Jonathan Silk

Jonathan Silk, Ph.D.

Founder and President


Bridge 3 founder Jonathan Silk served as an Army officer in a wide range of leadership and command assignments, to include leading soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. Jonathan was recognized for his ability to develop high performing teams.  In his various command positions, the units he led were recognized for excellence in readiness, training, and performance under incredibly challenging conditions in combat. A decorated veteran, Jonathan was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor and Purple Heart, and is a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. He served as a faculty member at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, before transitioning from the Army in 2015.

He brings lessons from experiences serving as the Executive Director of Leader Development at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) where he oversaw the leader 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.

Jonathan integrates his organizational leadership and team development experience with insights from his Ph.D. research on understanding and improving work team functioning to provide highly effective programs to clients. Bridge 3 clients include individuals, teams, companies, and organizations across a wide range of industries and fields.

Westpoint Cadets
Jonathan & his West Point Cadets
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Why "Bridge 3"

Bridge 3 is a real place in Al Kut, Iraq. In April 2004, I led a Cavalry Scout platoon on a mission to secure the bridge. In the battle that unfolded, the platoon was tested under very adverse conditions against a bigger and well-positioned enemy force. Despite the challenges we faced with the number of soldiers wounded and the amount of damaged equipment, we fought as a team and accomplished our mission. We secured Bridge 3. 

Bridge 3 was founded on the belief that when individuals and teams are developed to perform at their best and collaborate across an organization, they will be ready for whatever comes their way. 

I know this from my experiences leading teams and organizations of various sizes as a U.S. Army Officer in combat environments in Iraq and Afghanistan. This belief guided my research in understanding and improving team functioning within global organizations. This belief guides us in the work we do with our clients who want their teams and workgroups to perform at their best.

Always Ready! 

Dr. Jonathan Silk

Education, Certifications & Professional Affiliations

Jonathan Silk, MBA

Jonathan Silk, Ph.D.
Team & Organizational Development

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