Jonathan Silk

Jonathan Silk

Founder and President


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Bridge 3 founder Jonathan Silk is an experienced organizational leader and organizational leadership coach and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, with a proven record of leading and developing organizations to perform at higher levels and improve their overall effectiveness.

He integrates his organizational leadership experiences with insight from his doctoral research at Pepperdine University to provide highly effective programs to Bridge 3 clients. Jonathan has expertise in team dynamics, leadership coaching, design thinking, organizational leadership and development, learning technology, and corporate training.

As a U.S. Army Officer, Silk established a record of high performance leading small and mid-size organizations in complex, volatile, and dynamic environments. In his various command positions, the units he led were recognized for excellence in readiness, training, and performance under incredibly challenging conditions in combat.

Westpoint Cadets
Jonathan & his West Point Cadets

Jonathan brings lessons from his experience serving as the Executive Director of Leader Development at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) where he oversaw the leadership development and design thinking programs for faculty, staff, and students to prepare members of the UNTHSC team to lead effectively in higher education and collaborative healthcare team environments. He also served as a faculty member in the Center for the Advancement of Leader Development and Organizational Learning at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY before transitioning from the Army.


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Team Coaching Sessions

A decorated veteran, Jonathan was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor and Purple Heart, along with numerous individual, team, and organization awards during his 28 years of service. He is a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. Jonathan’s military experience includes leading in U.S. Army Infantry, Cavalry, and Armor units in a wide range of leadership and command assignments, to include leading soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea.

As an organizational leadership coach and consultant, Jonathan partners with individuals and teams to recognize their full potential through coaching and training. Coupling his knowledge of leader development with his leadership experience, he works with his clients to improve their performance as leaders on both a personal and organizational level. Clients include individuals, teams, companies, and organizations across a wide range of industries and fields.


Jonathan Silk

Why "Bridge 3"

I know from experience that with the right leadership and mindset in place, your team, your innovators, your organization has the potential to become a high-performing, creative and innovative powerhouse.

How do I know this? Through my studies and research, yes, but honestly this knowledge came from living through a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous situation in the vicinity of the Tigris River in southeastern Iraq.

That is where strong, decentralized, adaptable leadership rapidly developed a creative and innovative solution that led to the achievement of my unit’s objectives and accomplishment of its mission despite the incredible odds against us.

It was there on “Bridge 3” on April 9, 2004, where I led my U.S. Army Cavalry Scout Platoon through a massive firefight.

This experience, along with other successive similar ones, is in fact the driving force behind Bridge 3 and my newfound mission to develop organizational leaders who EMPOWER ACTION.

Toujours Prêt. Always Ready! ~ Jonathan


Education, Certifications and Professional Affiliations

Jonathan Silk, MBA

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Perspective on Leadership

I have been fortunate to have been developed by some outstanding leaders who took a generational approach to my development by guiding me to lead, learn, and develop others with an eye for future generations.

I bring an intense desire to develop others and help them discover the inspiration that fuels their desire to lead. I have a passion for learning and by drawing on my extensive leadership and academic experiences I help develop programs and solutions to fit clients needs.

As a combat veteran I know that leadership can be challenging. The best plans change; communications are misunderstood; and people behave in all sorts of unexpected ways under stress.

This article and this blog post share a vivid glimpse of leading in dynamic and dangerous environments. These life experiences influence my approach to being a leader, coaching and developing other leaders.

– Jonathan Silk