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Mike Pompeo      

Former Secretary of State (2018-2021) & Former Director of CIA (2017-2018)

Mike Pompeo is the first American to have served in the Cabinet posts of Secretary of State and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. His service was the culmination of four decades of a wide-ranging set of experiences that reflect our quintessentially American core values: hard work, risk taking, free market competition, individual liberty, opportunity, national sovereignty and a strong faith in God. From serving in uniform as a young Army officer on freedom's frontier on the communist boundary of the Iron Curtain, to spending days on manufacturing floors with hard working machinists making American products for the companies he led, to sitting in the White House Situation room at critical moments - Pompeo has collected worldwide relationships, unique memories, real achievements and powerful stories of the great Americans he has worked alongside.

Serving as our nation's most senior diplomat in his role as 70th United States Secretary of State, the world witnessed the emergence of America as a massive energy exporter, a force for good in Middle East with real peace cemented in the historic Abraham Accords and an American foreign policy based on our nation's founding ideals that put America first. COVID-19 required Pompeo to lead a team that executed America's largest ever global repatriation effort. Pompeo's time at State marked the end of naive engagement with the Chinese Communist Party -- pulling back the curtain shielding the egregious acts of the CCP that threaten American jobs and freedoms. Calling out and punishing attacks on basic human dignity -- and the kleptocrats who denied it -- in places like Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, Nigeria, China and elsewhere.

Pompeo came into his role as Secretary after leading the world's premier espionage agency, having served as Director of the CIA. Daily, he led his team to take appropriate risk on sophisticated operations to deliver America's senior leaders the most pristine data and intelligence in the world to inform their decision making. All to secure freedom and sovereignty here at home.

Four times, Kansas elected Pompeo to represent their 4th Congressional District as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In Congress, he served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Intelligence Committee and the Special Committee that investigated the death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

As a teenager, Pompeo enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1986 and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the Fourth Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, Pompeo graduated from Harvard Law School having been an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Pompeo later returned to his mother's family roots in South Central Kansas and founded Thayer Aerospace, where he served as CEO for more than half a decade manufacturing components for commercial and military aircraft. He then became President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company.

Pompeo has a reputation for "shooting straight" and operating with exquisite candor - acting on the "reality of the way things are not the way we wish that they were."

Pompeo and his wife Susan have one son, Nicholas. All three Pompeos are, temporarily, transplanted Kansans now living on the east coast who still cheer on their Wichita State University Shockers basketball team and miss spending weekends on the farm in Winfield.

Speech Topics


TALK SOFTLY BUT CARRY AMERICA WITH YOU: INSIDE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE WORLD STAGE (NEGOTIATION)

How do countries, companies and family members who appear to have no common ground, establish a baseline and find matching interests? Hear Secretary Pompeo share negotiation strategies he has employed—in the corporate world after 9-11, in multi-party settings -- such as the negotiations that led to the historical Middle East Abraham Accords, and with his own family members.

Mike negotiated with Chairman Kim in North Korea, sat across the table from the Taliban, laid down a path for China’s leaders that would chart the China-U.S. relationship, and sat with European leaders in critical negotiations for America. A “win” is defined differently in each setting. But, nothing will be as memorable as Secretary Pompeo’s insights from negotiations aimed at returning Americans to their loved ones as Secretary Pompeo led a hostage negotiation team for the President that has been touted by many as having “unparalleled success.”

WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE: INVITE, DON’T DODGE, DIFFICULTY--GRAB CHALLENGES AND IMPROVE EVERYONE AROUND YOU (CRISIS MANAGEMENT)

Asking for a raise, telling the President he’s got it wrong or pulling out the driver when a 3-iron probably gets it done. Secretary Pompeo has spent a good amount of his life out of the comfort zone and challenging himself and his team to do what seems hard. This applies as much to his most important purpose – being a good husband and father -- as it does to delivering a tough message to a dictator with nuclear weapons.

A Kansan, Mike shares funny tales from times at his family’s farm, his days in charge of M-1 tanks and his time traveling the globe as America’s most senior diplomat that reinforce the central idea that good things follow from pushing boundaries and taking risk.

WHEN THE TIME COMES: A FEW MOMENTS MATTER MOST, PREPARE WELL AND CRUSH THEM (CRISIS MANAGEMENT)

Secretary Mike Pompeo’s military experience, business leadership and public service have cemented one idea: There are a few moments that make or break a team’s success. Every other moment must be aimed at preparing for them. Whether meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un or pitching for a contract your company must have to survive, you must have built your team around preparing for these moments. Some moments come as crisis, some as planned culminations of prolonged efforts, but, either way, the daily discipline both personal and team-wide is crucial.

In this keynote, Secretary Pompeo shares the moments where he and his teams had the chance to make a big difference. Hear details of the largest worldwide emergency repatriation effort ever conducted by the U.S. He will challenge the attendees to build for those turning points and to seize the opportunities when they present themselves.

FROM MACHINE SHOP TO SPY SHOP: LESSONS FROM LEADING TALENTED PEOPLE FROM MACHINISTS TO ESPIONAGE PROFESSIONALS (LEADERSHIP)

We’ve all read good spy novels, but what’s a leader to do when he is tasked with running the world’s finest espionage service focused on delivering for the greatest nation in the history of civilization?

In this keynote, Mike shares highly-unclassified-but-unique stories about his time as the Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and how his previous leadership experiences—including as CEO of a manufacturing company--helped him deliver the best information for America’s national security leaders.

The opportunity of a lifetime to ask, “is area 51 real?” or “was America responsible for [pick your favorite]?”. You’ll get, some, answers.

MISSION: SMALL TEAM OR COMPLEX ORGANIZATION -- ONE COMMON TASK (LEADERSHIP)

From assistant manager at Baskin-Robbins to being fourth in line for the Presidency, Mike Pompeo has demonstrated his ability to harness the best of every team member to deliver quality, mission-focused outcomes. His experience set – including tank platoon leader, cavalry troop executive officer, small business machine shop CEO, Congressman from Kansas, CIA Director and most recently Secretary of State – has honed Secretary Pompeo’s command of the central tenets of leadership that have helped him build successful, impactful teams for over three decades.

With this keynote, Secretary Pompeo shares experiences and encourages attendees to consider various points of view. This serious, yet joy-filled exposition of how Mike has lived out his sense of duty and commitment to excellence should bring a smile to lots of faces, along with an arsenal of ideas.

News


Trump asks Rep. Mike Pompeo to be CIA director - CNNPolitics.com
Washington (CNN) Donald Trump will nominate Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to be his CIA director, the President-elect's transition team announced ...

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