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Eric Kapitulik, Founder & CEO, The Program

Leadership and Attacking Adversity

Individuals can win games, but great teams compete for championships, on any battlefield. And great teams are comprised of great teammates and great leaders. The Program Founder and CEO, Eric Kapitulik drawing from his experiences as a collegiate athlete, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Officer, ultra-endurance athlete, and high-altitude mountaineer teaches and inspires audiences to make a commitment to be both!


Charlie Enright - 11th Hour Racing Team

Charlie Enright

Skipper of 11th Hour Racing Team

Charlie Enright (USA) is 38 years old and currently lives in Rhode Island in the United States with his wife Meris and two young children, Thomas and Maggie. Charlie is Skipper of 11th Hour Racing Team, the first American team to ever win The Ocean Race.

Born on September 10, 1984 and raised in Bristol, Rhode Island, he was destined to sail from a young age after his grandfather – a boatbuilder – introduced him to the sport. Charlie went to Brown University and has a degree in Business and Economics.

Prior to his college graduation in 2008, Charlie had his first taste of offshore sailing in 2007 when he joined the crew of the TP52 Morning Light to take part in the 44th Transpac Yacht Race, where he first met fellow team co-founder Mark Towill (now 11th Hour Racing Team CEO). The team’s participation was filmed and chronicled in the documentary released by Walt Disney Pictures ‘Morning Light’ later that year, providing Enright his first moment in the sailing spotlight.

Together with Mark, Charlie entered The Ocean Race 2014-15 with Team Alvimedica, leading the campaign as skipper with the youngest overall crew in the race. The team won the final leg into Gothenburg, Sweden to tie Spanish-entry MAPFRE for fourth place in the overall standings.

Two years later, they entered the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 again, this time as Skipper with Vestas 11th Hour Racing. The team won the race’s opening leg into Lisbon before missing some legs due to a broken mast in the Southern Ocean, resulting in a fifth-place finish overall.

In 2022-23, he returned once again for a third shot at the elusive Ocean Race Trophy and this time it was meant to be. The win had been over 4 years in the making for this team, over 10 years in the making for 11th Hour Racing, and a lifetime in the making for Mark and Charlie. On June 29, 2023, 11th Hour Racing Team became the first American team to win The Ocean Race in its 50-year history.

The team’s goal of winning The Ocean Race came with a mission to educate fans and followers along the way and challenge them to do their part in regards to ocean health and environmental issues.

Sailing highlights include:

2022-23: The Ocean Race – 11th Hour Racing Team
2021: Transat Jacques Vabre – 11th Hour Racing Team
2021: The Ocean Race Europe – 11th Hour Racing Team
2019: Transat Jacques Vabre – 11th Hour Racing Team
2017-18: Volvo Ocean Race – Vestas 11th Hour Racing
2014-15: Volvo Ocean Race – Team Alvimedica

Admiral Sandy Stosz

Vice Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.)

Admiral Sandy Stosz is an experienced senior leader who has served and operated in the military, maritime, homeland security, transportation, and academic sectors. Her expertise includes leadership development, strategic vision and planning, change management, training and education, and leading and managing complex organizations.

She started out in the Coast Guard as an ensign serving on polar icebreakers, conducting national security missions from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Her thirty-six-year career was filled with leadership lessons gleaned while breaking ice and breaking glass as the first woman to command an icebreaker on the Great Lakes and to lead a U.S. armed forces service academy.

A line officer, Admiral Stosz served for 12 years at sea. While commanding the medium endurance cutter Reliance she and her crew patrolled off the coast of New York City, keeping the nation safe and secure following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. She led large Coast Guard organizations during times of crisis and complexity. As Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, she was responsible for developing and educating a corps of 1,000 cadets. She also led the Coast Guard’s recruit training center in Cape May, New Jersey where she was responsible for building the Service’s enlisted workforce. She finished her career as the first woman assigned as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, directing one of the Coast Guard’s largest enterprises. She was responsible for all facets of support for the Coast Guard’s diverse mission set through oversight of human capital, lifecycle engineering and logistics, acquisitions, information technology, training and education and security.

Admiral Stosz graduated from the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Master of National Security Strategy from the National War College. She completed an executive fellowship in national security through the MIT Seminar XXI program and completed the Navy’s Executive Business Course at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler business school.

Admiral Stosz’s military awards include two Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals, three Legion of Merit Medals and four Meritorious Service Medals. She is the recipient of the National Maritime Historical Society Distinguished Service Award; Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Airmen’s Club Distinguished Military Leadership Award; Girl Scouts of America Trail Blazer Award, and the Connecticut Woman of the Year award. In 2012, Newsweek’s “The Daily Beast” named her as one of 150 Women who Shake the World.

Following retirement from the Coast Guard, Sandy established Sandra L. Stosz, LLC, focused on leadership and leader development. She is a member of the board of directors of Modern Woodmen of America. In her volunteer capacity, she serves as a trustee for the James M. Loy Institute for Leadership, a a member of the Flag and General Officer Advisory Council to the President of Arizona State University, the Darley Defense Advisory Board, and the Government Technology and Services Coalition Editorial Board.

She is the author of Breaking Ice & Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters.

Outside of work, Sandy enjoys hiking, swimming, birdwatching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family.


Coach Reed Maltbie

Unlocking Excellence - Workshop

Communicating in the Chaos: High-Performance Communication Principles in High-Pressure Environments

Time Requirement: 60 Minutes

Step into the realm of chaos and discover the art of high-performance communication in the face of relentless pressure and stress.

This is a transformative workshop designed to unleash your communication potential and empower you to thrive in the most demanding situations. In this dynamic and immersive experience, we will delve into the heart of effective communication and equip you with the tools to navigate the tempestuous seas of high-pressure environments. Led by a global expert in high-performance communication, this workshop combines insightful lectures, interactive exercises, and real-life case studies to sharpen your communication skills to an unprecedented level.

With dual master's degrees in sports psychology and education, combined with three decades of professional coaching experience, Coach Reed Maltbie has established himself as a global authority on cultivating and achieving peak performance, high-performance communication, coaching methodologies, and leadership development.

As a trusted expert, he is a sought-after educator and advisor, having worked with organizations like State Farm, Civil Air Patrol, Proctor and Gamble, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, PGA Canada, Gaelic Games Association, Sport New Zealand, and US Sailing.


Meg Reilly

Mentoring our Future Leaders

Meg Reilly, Executive Director of The Magenta Project, shares her expertise and personal experiences in leadership development through the mentorship model. Serving both as a mentor and mentored by many top international executives, Meg shares tips and tricks on how to recruit and cultivate top talent.

The Magenta Project, an international non-profit driving equity and inclusion in sailing, instituted the first global mentorship program in our sport to provide pathways for women in professional sailing careers. Since 2018, The Magenta Project has mentored over 200 women around the world and supported their careers in sailing — from onboard to the board room. In 2023, The Magenta Project expanded their program with a newly-designed Mentor training curriculum, to take the mentorship model to commercial and community organizations looking to diversify their talent pool at the highest levels.


NESS Certified Educator Course
Where: The DeSoto Savannah
When: Wednesday, January 31st from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Who: Anyone interested in learning more about SEL and experiential learning, how it applies to youth sailors, and potential opportunities to expand your outreach.

Join NESS to gain a solid understanding of experiential learning through our NESS Certified Educator Course tailored specifically to coaches, instructors, and directors of community boating centers or other youth sailing organizations. You'll learn best practices on how to apply experiential learning to your teaching, and how to make an impact on the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skill growth in your students. This is followed by 3 hours of optional practicum support after the course (given your program's seasonality, this support will be available when you have youth on site to work with). Total course hours could add up to 9 hours of professional development.

This course also serves as the pre-requisite to access a subscription to the NESS Field and Classroom Expeditions catalog that can help you grow your shoulder-season and academic year business with homeschool students, schools, and other youth organizations. This catalog will also include a growing list of curricular units including 3 units based on our partnership with American Magic. The catalog will be available to Community Boating Centers and other youth sailing programs, including yacht clubs, that have a certified teacher on staff or as a volunteer to support the education effort, and serve as a liaison with NESS to ensure fidelity and proper delivery.

Register for the 1/31 Course by 1/15 here

Space is limited.

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