In August 2018 I had the great honor to speak at the National World War One Museum and Memorial and at the Missouri State Genealogical Conference on the centennial of the outbreak of Spanish Influenza Pandemic and the US Government response to it. The Museum recorded the event in Kansas City and you can find it here on YouTube. I have spoken at a number of venues both large and small across the globe to groups who numbered as few as five to some that counted well over 100. I would love to share my energy, enthusiasm and knowledge with your group about an historical or genealogical topic! Contact me today.
First I want to share a bit of background about me. I began public speaking in 1986 when I discovered speech and debate in high school. From that point on I was hooked on public speaking! In my professional life I have spoken on a broad range of military history, local, regional and international issues and on community and personal resilience after devastating events. During my time in the Pentagon I was directly involved in the training and education of hundreds of senior-level European and Eurasian officials, which included many speaking roles as did my prior work in the legislative branch of government as well as a year-long post-graduate fellowship in Germany, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation.
In 2018-19 I am giving special focus to the centennial of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic in research, writing and speaking. Below you will find a partial list of my previous speaking engagements.
Papers, Presentations and Workshops
- “Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and the US Government Response,” National World War One Museum & Memorial, 12 August 2018.
- “Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and Your Family Records,” Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference, 10 August 2018.
- “WMD: Threat and Reality,” Special Operations Combating Terrorism Course, Joint Special Operations University, MacDill AFB, 31 January 2011, 30 August 2010 and 1 February 2010.
- “Minot & Taiwan Nuclear Weapons-Related Incidents Case Studies: Nuclear Enterprise Advisory Board Validation,” (facilitator), Washington, DC, 6 April 2010.
- “United States Air Force Nuclear Enterprise Case Study,” Air University Review Workshop, (presenter/facilitator/group leader), Maxwell AFB, 25 January 2010.
- DTRA-sponsored Workshop on Public Resilience (facilitator/group leader), Washington, DC, 21 February 2008.
- “No Need to Panic: Public Resilience to a WMD Event,” USAF Counterproliferation Center, DTRA-sponsored Johnny Appleseed Professional Military Education Conference, Atlanta, GA, 25 July 2008.
- “Public Resilience to WMD Events,” WMD Elective Course, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, 16 September 2008.
- “Border Security and Countering Terrorism,” NATO Advanced Research Working Group, Terrorism Curriculum Development Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2-4 February 2007.
- “U.S. Counterproliferation Programs: Challenges Ahead,” Nuclear Threats and Countermeasures, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, 22 September 2005.
- “International Cooperation in Combating Trafficking,” Regional Cooperation in Combating Illicit Trafficking, George C. Marshall Center Conference, Skopje, Macedonia, 6-8 December 2005.
- “U.S. Perspectives: WMD Cooperation,” The Lake Bled Process: An Executive Seminar For SEDM Parliamentarians, Southeastern Europe Defense Ministerial Working Group on Defense And Military Support to Counterproliferation, Border Security and Counterterrorism,” Dubrovnik, Croatia, August 29-September 1, 2005.