Chris Marvin

Speech Topics

The concept of post-traumatic growth isn’t often included in conversations about mental health and wellness. Only recently studied in academia, understanding post-traumatic growth and resilience is crucial to understanding the value veterans can bring to a company or a community. Chris Marvin explores the topic of post-traumatic growth by filtering cutting-edge research on the topic through his personal experiences in combat and beyond.


Pop culture and the media are powerful tools. They can help shape society’s views on many important social issues. From the LGBT movement to the concept of the “designated driver”, popular media has been a source for change in many ways. Chris Marvin compares some of the most well-known movements with his own experience shaping the veteran narrative in Hollywood, as he discusses culture change.

Who do you picture when you hear the word “veteran”? Does this image represent the diversity of the group of people exiting today’s military? Understanding who veterans really are is the first step in understanding how veterans help make our companies and communities stronger. Chris Marvin uses his depth of experience as one of the leaders of the veteran empowerment movement to more accurately communicate who veterans really are.


There are many misconceptions that we hold about who veterans are and how civilians should interact with them. Chris Marvin helps to dismiss many of the common myths that civilians have about veterans and how to talk to them, serve them, and market to them.



Chris Marvin is an expert on collaborative leadership with professional experience that combines military service, entrepreneurship, and social innovation. Chris has led multiple efforts to create large-scale cultural change through collaboration between national nonprofits, the federal government, charitable foundations, the entertainment industry, and major corporations. He is a thought leader on social movements, strategic marketing, shifting cultural perceptions, and collective impact.

Chris is the principal for Marvin Strategies, a consulting practice focused on veteran-related strategy and communication. The firm specializes in communicating the veteran narrative in corporate communication, film and television productions, and veteran-facing programs. Previously, as the founder and executive director of Got Your 6, Chris worked closely with the entertainment industry on veteran narratives. He advocated for accurate portrayals of veterans in film, television, and popular media, while developing complimentary projects with top national nonprofits. Prior to that, Chris helped develop and lead the veteran fellowship program at The Mission Continues. Chris served for seven years as a US Army officer and Black Hawk helicopter pilot and is a combat-wounded veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Chris has been a regular contributor to MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and The Huffington Post. He has held fellowship or advisory roles for the Presidio Institute, the Clinton Global Initiative, Truman National Security Project, the Bipartisan Policy Center, Habitat for Humanity International, Points of Light, Next Generation, and the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Chris’ work in the veteran community has been recognized by awards from the National Conference on Citizenship, Goodwill Industries, Points of Light, and The Mission Continues. His military awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal.

Chris holds a bachelors from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides with his wife and daughters in Philadelphia.

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