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Mark Owen    

Former Navy SEAL & Author of "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden"

Mark Owen is a former Navy SEAL who served his country for 14 years. During his career, he deployed over 13 times in support of combat operations and the GWOT. Owen received his bachelor’s degree in 1998 and upon graduating from college, enlisted in the Navy to pursue his dream of serving his country as a Navy SEAL. Owen graduated as BUDS class 226 “Honor-man” and went on to be stationed at SEAL Team 5. During his first deployment as a Navy SEAL, 9/11 happened, and Owen was among some of the first to be deployed in support of the GWOT. In 2004, Owen completed selection and training to enter the ranks of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Owen continued to volunteer and serve at the tip of the spear throughout his career finally leaving service in 2012. Owen’s military awards include the Silver Star, 5 Bronze Stars with “V”, Purple Heart, Joint Commendation with “V”, Navy Commendation with “V”, Presidential Unit Citation and numerous other awards.

Owen continues his service by serving on the Advisory Board for the GWOT Memorial Foundation as well as advocating for transitioning veterans and helping raise money and awareness for multiple veteran-related charities. Owen is outspoken about the difficulties he and other veterans have faced with the transition out of military service and into the civilian world.

Owen is the author of two New York Times Bestselling books titled; “No Easy Day” and “No Hero”. He is also the Executive Producer of the CBS hit show "SEAL Team” now streaming on Paramount Plus and shares the leadership principles he learned while serving with a multitude of corporate executives and professional athletic organizations.

Owen is committed to helping the entire veteran community and does so without taking any personal credit. He continues to use the pseudonym of Mark Owen and a disguise when doing any press to keep the message focused on the team and not the individual.

Speech Topics

Mark Owen Presentation Overview

Military stories and analogies have long since saturated the corporate and athletic vernacular for the purposes of “rallying the troops” to new performance limits. The practical impact of this subject matter, however, is limited to the credibility of the presenter, his or her ability to convey the information in such a way as to leave actionable and long lasting impact on the audience, and the audience's capacity and willingness to assimilate the information. As a former senior member of one of the most elite of the elite military units in the world Mark has an insurmountable level of credibility matched by his ability to captivate audience members regardless of their social, financial, or professional status amidst any industry. A 14 year veteran of the U.S Navy. The final 8 years of his career spent at the most elite unit in the SEAL teams where he ultimately earned the level of “Team Leader” Mark conducted hundreds of missions throughout 13 distinct combat deployments overseas. Author of the New York Times Bestsellers “No Easy Day: The First Hand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” and “No Hero: The Evolution of a Navy SEAL” the way in which Mark conveys the principles intrinsic to success in military special operations is readily assimilated to enhancing corporate culture and operations.

Main Talking Points

  • Valuable information is conveyed which relates the indoctrinated life lessons learned in a survival based landscape and how those translate to both the most elite level of military special operations as they do to any realm of the corporate world.

  • Overview of BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL Training). One of the most challenging of all military special operations selection courses. Graduating first in his class and how his actions that lead to that outcome are central towards any company in securing the height of their performance.

  • Experiences in the SEAL teams and the process of making it into the most elite unit in the SEAL Teams. How these translate to what could become the indomitable special operations mentality of any professional endeavor.

  • Teamwork: How Mark takes no solitary credit for what he's accomplished. How communication and adaptability are fundamental for building a successful team; and how these qualities transition seamlessly into any conceivable endeavor that involves two or more people. The chain is only as strong as the weakest link and in this way there cannot be a strong enough level of cohesion shared between every single link in the chain/individual in the work place.

  • Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: The key to advancing the self- excluding complacency from the human experience in order to push oneself towards continual advancement. Maintaining relentless momentum in the quest to always optimize performance. Becoming comfortable is as thematically dangerous for any working professional as it the most highly trained unit in military special operations.

  • Shared Sense of Purpose: The fundamental unifying link between members of team which formulates the basis for that team achieving landmark results- together.

  • Prioritize and Eat One Bite at a Time: A unique task management strategy for negotiating the execution of what at might first seem to be an insurmountable challenge

  • Be All In...All the Time: A gambling strategy assimilated into any task towards which an individual directs his/her attention. Rooted in a powerful story told by Mark that began with a special operations leader of his that is no longer with us.

  • Change, Evolve, and Adapt: You are either advancing or declining in your preparation. Remaining the same is no different than going backwards because a competitor out there will advance while you go no where.

  • Relationships/Trust: Each one begets the other. Both are earned, and neither develops by accident. Lead by example while demonstrating consistency in your results based actions. Relationships that are forged in trust are intrinsic to high level teamwork.

  • 3 Foot World: Importance of prioritizing tasks and focusing on the task at hand to the exclusion non-essential factors. All that matters is the mission objective, the means of it's actualization, and what resides within each person's control. All factors outside of the individual's control serve no useful purpose in the accomplishment of the mission.


  • A rare opportunity to advance the operational value of your organization employees based upon principles used by a former team leader of one of the most elite military special operations units in the world.

  • Stories are shared in an effort to impact the audience in such a way as to advance the mindset to an unforeseen level.


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