Military War Veteran
“Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred.” – Andrew Jackson
Lateef Warnick is a recognized military veteran speaker. Lateef joined the U.S. Navy at the ripe age of 17; two weeks after graduating high school. Funny enough, Lateef only took the ASVAB (military exam) in his senior year in an effort to get out of school early that day. Two weeks later, recruiters from all the services began calling his home.
Lateef ducked and dodged their calls for days before his father encouraged him to at least talk to them. So Lateef immediately narrowed his options down to the Air Force and Navy as his top options. He first met with the Air Force recruiter who showed off his vehicle and made lots of verbal promises but was limited in his ability to put those items in writing.
The navy recruiter expressed to Lateef that he scored well on his ASVAB and wanted him to take another exam called the NQT (Nuclear Qualification Test). Lateef did as requested and performed well on this exam as well. The navy recruiter then informed Lateef that he could map out an entire career for him. Lateef would enter the navy at the highest enlisted rank possible (E-3) Seaman. He would go on to become the Master At Arms during bootcamp (the second in command) of his company. After successfully completing bootcamp, he would start the Navy’s toughest curriculum program in the Nuclear Engineering Program; a roughly two-year program study of physics, chemistry, sciences and nuclear engineering.
Within 3 months of completing bootcamp and then Machinist Mate School, he would get promoted to Petty Officer Third-Class (E-4). He would successfully complete Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Prototype and be promoted once again to Petty Officer Second-Class (E-5) all within roughly two years. He would receive orders to an aircraft carrier, the U.S. Roosevelt during the first Persian Gulf Conflict, Desert Storm. Lateef would shortly thereafter find out that he was accepted to BOOST a Naval Officer Commissioning Program.
Lateef would go on to get his Bachelor’s Degree from Savannah & Armstrong State Universities, get accepted into the Navy’s Pilot Program, Supply Corp and ultimately serve 10 years altogether. He would gain many lessons, experiences and stories during his service along with great stories in leadership!
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“Lateef is a wonderful writer and spiritual leader. He is on a mission to bring spiritual guidance to the world through his books and website.”
“I had the opportunity to get to know Lateef as a member of the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals. As President of this great organization, I had the opportunity to interact with active members of the organization. Lateef was a member that participated in many of the professional development workshops and always willing to assist and lead different activities. Lateef was a member that you can count on to make a difference and always be counted on for community service activities. It was a pleasure to have Lateef as an active member of the Urban League family.”
William Bryant JrPerformance Coach/External Consultant
“I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with Mr. Warnick while attending Savannah State University. We were both members of the Navy ROTC Unit. I had the opportunity to being exposed to his great leadership, integrity & administrative ability.”
Rochelle Mack-TateSocial Worker
“Lateef is a pioneer and his work embodies the core of Jesuit/Ignatian spirituality: “Finding God in All Things.” While many of us will compartmentalize our professional and personal lives, Lateef is working to integrate supporting both individuals and groups to integrate every aspect of their lives so that each person is a channel for the divine.”
Frank DeVitoSpiritual & Educational Entrepreneur
“Lateef possesses a phenomenal intellect that has served him well in all endeavors.”
Capt Godfrey WeekesLand Attack Dept Officer
“I’ve known Lateef since we were students at Savannah State University. He and I served as midshipmen at the Universities’ Naval ROTC unit, where he served as a constant motivator for me and the other student leaders. Occasionally, Lateef would also tutor me on especially difficult mathematics concepts. Through his selfless dedication to me and the other NROTC midshipmen, Lateef displayed his caring leadership, attention to detail, tireless work ethic and dependability. Lateef is a real team player, leader and mentor. He would make an excellent member of any leadership team.”
Daniel KalsonProgram Specialist
“I am happy to recommend Lateef for any work that your organization needs. He is well versed at management issues, multi-talented, positive, energetic, and an excellent problem solver. His mind moves quickly and thinks of important solutions that will not only get the task done earlier but done in an innovative manner. Hire him today for any consulting projects in editorial, social media, or even engineering needs–he is well versed in many backgrounds!”
Tim KaviFreelance Writer
“Lateef Warnick promotes openness, diversity and tolerance, but more importantly the appreciation of good qualities in others. Paradoxical as it may sound, I think Lateef has managed to combine and connect his business and financial skills, and to some extent, his military training to create something much bigger, but also much more fundamental – a spiritual grounding! Lateef as a result of this spiritual wellness through his Concept YOUtopia & 1 S.O.U.L forum, encourages others to share their spiritual experiences, beliefs and insights thus promoting openness and diversity.”
“Lateef is an enthusiastic, friendly and qualified person whose energy is infectious. He knows what he wants and is willing to achieve that goal. He has a background of hard work and training and his ambition and discipline will not only achieve what he seeks but will help everyone he works with. He is destined for great things.”
Dr Derek LamarDirector
“Lateef is a self starter! He is definitely a man who wears many hats. Lateef is an accomplished author who has a special gift when it comes to motivating people. I am proud of the fact that I have crossed paths with such an outstanding individual.”
Fred Ogletree MBADirector
“Lateef is an amazing professional. He operates with a very high work ethic putting in the time to provide consistently high quality. I most value his willingness to be flexible and do whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Marlon AndrewsBusiness Management
“As a Christian, I’m a practitioner of Indian yoga and Buddhist mindfulness meditation. In addition, I’ve spent many years observing and participating in the ceremonies of the Ojibwe Uti and Lakota tribes. I’m also a lifelong student of comparative religion and philosophy. This gives me a good background to evaluate Lateef’s knowledge of spiritual disciplines like Yoga. He has a good overall knowledge of spiritual practices, metaphysics, new thought and mysticism. I believe his spiritual background and knowledge, as well as his previous Navy and business backgrounds, give him much insight and expertise to be the CEO of his current spiritual social network.”
Randy KempB2B Technology Writer