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Scott O'Grady’s story of courage, resilience, and patriotism captivated the nation and inspired the world. His account of his incredible struggle to survive in the hostile territory of war-torn Bosnia enthralls audiences. O’Grady explains the unwavering faith—in God, in country, in being rescued and reunited with his family—that got him through an unimaginable ordeal. And he shares the lessons—on leadership, on teambuilding, and on overcoming obstacles—that he’s taken from behind enemy lines to civilian life.

Since his return from a six-day, life-and-death ordeal after his F-16 was shot down over Bosnia, Scott O’Grady has helped countless individuals and organizations learn how to adapt, change, and succeed even in the most challenging of circumstances. He has demonstrated how Fortune 500 companies can employ the lessons that helped him survive to build resilient teams, take decisive action, and demonstrate strong leadership. Audiences walk away from O’Grady’s riveting presentations with the knowledge they need to overcome obstacles and succeed, both personally and professionally.

Kelley brings an authentic and real-life perspective on leadership, motivation, adversity, teamwork, success and perseverance, drawn from her journey from a small town in Georgia to Stanford University and her ultimate ascension as one of the best and most versatile players in the history of the USWNT.

Kelley inspires audiences of all ages, groups and profession. Whether sharing stories of her successes or adversity along the way, she engages audiences with an intellectual yet down to earth sensibility giving a glimpse of what it takes to be a professional athlete – a life on the road and in the headlines. 

Soccer has taken Kelley all over the world and she has had tremendous success at every level, culminating with the World Cup Trophy in 2015 and the Olympic gold medal in 2012. She is a great personality to highlight your next event.

As the first generation of professional athletes with social media, Kelley provides insight into life in the limelight where her every move is recorded (tweeted, snapped, instagrammed, etc.) and discussed. In this candid conversation, Kelley shares how she deals with trolls, bullying, and trying to maintain privacy in a very public world.

Governor Martin O’Malley draws on his experiences as governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore offering his unique insights on a wide range of topics impacting Americans today, including:

  • The 2016 race for the White House: Lessons learned, behind-the-scenes anecdotes from the campaign trail, and both the challenges and opportunities that face the future of our country 
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in the information age
  • The threats and opportunities of both national and global cybersecurity issues and how we can prepare the next generation with the right skills
  • The environment, clean water, and opportunities for businesses in the face of climate change
  • Current events, public safety, the future of education, health care reform, the economy, open data and immigration reform

Through the stories, wisdom, talents and commitment of others, Governor Martin O’Malley learned to forge a new way of governing as both mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland. O’Malley understands that leadership has changed from top-level hierarchy to the center of a collaborative circle, and that the public now often learns information just as fast – if not prior – to leaders today. Enabled by new technologies such as geographic information systems, common platforms and the Internet, O’Malley successfully recaptured the trust of the citizens of Baltimore and subsequently the state of Maryland. One of his first actions as governor was to implement the same CitiStat system he used to manage Baltimore. CitiStat received the “Innovations in Government” award by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. This new way of governing has now spread to cities and towns all across the United States and is a model for improving the quality of life shared by all and a promise of a more effective way of governing at every level of our government—local, state and federal.



Governor Martin O'Malley shares his experience as governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore presenting his insights into reducing health care costs and implementing next-generation reforms. Under his data-driven leadership, Maryland exceeded its goals and expanded reliable and quality health care coverage to over 700,000 Marylanders—nearly a third of them children. 


Eric's story of acting to take control of any situation and excel, not just succeed, takes place in the center of the FBI’s most important espionage investigation. Imagine being locked in a room for eight hours a day with the most ruthless and damaging spy in United States history. Imagine feeling unqualified and outgunned, knowing that the country depends on you to succeed despite the fact that no one has provided the means to do so. My story is not just an edge of your seat spy thriller. It is a story about discovering tools for success inside oneself by setting small goals that lead to big accomplishments until finally, through courage, confidence and determination, victory is achieved.

Mitigating risk is one of the most challenging tasks that leaders at companies face at every level. With rapidly changing and unprecedented threats increasing in the cyber domain alone, globalization, with all of its benefits, has also fostered higher levels of uncertainty in businesses operating today more so now than ever before. In this presentation, audiences will not only be captivated by General Raymond Odierno’s remarks but will also gain valuable insight as he navigates these growing challenges and offers attendees fresh perceptions on topics from increasing cybersecurity threats to impactful and proven risk-management strategies drawn from an impressive career. With decades of experience serving in roles abroad, Odierno is keenly qualified to discuss the current geopolitical environment and the global economic landscape. His presentation is customized as appropriate to your industry and to suit the specific needs of your audience.

A proven leadership expert with a remarkable track record of success, General Raymond Odierno draws on broad experiences from a lifetime of service, most recently as the chief of staff of the United States Army, to divulge a wealth of knowledge to his audience. He is able to explore the topics most integral to the needs of your attendees—from the requisites of disciplined, organized structure and focus to valuable proficiencies concerning risk, crisis management and negotiation. Attendees will benefit from Odierno’s talk as he shares anecdotes and lessons learned from an extraordinary career, describing in detail what he believes are the key practices for successful execution of a vision under any circumstance. He also explores what it takes to not only succeed in a single mission but to consistently and effectively evolve triumphantly as a leader over time.

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