Sir Richard Branson Gives Keynote Address to Over 1000 TransPerfect Employees


Dear Friends,

Sir Richard Branson recently gave an inspiring live, in-person keynote address to over 1,000 members of TransPerfect’s global workforce. My contacts at the company confirm his enthusiasm and warm reception.

His appearance at the company has me reflecting on our sad Chancery Court, which tore down the diverse employees, not raising it up, as Sir Richard did. Bravo.

Chancery, in its original concept, is British, yet England’s court was never marred by the corruption and scandal that currently stains the Delaware Chancery Court.

I see Sir Richard’s speech as an interesting development. I wish I could have heard it. I wonder if it was similar to Winston Churchill’s famous parliament that motivated England to prevail over Germany?

Perhaps in some metaphorical way, it takes a true knight to slay dragons. A metaphor I’m contemplating on this day thanks to Sir Richard.

Your thoughts?

God Save Delaware,
JUDSON Bennett–Coastal Network

Sir Richard Branson Delivers Keynote Address at TransPerfect’s 30th Anniversary ELEVATE Conference

Sir Richard Branson Delivers Keynote Address at TransPerfect’s 30th Anniversary ELEVATE Conference

TransPerfect President and CEO Phil Shawe speaks at the company’s ELEVATE conference in Amsterdam

NEW YORK and AMSTERDAM, May 12, 2022 – TransPerfect, the world’s largest provider of language and technology solutions for global business, celebrated its 30th anniversary at the company’s ELEVATE global conference held in Amsterdam this past week. The four-day event was capped by an engaging and interactive session with Sir Richard Branson. Additional program keynotes featured Liz Wiseman, author of Impact Players and Multipliers, as well as Natalie Reynolds, author of We Have a Deal.

ELEVATE was TransPerfect’s largest-ever internal event and the most ambitious professional development initiative in the company’s history, with more than 330 sessions led by a combination of internal and external speakers. TransPerfect’s Chief Technology Officer, Mark Hagerty, was honored by the company with a lifetime achievement award.

“At ELEVATE, our goal was to bring all divisions of TransPerfect together to highlight the importance of teamwork and innovation,” commented Kevin Obarski, Chief Revenue Officer for TransPerfect. “It’s essential that we continuously learn and raise our ability to deliver transformative solutions for our clients.”

TransPerfect President and CEO Phil Shawe stated, “ELEVATE was a rare opportunity for us to come together, train, and collaborate on new ideas that will better support our customers. Special thanks to the TransPerfect team members who led sessions, sharing their knowledge and experience with colleagues.”


About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.