Inspire. Energize. Change.
Introducing Aaron Brown, a high energy speaker who can inspire and motivate your team towards success through his incredible leadership and resiliency stories.
High Risk Decision-Making...When Leadership Counts.
Why do some high risk / high reward situations lead to a diffusion of leadership responsibility and disaster, while others reveal leadership greatness and success beyond expectations?
Aaron discusses the lessons he learned throughout his career, and as part of some of the most notable leadership stories of his generation. He participated in both CIA’s greatest modern disaster, the Khowst Base bombing that killed 7 CIA officers, and CIA's greatest modern success, the Usama bin Laden operation.
Based on his first-hand experiences, Aaron explores why despite many of the same CIA leaders being involved in both operations the outcomes were dramatically different. The principles that led to these opposing outcomes are as applicable in the business world as they are in the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan–Aaron's thoughts here go beyond theory, as he’s operated in both.
Aaron most recently discussed this topic during an interview with National Geographic TV, airing fall 2022.
Technology, Tracking, and Surveillance: The End of Secrecy.
We now live in a world in which it is possible for every action or inaction to be cataloged, analyzed, and tracked. Not only does this include our digital actions in the online environment, but also our analog actions in the real world. What if a competitor knew every move you made, or didn’t make, even those you wanted to hide? Massive digital surveillance can now tie a coffee between two CEOs to a future merger, or the travel of a financial team to a major investment interest. With the explosion of digital surveillance technology and cheap computing power, a single hobbyist with a MacBook can glean such insights…a committed competitor, with funds to deploy, can go much further. And it’s not just competitors. As critical commercial technologies, like AI/ML, 5G, semiconductors, and biotech become fully intertwined with national security interests, governments will be highly incentivized to track anyone who interacts with these sensitive sectors.
Aaron uses approachable examples, real-life espionage stories, and humor to discuss technology, tracking, and surveillance in a way that captures the attention of the novice and expert alike. Attendees of his talks come away better informed about the risks to their businesses and their personal privacy, and with an understanding of what the future holds. Secrecy will never be the same.
Aaron spoke on this topic at the 2019 Intelligence Community Innovation Summit, following CIA's Deputy Director as a keynote speaker. The Summit's organizer called Aaron's talk the most engaging and informative of the entire summit.
Optimism and Resiliency: Underappreciated Traits for Success.
Setbacks, failures, and losses are part of any personal or professional journey. Almost every fortune 500 company or billion-dollar start-up faced multiple existential crisis along the road to success. What set these companies and their leaders apart was their ability to stay the course in the face of otherwise daunting challenges. Two traits are more important than any others in such circumstances: optimism and resiliency.
Throughout his professional life Aaron has cultivated these traits himself, such as during Ranger School, the military's toughest leadership course, and worked alongside some America's greatest leaders who embody these traits. In his talk Aaron shows how these traits can help leaders overcome nearly any challenge, and he'll explain why there is no magic in their adoption and practice.
Each of Aaron's talks is available virtually and is delivered from a professional multimedia studio.
Rather than deliver a Zoom version of a stage talk, Aaron adapts his talks for video and has honed his virtual delivery to ensure audience engagement and interaction.
After attending one of his virtual talks, a fortune 50 company commented that they intended to adjust their entire virtual training program to align with Aaron's style.
Awareness is a skill and it can be learned. As an expert in situational awareness, Aaron talks about how to increase one's awareness ability, how to better observe one's environment, and what do to in a crisis. This talk covers everything from effective stress breathing to personal safety practices.
Conflict resolution is both the hardest and most important skill that one needs in life. Conflict resolution is integral to our interpersonal and professional relationships. Aaron has helped resolve conflicts as a police officer in kitchens and as a diplomat on the international stage.
Failure Stories: The Best Leadership Lessons
Every great leader will tell you their most important lessons did not come from their success but rather from their failures. Aaron has had many failures of his own from which to share insight, but he also draws on lessons learned from the failures of the great leaders he served with over the last 25 years.