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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"

After graduating high school in 1994, Owen enrolled at Biola University, a small Christian college near Los Angeles, where he studied social sciences.

One of his former professors, Dave Peters, said that he had fond memories of Owen and that the two attended the same church.

Five months after graduating from Biola in 1998, Owen enlisted in the Navy, according to Katie Suich, a spokeswoman for the Navy Personnel Command. The following spring, he headed to basic underwater demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, Calif.

He spent four years with a SEAL team in California before transferring to a Virginia Beach-based unit in 2004. Two years later, he was assigned to a different Beach-based SEAL team, where he stayed until leaving the service in the spring, Navy records show.

According to his book, "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden" (2012), the unit was SEAL Team 6, the top-secret team tapped to carry out the bin Laden mission.

Most information about the elite unit - formally known as Naval Special Warfare Development Group - is classified, but the team's exploits have increasingly been the focus of media attention.

Speech Topics

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 nowhere.

•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.


Who Shot Bin Laden? A Tale of Two SEALs

Two different alumni of SEAL Team Six, the secretive group of highly trained warriors that killed Osama bin Laden three years ago, have been profiting off their role in the terror leader's death since leaving the military.

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