THROUGH DEEP APPLIED CREATIVITY™, WE EMPOWER OUR PARTNERS TO ANSWER THEIR MOST CHALLENGING PROBLEMS AND TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT WHERE THEY ARE, WHERE THEY'RE GOING, AND THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE...

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RL LEADERS 

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We empower leaders and decision-makers at every organizational level to solve complex problems and break through barriers to innovation. For example, we have worked with DARPA on the future of human-data interface, with the Department of Defense to raise awareness about IEDs, and with the Department of Homeland Security to Counter Violent Extremism in American cities.
We offer creative, disruptive thinking via Applied Creative Thinking (ACT) and have a unique ability to convene ENTERTAINMENT, NATIONAL SECURITY, and EMERGING TECHNOLOGY experts, with the goal of identifying and implementing solutions.

RL Leaders is a leadership and management consulting firm that cultivates a network of ENTERTAINMENT, NATIONAL SECURITY and EMERGING TECHNOLOGY experts, applying diverse creative strategies that provide you with INNOVATION-ON-DEMAND.

We empower leaders and decision-makers at every organizational level to solve complex problems and break through barriers to innovation. We have worked with DARPA on the future of human-data interface, with the Department of Defense to raise awareness about IEDs, and with the Department of Homeland Security to Counter Violent Extremism in American cities.

We love solving problems. And we do it well. We are most effective when addressing problems on a clock—where failure to solve something quickly puts lives and institutions at risk. We care about the world and want to make it better. 

 
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TEAM

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The executive team of RL Leaders has over 100 years of experience in government, national security, military affairs and emerging technologies, bringing an unrivaled ability to convene and lead the best and brightest minds from all sectors in an unparalleled deployment of intel, insight, and innovation-on-demand.


 

JOHN ROGERS

FOUNDER

With more than 25 years of experience in politics, public policy, business and government affairs, Rogers is one of the architects behind engaging government with the entertainment industry to bring creative ideas and unique insight to issues of national security.  Rogers is a cofounding partner of RL Leaders who brings a keen sense of understanding as to where collaboration will be most effective in unlocking conventional thinking and finding solutions for government and business applications. He spends a considerable amount of time working on how to apply different technologies and research vectors to policy challenges. Rogers has a deep understanding of Congress, the Executive branch and Defense policy issues having served as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, a Congressional staff aide, manager of numerous political campaigns, advisor to politicians and celebrities and head of a Government Affairs firm. John has been an active member of Vistage/TEC for 5 years. He is a member of several non-profit and business boards and an avid painter who lives in Wisconsin, spending his time in LA and Washington DC.

 
 
 
 
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BRIAN LAYER

PRESIDENT

Brian Layer served over 30 years in the United States Army and retired as a Brigadier General. During his Army career, he served in a variety of assignments culminating as the Army Chief of Transportation and Commandant of the Army Transportation School and Center. He has directed both global sustainment and surface distribution operations for the Army and twice commanded a brigade in Iraq.  He had command assignments in the 5th Special Forces Group, 101st Airborne Division, and 3rd Infantry Division. Layer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA from Michigan State University, an MS in Military Arts and Science from the Army School of Advanced Military Service, and an MS in National Resource Policy from the National Defense University. Layer’s military awards and decorations include among others, the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, Special Forces Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

 
 
 
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ERIK OKSALA

MANAGING DIRECTOR

In his more than 15 years in and around Washington, DC, Erik Oksala has been involved with campaigns, state government issues, nonprofit coalition building, and federal client representation within the political affairs arena.  Oksala is also the co-architect of the Applied Creative Thinking curriculum developed for the US national security community to train intelligence analysts and operators on enhancing alternative critical thinking skills. Prior to his partner role at RL Leaders, Oksala was a Partners at the government affairs and strategic consulting group Capstone National Partners.  Earlier in his career, he was appointed  Director of Federal – State Relations under Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, in which Oksala managed all aspects of the Governor’s Federal legislative agenda. Oksala received his BA in Political Science, with a concentration in Public Policy, from Goucher College in 1999. He and his family reside in Washington, DC.

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