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We could not have had a better kick-off speaker for our 25th anniversary. I am still receiving phone calls and messages from people saying how great [George Tenet's] talk was - he was even better to know and be around.
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George Tenet

CIA Director (1997-2004)

George Tenet, longest serving and one of the most influential CIA directors in history, speaks with amazing insights as he takes us with him to the various regions in the world.

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A Conversation with George Tenet

Former Director of the CIA, George Tenet, sits down for a conversation on a wide-range of issues including:

  • a look at the current global threats to U.S. security and what the future holds for the U.S., our allies and interests around the globe;
  • the actions and motives of national leaders in times of crisis and how they galvanize their people, inspire innovation and revitalize the organizational culture for dramatic results, and;
  • his tenure as one of the most influential and longest-sitting CIA directors in history including life at the CIA where he led the agency through one of the most crisis-filled periods in recent history as it was simultaneously and engaging in three different missions
  • the domestic war on terror and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Meet George Tenet

George Tenet, longest serving and one of the most influential CIA directors in history, speaks with amazing insights as he takes us with him to the various regions in the world.

George Tenet has served the intelligence community in practically every capacity and now, in an intimate and candid conversation format, he provides audiences with a snapshot of the security threats to the U.S., our allies and interests around the globe, the on-going war on terrorism and the actions and motives of national leaders in times of crisis. Audiences will discover how the uncertain times during his CIA tenure helped him forge leadership skills on the world stage, and make tough decisions about the future of U.S. and world security. Tenet puts a human face on the spy business, reminding audiences that success – in any organization – means understanding how to lead and motivate people no matter what the logistical circumstances. He also discusses his insight into today's leaders on the global stage and outlines what democracies must do to protect personal security, infrastructure, governmental processes and private property.

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