About This Episode

Beau shares stories of his 25 years in Marine Intelligence and how he has helped Amazon exceed their initial pledge to hire 25,000 veterans by 2021 that they have now pledged to hire 100,000 by 2024.  He shares tales of his time overseas (Somalia, Bosnia, 3 tours to Iraq, and 3 tours to Afghanistan) as well as words of wisdom that have inspired him throughout his incredible career.

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About Our Guest

From Beau’s alma mater; George Mason University: 
As a Senior Manager on Amazon’s Military Affairs team, Beau is a leader of an organization that is tasked with elevating the cross-company strategic impact, inside and outside of the company, of the considerable investment Amazon has made in the US Military Veteran community. The Military Affairs team is responsible for creating scalable veteran programs, developing policies and strategic planning for military recruiting and outreach efforts, and focusing on hiring, developing and retaining the best and the brightest military talent available for positions within Amazon. Additionally, the Military Affairs team is focused on developing Amazon’s ongoing efforts to increase hiring of diverse Veteran talent, military spouses, and wounded warriors, as well as engaging with multiple Military Support Organizations (MSO’s) to develop pipelines of Veteran talent.

Prior to joining Amazon in 2016, Beau served for 25 years as an intelligence officer with the Marines. This included deployments to Somalia, Bosnia, 3 tours to Iraq, and 3 tours to Afghanistan. He had the privilege to command 1st Reconnaissance Battalion and Headquarters Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. Following his retirement in 2014 he ran operations for a fiber optic cable assembler for 2 years.
Beau has a Masters in Business Administration from George Mason University and a Masters in Military Strategy from the Air War College. He is married to the former Elizabeth McKee of Green Bay, Wisconsin. They have one daughter, and four sons, His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with one gold star and the Combat Action Ribbon. Col Higgins was chosen as the Marine Corps Intelligence Officer of the year in 2002 and received the Marine Corps award for Intelligence writing in 2006.

Read about the pledge to hire 100,000 that Beau mentions in this episode here.

Learn more about Beau (and his amazing jackets!) at digsbylehigs.com and on Social Media