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Michael Brown

Michael Brown

    • Former Under Secretary of Homeland Security, Director of FEMA, Author, Talk Show Host
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Wake up your audience with a keynote address from Michael Brown. Yes, that Michael Brown. Michael has experienced the hilltop and valley in politics and leadership as one of the 100 most influential political persons during the George W. Bush Administration, to Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" title.

Gallup's "Clifton Strengths" identify Michael's key abilities as (a) Individualization, (2) Strategic Thinking; (3) an Activator; (4) Context, and (4) Positivity. Put those strengths to work for your organization.

Your audience will be captivated by the incredible resilience Michael shows, having been an incredibly successful leader to the scourge of the media. He speaks from the heart. What better person to learn the true lessons of leadership than from someone who has experienced the heights of success and the utter despair of failure.

Your audience may think they know the true story of Michael Brown, but they don't. And what they will learn from his presentation will last well beyond the last day of your event. They will take his lessons to heart, and carry those lessons into your organization or association.

Resilience resides within every person, company or organization. The key is learning when and how to dip into that reservoir of resilience to survive any crisis, whether personal or business-related. Michael has had to call upon that well of resilience and has thrived in doing so.

He served as the first Under Secretary of Homeland Security for President George W. Bush from 2003-2005, and as the Director, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Federal Emergency Management Agency, from 2001-2005. He was a member of the White House Consequence Management Committee, comprised of cabinet deputies, following the attacks of 9/11. He chaired the White House Transition Team for Emergency Preparedness & Response, Department of Homeland Security. He also served on the National Security Council's Deputies Committee.

Michael has a unique perspective on homeland security issues since he is the only Presidential appointee to have served in a legacy agency and also on the transition team to create DHS and as an Under Secretary in the newly created cabinet department. National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice and Deputy National Security Advisor Steve Hadley described Michael's participation as particularly critical after the attack of 9/11.

During his tenure in the Bush Administration Michael served as a representative to NATO's Civil Emergency Planning Committee and worked on various matters in Russia, the European Union and its member nations, and throughout Southeast Asia.

Michael appears on national television news programs, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business. He has blogged for The National Journal, written for The Huffington Post and The Daily Caller. He has been an expert for publications such as the Homeland Defense Journal, Crisis Response Journal and others.

The author of Deadly Indifference: The Perfect [Political] Storm Michael poignantly describes the role of politics in a risk-averse society facing natural or manmade disasters. He has traveled around the world speaking on issues of homeland security, crisis management and personal resilience.

He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Michael has been an adjunct professor of law at the OCU School of Law and the University of Denver School of Law where he taught courses on legislation, state and local government, national security.

Currently the host of syndicated The Michael Brown Show he is heard in 38 states from his flagship station 850KOA in Denver and throughout the world on iHeartRadio.com.


Is your organization resilient? Are you resilient? Most people are but don't know how to draw upon that resilience in times of crisis. Resilience is the key component to overcoming a crisis you never anticipated.

Michael Brown has survived both organizational and personal crises. And, he has survived well.

Most organizations believe they are ready to survive any disaster or crisis, whether it's a regulatory rule that impacts your business, or a natural disaster that upends your supply chain. But during that unexpected crisis the ability to draw on that well of resilience gets buried in the onslaught of internal and external factors that keep you or your organization from coming out on top.

Michael has learned the hard way how to draw on resilience. Hear his story of surviving a public onslaught of personal and professional attacks. Learn from his mistakes.

You and your organization will learn how to be resilient and not only survive but thrive after a crisis.



Keep your audience in rapt attention as they hear what happens when an organization is faced with a crisis where nothing works and the whole world is watching.

Every organization may face an expected crisis that tests the very existence of the company. What do you do when that happens and nothing seems to work?

Once villified publicly, but now sought regularly by news organizations and major corporations, Michael Brown describes how to anticipate, react to and survive a crisis that has the potential of destroying any organization.

Hear the gripping details of how to recognize when things aren't working and what you must do to keep your organization afloat and working.

Don't think it won't or can't happen to you? Then ask Michael Brown to speak to your group and see their reaction afterward.

Your employees and coworkers will have a new sense of responsibility and accountability.


"Inside the beltway" is more than a phrase. It's a way of life. It's all about politics - and how things work in the political world.

Unless you've lived inside that bubble, you can't truly comprehend just how crazy or different it is than what's presented in the media. Yes, it is that different.

You can watch all the news you want, read every newspaper, engage on Facebook or Twitter, and read all the pertinent websites, but they won't give you that "insider's view" that Michael Brown delivers.

If your audience wants to understand the latest news story, whether it's from Wall Street to Capitol Hill, you will be enthralled with Michael Brown's insightful, and yes, irreverent, view of what's going on in the DC-New York corridor.

He has lived and breathed it. He's been on the mountaintop; and at the bottom of the cesspool.

So have Michael come to speak to your group about current events or politics.

You'll laugh. You'll cry. But you'll walk away with a different perspective. 



On September 11, 2001, Michael Brown found himself aboard a KC-135 being escorted by fighter jets back to Andrews Air Force Base. Hear his intriguing story of what took place at the White House, the Pentagon, Ground Zero and FEMA in those days afterward.


Most people and organizations become complacent about their plans to survive a cybersecurity attack, a natural or manmade disaster, or a simple but devastating crisis brought on by a regulatory or competitive change.

That complacency is dangerous and can be fatal.

Michael Brown, having served in the highest levels of government, know the ins-and-outs of surviving those disasters. His experience will wake your employees or coworkers out of their slumber of complacency. He will inspire you to rethink how and what you or your organization will do in a time of crisis.

This inspiring presentation on the nature of all forms of crisis and how to survive them will leave your audience rethinking how they do their jobs. It will inspire them to be the very best they can - and to be prepared to use that excellence to survive a disaster or crisis of any kind.

This is not your standard leadership presentation. This is the real world, can happen to you, how-to presentation on surviving a crisis.


The Gallup Organization suggests that the most effective people are those who understand their strengths and behaviors. These people are best able to develop strategies to meet and exceed the demands of their daily lives, careers and their families.

Michael has used Gallup to identify his strengths - (1) Individualization; (2) Strategic Thinking; (3) an Activator; (4) Understanding Context; and, (5) Positivity.

Have Michael change your organization's perspective to focus on their strengths and learn how to actualize those strengths in their personal and professional lives.

You will be riveted by his description of how those strengths carried him through a debilitating public attack by politicians and media. His revival and survival will inspire your team to be their very best - and to survive and thrive in difficult times.

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