social media platforms at Johnregister.com