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Top 10 Crisis Management Speakers

Karen Viotti
Monday, Mar 09, 2020

Who are the Top Crisis Management Speakers?

The spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has reinforced the importance of being prepared for contingencies with emergency preparedness plans, both in your professional and personal lives. Proactive preparation, whether it be for coronavirus, natural disaster, or any other emergency is vital to keep your business and your brand going strong no matter what obstacles you encounter.

These keynote speakers are thought leaders and experts on crisis management. They can help you make sure you are prepared for the next crisis, have an adequate response time, consistent communication, and overall plan for addressing your business needs.

2020103155132Melissa-Agnes-Headshotsquare.jpg (7 KB)Melissa Agnes

Melissa Agnes is a sought-after international crisis management keynote speaker. She travels the world speaking to organizations and audiences including NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Foreign Defense, Ministries of Health, as well as a wide range of private and public companies, universities and non-profit organizations. In her keynotes, Melissa Agnes provides an applicable roadmap for helping you build an invincible brand through effective communication, issue management, and crisis readiness, resulting in increased organizational trust, credibility, and goodwill.

2020103155521Kevin-Briggssquare.jpg (7 KB)Kevin Briggs

Sergeant Kevin Briggs is a former California Highway Patrol officer who convinced hundreds of people who were contemplating suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge into coming back over the rail and giving life another chance. These challenging, but rewarding efforts earned him the nickname “Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge.” Kevin works with audiences using the RELEASE Model for working with individuals in distress or a crisis, and on Developing a Crisis Safety Plan.

20190710182532Flynn-Headshot-2-cropped.jpg (1.27 MB)Carol Rollie Flynn

Carol Rollie Flynn is the President-Elect of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a premier think tank that produces the highest quality scholarship and nonpartisan policy analysis in the areas of national security and international affairs. In her presentations, Flynn explores the key attributes and practices of effective leaders in crisis situations.  Drawing on her experiences as a CIA Chief of Station, Ms. Flynn relates fascinating anecdotes from her clandestine career to demonstrate the best practices and pitfalls of crisis leadership.  

2019155230145Craig-Fugate-Headshot1a.jpg (13 KB)Craig Fugate

Craig Fugate began his emergency management career as a volunteer firefighter, Emergency Paramedic, and finally as a Lieutenant with the Alachua County Fire Rescue. Eventually, he moved from exclusive fire rescue operations to serving as the Emergency Manager for Alachua County in Gainesville, Florida. He spent a decade in that role until May 1997 when he was appointed Bureau Chief for Preparedness and Response for FDEM. In 2004, Craig Fugate managed the largest federal disaster response in Florida history as four major hurricanes impacted the state in quick succession (Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne). Mr. Fugate’s primary speech topic is aptly titled “Seven Deadly Sins of Emergency Management.”

2020103155608C-J-Huff-headshot-square.jpg (10 KB)CJ Huff

C.J. Huff served as the superintendent of Joplin Schools from July 2008 through June, 2015. C.J. understands how teamwork, leadership and a focus on the future can help overcome any challenge.  In this presentation, he shares his remarkable story of leadership, relationships, and resiliency that kept children at the center of the recovery effort after the Joplin Tornado that ripped through their community in 2011.

2020103155737Thomas-Asquare.jpg (6 KB)Thomas Kolditz

General Kolditz is an internationally recognized expert on crisis leadership and leadership in extreme contexts, and in the development of programs to inculcate leadership and leader development in everything from project teams to large organizations. Kolditz shows how extreme life-and-death situations can offer profound lessons for leaders in any setting. His research reveals that the leadership skills and principles evident in dangerous settings also apply to leading in business and everyday life, making this program applicable to both personal and professional success.

2020103155902Lublin1square.jpg (6 KB)Nancy Lublin

Founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line, social entrepreneur Nancy Lublin harnesses people, technology, and data to change the world. While many operate in traditional models of outreach and management, Lublin breaks them. She turns her new and effective solutions into some of today’s most innovative and disruptive nonprofits and social movements, which is why Fortune named her one of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders.”

2020023191511MikeMassimino-square.jpg (90 KB)Mike Massimino

Mike Massimino’s second spaceflight was the final Space Shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. On that mission, Mike was tasked with the most complicated spacewalk ever attempted: the in-space repair of a delicate scientific instrument inside of the telescope. A major miscue during that spacewalk nearly led to failure. But the ground control team and the astronauts in space worked together to come up with an innovative solution that saved the day and the mission. Mike explains how although not every problem has an obvious solution, preparation and innovation can help us with overcoming unforeseen challenges and adapting to change.

2020103160045Joel-Selanikiosquare.jpg (7 KB)Joel Selanikio

Dr. Selanikio, as a former CDC outbreak investigator, and a veteran of the Ebola outbreaks, is well-suited to speak to audiences about the current outbreak of coronavirus. He is an award-winning physician, TED speaker, inventor, emergency responder, and consultant working in the fields of technology, healthcare, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, social innovation, big data, child health, and disaster response.

2019307123100Sam-Silverstein-Headshot-ESB-2019-square.jpg (57 KB)Sam Silverstein

As the founder of the Accountability Movement™, Sam Silverstein brilliantly lays out the relationship between what we value and what we can control and illuminates the strategies, mindsets, and tools necessary to eliminate excuses from our personal and professional lives. Accountability is a way of thinking. It is how we think about ourselves and others. Audiences walk away from a Sam Silverstein keynote with highly effective tools to build trust, enhance engagement, cultivate more meaningful relationships, and truly come together as a cohesive team.


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