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Michele Rigby Assad

Former C.I.A. Agent, Counterterrorism Specialist & Author of "Breaking Cover"

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 Michele Rigby Assad Biography

Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. Trained as a counterterrorism specialist, Michele served her country for ten years, working in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations.

Upon retirement from active service, Michele and her husband Joseph (also a former agent) joined a group of Americans who wished to aid persecuted Christians. Their efforts resulted in the evacuation of a group from northern Iraq that was featured on ABC’s 20/20 in December 2015.

Michele holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Today she serves as an international security consultant.

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Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting For

Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting For

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  • SwiftSword ™ Risk Mitigation Tools for High Performance Companies

    Learn how to optimize operational decisions and mitigate risk using vetting methodologies from the world of intelligence. The ability to make wise decisions is what sets apart average companies from exceptional ones. The secret sauce is the ability to vet people, products, vendors, and opportunities. Just like vetting is critical to our national security, vetting is the cornerstone of sound business and personal decisions. It enables a spectrum of activities from hiring the most talented and highly motivated employees, to identifying the most promising investment opportunities, to choosing the right childcare provider. Vetting (verifying, scrutinizing, authenticating) is essential to our everyday lives, yet those who are expected to vet are rarely provided the training to do so. The SwiftSword ™ training course will give you the tools to become a Truth Hacker—able to vet people and information like a pro. Michele’s tools will enable you to cut through chaos, lies, and marketing fluff, to steer your company to success.

  • Lessons from the CIA — How to Pivot in Times of Crisis

    One thing you learn planning and carrying out operations in war zones is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t prepare for every contingency. You have to get good at pivoting in the moment and making decisions on the fly. Such is the new world thrust on us in 2020. Strong leadership understands that now is not the time to maintain continuity of operations—it is time to rethink everything.
    • Learn how to harness fear to cultivate optimism and resiliency.
    • Understand how to promote an environment in which your team members’ unique experiences, outlook, and creativity can be harnessed to solve operational challenges.
    • Develop new strategies for tapping into your diverse workforce to navigate changing realities and requirements. (You will be surprised how many amazing ideas come from staff that, up until now, hasn’t had the opportunity or encouragement to share fresh ideas that can breathe new life into operations.)

  • Unconscious Bias: How to Knock Down the Walls

    I'm used to assumptions. I've dealt with them my entire life. It is hard for people to merge the two seemingly different versions of me: an outgoing and kind person who cares very much about others-with the counterterrorism and Middle East expert. Most human beings are conditioned to associate a leader with someone who wields power in a more forceful manner. Those with sunny dispositions are often relegated to the second tier or the back row. This cognitive dissonance is a product of an Unconscious bias that sets our expectations of people's strengths, weaknesses, personality and interests. Our assumptions are based on a lifetime's worth of input, so this happens without our cognizance. We are not aware that this process is occurring. In the workplace, subconscious bias affects internal processes such as hiring, promotions, leadership development, training decisions, and project management. In terms of operations, subconscious bias affects our marketing and sales strategies, product design, prioritization of projects, and so much more. Learn the first steps to knocking down the walls to unconscious bias and creating a culture of strong leaders:
    • acknowledge that we can do a better job
    • dig deeper and get to know others better
    • ask more questions
    • determine whether unconscious bias has affected the way you've done business and identify one way to start rectifying that

  • How Leveraging War-Zone Tactics in the Workplace Can Help Overcome Stereotypes

    Michele uses her experience as a female in the male-dominated intelligence sector to show how your unique personality and perspective are key to being a stand-out in the workplace. Despite being told that she could not carry out successful counterterrorism operations because she would never be accepted as a female by the terrorist sources she would have to work with, Michele turned this assumption on its head. She explains how she triumphed by turning her perceived disadvantages to her advantage in the debriefing room, acquiring intelligence others could not. Key Takeaways:
    • Understand why diversity is critical to creativity and success
    • Develop strategies for disrupting the status quo and reframing other’s perception of your capabilities
    • Discover how your “disadvantages” can actually enable you to shine in the workplace

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  • HOW TO BOOK Michele Rigby Assad?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michele Rigby Assad for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Michele Rigby Assad, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michele Rigby Assad or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Michele Rigby Assad?

    Booking fees for Michele Rigby Assad, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michele Rigby Assad, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Michele Rigby Assad?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michele Rigby Assad for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michele Rigby Assad for your next private or corporate function.
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Michele Rigby Assad

Former C.I.A. Agent, Counterterrorism Specialist & Author of "Breaking Cover"

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Michele Rigby Assad Biography

Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. Trained as a counterterrorism specialist, Michele served her country for ten years, working in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations.

Upon retirement from active service, Michele and her husband Joseph (also a former agent) joined a group of Americans who wished to aid persecuted Christians. Their efforts resulted in the evacuation of a group from northern Iraq that was featured on ABC’s 20/20 in December 2015.

Michele holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Today she serves as an international security consultant.

Michele Rigby Assad Videos

  • Intuition is Marketable — Lessons From the CIA | Michele Rigby Assad
  • Turning liabilities into advantages | Michele Rigby Assad
  • Michele Rigby Assad: "My Secret Life in the CIA" | Talks at Google
    Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations. Trained as a ...

Michele Rigby Assad Books

Michele Rigby Assad Speaking Topics

  • SwiftSword ™ Risk Mitigation Tools for High Performance Companies

    Learn how to optimize operational decisions and mitigate risk using vetting methodologies from the world of intelligence. The ability to make wise decisions is what sets apart average companies from exceptional ones. The secret sauce is the ability to vet people, products, vendors, and opportunities. Just like vetting is critical to our national security, vetting is the cornerstone of sound business and personal decisions. It enables a spectrum of activities from hiring the most talented and highly motivated employees, to identifying the most promising investment opportunities, to choosing the right childcare provider. Vetting (verifying, scrutinizing, authenticating) is essential to our everyday lives, yet those who are expected to vet are rarely provided the training to do so. The SwiftSword ™ training course will give you the tools to become a Truth Hacker—able to vet people and information like a pro. Michele’s tools will enable you to cut through chaos, lies, and marketing fluff, to steer your company to success.

  • Lessons from the CIA — How to Pivot in Times of Crisis

    One thing you learn planning and carrying out operations in war zones is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t prepare for every contingency. You have to get good at pivoting in the moment and making decisions on the fly. Such is the new world thrust on us in 2020. Strong leadership understands that now is not the time to maintain continuity of operations—it is time to rethink everything.
    • Learn how to harness fear to cultivate optimism and resiliency.
    • Understand how to promote an environment in which your team members’ unique experiences, outlook, and creativity can be harnessed to solve operational challenges.
    • Develop new strategies for tapping into your diverse workforce to navigate changing realities and requirements. (You will be surprised how many amazing ideas come from staff that, up until now, hasn’t had the opportunity or encouragement to share fresh ideas that can breathe new life into operations.)

  • Unconscious Bias: How to Knock Down the Walls

    I'm used to assumptions. I've dealt with them my entire life. It is hard for people to merge the two seemingly different versions of me: an outgoing and kind person who cares very much about others-with the counterterrorism and Middle East expert. Most human beings are conditioned to associate a leader with someone who wields power in a more forceful manner. Those with sunny dispositions are often relegated to the second tier or the back row. This cognitive dissonance is a product of an Unconscious bias that sets our expectations of people's strengths, weaknesses, personality and interests. Our assumptions are based on a lifetime's worth of input, so this happens without our cognizance. We are not aware that this process is occurring. In the workplace, subconscious bias affects internal processes such as hiring, promotions, leadership development, training decisions, and project management. In terms of operations, subconscious bias affects our marketing and sales strategies, product design, prioritization of projects, and so much more. Learn the first steps to knocking down the walls to unconscious bias and creating a culture of strong leaders:
    • acknowledge that we can do a better job
    • dig deeper and get to know others better
    • ask more questions
    • determine whether unconscious bias has affected the way you've done business and identify one way to start rectifying that

  • How Leveraging War-Zone Tactics in the Workplace Can Help Overcome Stereotypes

    Michele uses her experience as a female in the male-dominated intelligence sector to show how your unique personality and perspective are key to being a stand-out in the workplace. Despite being told that she could not carry out successful counterterrorism operations because she would never be accepted as a female by the terrorist sources she would have to work with, Michele turned this assumption on its head. She explains how she triumphed by turning her perceived disadvantages to her advantage in the debriefing room, acquiring intelligence others could not. Key Takeaways:
    • Understand why diversity is critical to creativity and success
    • Develop strategies for disrupting the status quo and reframing other’s perception of your capabilities
    • Discover how your “disadvantages” can actually enable you to shine in the workplace

FAQs on booking Michele Rigby Assad

  • How to book Michele Rigby Assad?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Michele Rigby Assad for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Michele Rigby Assad, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Michele Rigby Assad or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Michele Rigby Assad?

    Booking fees for Michele Rigby Assad, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michele Rigby Assad, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michele Rigby Assad?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michele Rigby Assad for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michele Rigby Assad for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michele Rigby Assad or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michele Rigby Assad or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michele Rigby Assad is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michele Rigby Assad for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Michele Rigby Assad generally travels from Orlando, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Malcolm Nance, Sarah Chayes, Frederic Wehrey, Jesse Norman and Marie Harf. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michele Rigby Assad for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Michele Rigby Assad Speaker Videos

  • Intuition is Marketable — Lessons From the CIA | Michele Rigby Assad
    Turning liabilities into advantages | Michele Rigby Assad
  • Michele Rigby Assad: "My Secret Life in the CIA" | Talks at Google
    Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations. Trained as a ...
    Michele Rigby Assad recording "Breaking Cover"
    Check out this behind the scenes look at Michele Rigby Assad recording " Breaking Cover."
  • Michele Rigby Assad: She Went From Being A Southern Belle To ...
    Former CIA agent Michele Rigby Assad talks to Megyn Kelly about her new book “Breaking Cover,” which is about her time working undercover ...

Michele Rigby Assad Speaking Topics

  • SwiftSword ™ Risk Mitigation Tools for High Performance Companies

    Learn how to optimize operational decisions and mitigate risk using vetting methodologies from the world of intelligence. The ability to make wise decisions is what sets apart average companies from exceptional ones. The secret sauce is the ability to vet people, products, vendors, and opportunities. Just like vetting is critical to our national security, vetting is the cornerstone of sound business and personal decisions. It enables a spectrum of activities from hiring the most talented and highly motivated employees, to identifying the most promising investment opportunities, to choosing the right childcare provider. Vetting (verifying, scrutinizing, authenticating) is essential to our everyday lives, yet those who are expected to vet are rarely provided the training to do so. The SwiftSword ™ training course will give you the tools to become a Truth Hacker—able to vet people and information like a pro. Michele’s tools will enable you to cut through chaos, lies, and marketing fluff, to steer your company to success.

  • Lessons from the CIA — How to Pivot in Times of Crisis

    One thing you learn planning and carrying out operations in war zones is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t prepare for every contingency. You have to get good at pivoting in the moment and making decisions on the fly. Such is the new world thrust on us in 2020. Strong leadership understands that now is not the time to maintain continuity of operations—it is time to rethink everything.
    • Learn how to harness fear to cultivate optimism and resiliency.
    • Understand how to promote an environment in which your team members’ unique experiences, outlook, and creativity can be harnessed to solve operational challenges.
    • Develop new strategies for tapping into your diverse workforce to navigate changing realities and requirements. (You will be surprised how many amazing ideas come from staff that, up until now, hasn’t had the opportunity or encouragement to share fresh ideas that can breathe new life into operations.)

  • Unconscious Bias: How to Knock Down the Walls

    I'm used to assumptions. I've dealt with them my entire life. It is hard for people to merge the two seemingly different versions of me: an outgoing and kind person who cares very much about others-with the counterterrorism and Middle East expert. Most human beings are conditioned to associate a leader with someone who wields power in a more forceful manner. Those with sunny dispositions are often relegated to the second tier or the back row. This cognitive dissonance is a product of an Unconscious bias that sets our expectations of people's strengths, weaknesses, personality and interests. Our assumptions are based on a lifetime's worth of input, so this happens without our cognizance. We are not aware that this process is occurring. In the workplace, subconscious bias affects internal processes such as hiring, promotions, leadership development, training decisions, and project management. In terms of operations, subconscious bias affects our marketing and sales strategies, product design, prioritization of projects, and so much more. Learn the first steps to knocking down the walls to unconscious bias and creating a culture of strong leaders:
    • acknowledge that we can do a better job
    • dig deeper and get to know others better
    • ask more questions
    • determine whether unconscious bias has affected the way you've done business and identify one way to start rectifying that

  • How Leveraging War-Zone Tactics in the Workplace Can Help Overcome Stereotypes

    Michele uses her experience as a female in the male-dominated intelligence sector to show how your unique personality and perspective are key to being a stand-out in the workplace. Despite being told that she could not carry out successful counterterrorism operations because she would never be accepted as a female by the terrorist sources she would have to work with, Michele turned this assumption on its head. She explains how she triumphed by turning her perceived disadvantages to her advantage in the debriefing room, acquiring intelligence others could not. Key Takeaways:
    • Understand why diversity is critical to creativity and success
    • Develop strategies for disrupting the status quo and reframing other’s perception of your capabilities
    • Discover how your “disadvantages” can actually enable you to shine in the workplace

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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