Michael D Brown
Michael 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, 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. You can read their letter below. During his tenure in the Bush Administration Michael served as a representative to NATO's Civil Emergency Planning Committee. He worked on various matters in Russia, the European Union and its member nations, and throughout Southeast Asia. He has appeared on all major national television news programs, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel. He is a regular contributor to Newsmax TV's The Hard Line seen on Newsmax. 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. He has been quoted several times on the nationally-syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show. Michael is the author of Deadly Indifference: The Perfect [Political] Storm in which he poignantly describes the role of politics in a risk-averse society facing natural or man-made 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, and national security. POPULAR TOPICS: > RESILIENCE & LEADERSHIP - WHAT YOU & YOUR ORGANIZATION NEED TO KNOW 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 amid 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. > AN INSIDER'S INSIGHTFUL & IRREVERENT VIEW OF TODAY'S CURRENT EVENTS & POLITICS "Inside the beltway" is more than a phrase. It's a way of life. It's all about the politics - and how things really 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 speak to your group about current events or politics. You'll laugh. You'll cry. But you'll walk away with a different perspective. Politics and current events will never be the same for your audience. > AN INSIDER'S VIEW OF 9/11 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 afterwards. > DISASTER COMES IN ALL FORMS - CYBER, NATURAL, MANMADE. HOW DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SURVIVE? RESILIENCE. Most people and organizations become complacent about their plans to survive a cybersecurity attack, a natural or man-made 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 real world, can happen to you, how-to presentation on surviving a crisis. > WHEN THE WHEELS COME OFF 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 vilified 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 afterwards. Your employees and coworkers will have a new sense of responsibility and accountability. > CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS Michael will customize a presentation for your audience. A tailor made presentation, followed by a Q&A session, may be best for your needs. Your company may be facing or has gone through an episode which needs to be specifically addressed on how to respond and react. Michael will customize the presentation to your specific issues, giving your audience concrete and tangible solutions. 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Michael's presentation and presence had truly enriched the whole experience.
Michael Brown came to our ‘Floodfighters Conference’ in the UK and immediately engaged with the delegates on the issues that he faced during the “Hurricane Katrina” period. This major International Conference on the strategic and tactical matters involved in flood and disaster response, at Warwick University, UK, whose audience was predominantly from the First Responder background, HM Government and senior strategic UK managers was highly challenging and eager for information on such a catastrophic event. Mr. Brown gave a hugely honest direct presentation that delved into the facts surrounding the Hurricane Katrina disaster, which facilitated greater understanding of the events during which the audience warmed and responded to Michael’s clear presentation and style. He didn’t move away from either difficult topics or challenging questions, of which there were a high number, in his presentation or answers and handled all the issues with grace, reasoned answers and great warmth and charm.
Many afterwards commented on their new found respect for Mr. Brown to have traveled so far and face such a knowledgeable and professional audience with such aplomb and dignity. Our audience made it very clearly known that his presentation and presence had truly enriched the whole experience.
He gave our audience incredible insight...
Michael spoke at our Constitution Week and the audience was enthralled. Not only was he on point and met our expectations, his Q&A session was remarkable. He gave our audience incredible insight into government, politics and most importantly, his own personal experience. He held nothing back.
He was one of the best received speakers we have ever had.
Michael Brown was the keynote speaker at our annual conference held in Newport, RI. He was one of the best received speakers we have ever had. He knew his audience and connected with them immediately. Michael was direct and to the point and was very candid about lessons learned, the value of communications and the importance of preparedness. I would highly recommend Michael Brown to speak to any corporation or organization.