PenFed Foundation Invests in Speakers Bureau for Veterans, Entrepreneurs and Leaders

Posted December 03 2018
by Media Relations

TYSONS Va., Dec. 3, 2018 – Through its Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program, the PenFed Foundation is investing in a speakers bureau to be co-owned by U.S. Army Master Sergeant (Ret.) Cedric King, a paraplegic wounded warrior who has transformed himself into a marathon runner and motivational speaker.

“The PenFed Foundation licensed its good name to this new speakers bureau bringing together the best and brightest speakers who have unique stories to share,” said PenFed Foundation CEO James Schenck. “The PenFed Foundation Speakers Bureau will feature military heroes like Cedric King, who inspires all of us to ‘dominate from the heart.’ The speakers bureau will also highlight innovative leaders from different walks of life—from brilliant entrepreneurs, to successful corporate executives, to powerful public servants.”

The PenFed Foundation is funding the speakers bureau. This investment is the second in the PenFed Foundation’s Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program, which provides Veteran-owned start-ups with seed capital to build and grow their businesses. The program’s goal is to create a robust support network to help Veteran entrepreneurs succeed.

“The PenFed Foundation has the network and the drive to amplify speakers’ important messages,” said Schenck. “We can help our speakers reach target audiences across America.”

King will lead the PenFed Foundation Speakers Bureau both as a speaker and a recruiter. In 2012, during his second tour in Afghanistan, MS King lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device. MS King applied the same determined mindset to his recovery that led to his success as an elite Army Ranger.

Just 21 months after his crippling injuries, King completed the Boston Marathon running on prosthetic blades. He has gone on to compete in even more physically daunting events, including a 70.3-mile half Ironman Triathlon. King shares his inspirational story with audiences across America, including Fortune 500 companies, schools, churches, and the National Football League. Just as King led and motivated men in combat, he now leads and motivates others to see new possibilities in their own lives.

About the PenFed Foundation

Founded in 2001, the PenFed Foundation is a national nonprofit organization committed to helping members of our military community secure their financial future. It provides service members, Veterans, their families and support networks with the skills and resources they need to improve their lives through programs on financial education, credit-building, home ownership, and short-term assistance. Affiliated with PenFed Credit Union, the Foundation has the resources to effectively reach military communities across the nation, build strong partnerships, and engage a dedicated corps of volunteers in its mission. The credit union funds the Foundation’s personnel and most operational costs, demonstrating its strong commitment to the programs the Foundation provides. To learn more, visit