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Michael D. Brown              

Former Under Secretary of Homeland Security, Director of FEMA, & Talk Show Host

Michael Brown 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 and also 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.

During his tenure in the Bush Administration Michael served as a representative to NATO's Civil Emergency Planning Committee and worked on various matters in Russia, the European Union and its member nations, and throughout Southeast Asia.

He has appeared on national television news programs, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business. 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.

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 manmade 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, national security.

Currently the host of syndicated The Michael Brown Show he is heard throughout Colorado on from his flagship station 630KHOW in Denver and throughout the United States on iHeartRadio.com.


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The entire world is watching you feeling anger, frustration, bewilderment and yes, even sympathy. But as the kleiglights of the television cameras and the invasiveness of the microphones invade, how does one survive the abandonment, the hatred and the feeling of any ability to control circumstances surrounding you?

Resilience is often applied to corporations, businesses and even socities. But personal resilience is an integral part of every human being. Drawing on that resilience is the key to survival in today's impersonal attacks and drive-by vitriol.

Michael Brown has survived, and survived well. Hear his story of family support, discovering your genuine friends, and how faith comes together to create a resilient attitude to get you through any crisis.


You get a call one day and it's the President-elect's Chief of Staff asking if you'd come to Washington work with his campaign manager who is about to become the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

What would you say? Of course you'd say yes.

And the rest is history. From the highs to the lows, Michael Brown describes as no other person can what it is like to work inside the federal government during one of the most exciting and trying times in our nation's history.

Your audience, despite any preconceived notions, will come away inspired and determined to do the best they can at their jobs.


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.


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 villified 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 aftewards.

Your employees and coworkers will have a new sense of responsibility and accountability.

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