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For more than 20 years, Ray Jefferson has helped corporations and government agencies around the world build leaders, achieve results, and create empowering environments through his leadership roles as well as by creating and delivering training and development programs that emphasize transformational leadership.
Ray was the Senate-confirmed U.S. Assistant Secretary for Veteran’s Employment and Training under President Barack Obama. He was also a Leadership Consultant with McKinsey & Company in Singapore, where he created and delivered leadership training and development programs for clients and McKinsey consultants throughout Asia, focusing on capability building as well as leadership training and development.
Ray graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a major in leadership. He then served as an Army Officer with the Infantry, Rangers, and Special Forces. In 2003, Ray was selected by former Secretary of State Colin Powell as one of two inaugural recipients of the Harrison H. Schmitt Leadership Award for Fulbright Alumni in recognition of his achievements and contributions in the area of public service.
Ray has earned a MPA in Strategic Management at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, graduating with distinction as a Littauer Fellow. He is also an MBA from Harvard Business School. Upon graduation, he was selected as a White House Fellow and worked as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Ray then served as a Fulbright Fellow in Singapore. Afterward, he served as the Deputy Director for the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). Today, Ray is a member of the Asia Society, Fulbright Association, NAACP, Special Forces Association, and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).