- Women in Leadership
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Information Technology
Audience & Industry
- Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
- Senior Management Groups
Whether it is unpacking a complex national security challenge like North Korea, assessing how cyber and other new technologies are transforming the global security landscape, explaining national defense strategies, or assessing the effectiveness of U.S. counterterrorism efforts since 9/11, Michèle Flournoy breaks down the most difficult international challenges facing the country and puts them in a broader strategic context, distilling lessons for today’s leaders.
Michèle Flournoy, the highest-ranking woman to have served as a Senate-confirmed Presidential appointee in the Pentagon, is known for her strategic insights, clear and candid analysis, and leadership experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Woven into her talks are personal anecdotes and lessons learned from her time serving as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense and as a regular member of the National Security Council “Deputies Committee” – from what it was like to be in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden to how an environment that welcomes debate and dissent can help a President make better decisions. As one of the highest-ranking women in national security, she can also speak to the experiences of women as they seek to excel and lead in historically male-dominated sectors. As a successful entrepreneur, she draws from her experience as the co-founder of both a top bipartisan think tank and a new strategic advisory firm to offer insights on how to build mission-centered organizations with a collaborative high-performance culture, and a reputation for excellence and impact.
Flournoy appears frequently in national and international media, including CNN’s State of the Union, ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press, BBC News, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and PBS’ News Hour and Charlie Rose, and is frequently quoted in top tier news outlets. She has edited several books and authored dozens of reports and articles on a broad range of defense and national security issues. She also serves on the boards of several corporations and major non-profits.
Michèle Flournoy's Speech Topics
Women in Leadership
Leadership Lessons Learned: Effectively Managing Dynamic Organizations
Innovation and National Security in a Time of Technological Change
Foreign Policy in the Trump Era
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U.S. Secretary of Defense (2013–2015); U.S. Senator (1997–2009); Co-founder, Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc.