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Mike Hayes

Former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO

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 Mike Hayes Biography

A 20-year veteran of the US Navy SEALs, two White House administrations, and senior executive roles in the private sector, Mike Hayes translates the lessons he has learned to help organizations develop stronger leaders and improve their bottom line. Hayes has led and learned from many crises, from his service in the SEALs throughout South America, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, including the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, to national issues in the White House Situation Room, or to sensitive corporate strategy in the boardroom.

Hayes’ last job in the Navy was the Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO, which included ten months as the Commander of a 2,000 person Special Operations Task Force in southeastern Afghanistan. A White House Fellow (‘08/’09), he served two years as Director, Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council. In the Bush Administration, Hayes was responsible for the START Treaty, where he produced a new proposed START Treaty and conducted negotiations with the Russians in Moscow. In the Obama administration, Hayes led the White House response to President Obama’s first major foreign policy showdown — the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia. Prior to the White House Fellowship, Hayes served as the Deputy Commander for all Special Operations in Anbar Province, Iraq.

In the private sector, Hayes served in Chief of Staff to the CEO and Chief Operating Officer roles at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest and most successful hedge fund with over $160B under management. Hayes currently serves as Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Operations at Cognizant Technology, a 280,000 person global IT services firm with revenues of ~$17B and a market cap of ~$40B, and is responsible for a $1.5B financial services sector P&L.

In customized presentations, Hayes pulls out the overarching lessons he has learned to discuss topics such as leadership, how organizational design ties to outcomes, the essentials for decision making under duress, how cultures are a determinant of winning, crisis management, dealing with adversity, conflict resolution, communication, motivation, focused execution, workforce optimization, setting strategy, enhancing innovation, and personal and organizational impact. Drawing on examples from his illustrious career, he shares leadership principles such as teaching individuals how to think rather than what to think, how a leader’s job isn’t to make the best decision but rather to make sure the best decision gets made, and how comfort with discomfort is a key tenet of high performance individuals and organizations.

Hayes has spoken at the White House, Harvard, and Goldman Sachs alongside President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. A Navy SEAL Commanding Officer overseas, a former leader in the National Security Council, and an experienced senior leader in the private sector, Hayes is a unique speaker whose leadership principles are sure to resonate with any audience.

Hayes is on the boards of Immuta, a data governance company, and the National Medal of Honor Museum. He holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s J.F.K. School of Government and received his B.A. from Holy Cross College, where he was an active Big Brother. His military decorations include the Bronze Star for valor in combat in Iraq, a Bronze Star for Afghanistan, and the Defense Superior Service Medal from the White House. Hayes’ work has been published by the RAND Corporation, he is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is fluent in German and Spanish, and enjoys mentoring others to success.

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Books
Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning

Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility, and Meaning

Speaking Topics
  • Corporate Transformation

  • Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility and Meaning

  • Agile Leadership: When to Be a Leader, When to Follow, and Focusing on the Right Decision Rather than Who Makes It

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Mike Hayes?

    Booking fees for Mike Hayes, 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 Mike Hayes, 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 Mike Hayes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mike Hayes 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 Mike Hayes for your next private or corporate function.
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Mike Hayes

Former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO

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Mike Hayes Biography

A 20-year veteran of the US Navy SEALs, two White House administrations, and senior executive roles in the private sector, Mike Hayes translates the lessons he has learned to help organizations develop stronger leaders and improve their bottom line. Hayes has led and learned from many crises, from his service in the SEALs throughout South America, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, including the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, to national issues in the White House Situation Room, or to sensitive corporate strategy in the boardroom.

Hayes’ last job in the Navy was the Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO, which included ten months as the Commander of a 2,000 person Special Operations Task Force in southeastern Afghanistan. A White House Fellow (‘08/’09), he served two years as Director, Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council. In the Bush Administration, Hayes was responsible for the START Treaty, where he produced a new proposed START Treaty and conducted negotiations with the Russians in Moscow. In the Obama administration, Hayes led the White House response to President Obama’s first major foreign policy showdown — the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia. Prior to the White House Fellowship, Hayes served as the Deputy Commander for all Special Operations in Anbar Province, Iraq.

In the private sector, Hayes served in Chief of Staff to the CEO and Chief Operating Officer roles at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest and most successful hedge fund with over $160B under management. Hayes currently serves as Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Operations at Cognizant Technology, a 280,000 person global IT services firm with revenues of ~$17B and a market cap of ~$40B, and is responsible for a $1.5B financial services sector P&L.

In customized presentations, Hayes pulls out the overarching lessons he has learned to discuss topics such as leadership, how organizational design ties to outcomes, the essentials for decision making under duress, how cultures are a determinant of winning, crisis management, dealing with adversity, conflict resolution, communication, motivation, focused execution, workforce optimization, setting strategy, enhancing innovation, and personal and organizational impact. Drawing on examples from his illustrious career, he shares leadership principles such as teaching individuals how to think rather than what to think, how a leader’s job isn’t to make the best decision but rather to make sure the best decision gets made, and how comfort with discomfort is a key tenet of high performance individuals and organizations.

Hayes has spoken at the White House, Harvard, and Goldman Sachs alongside President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. A Navy SEAL Commanding Officer overseas, a former leader in the National Security Council, and an experienced senior leader in the private sector, Hayes is a unique speaker whose leadership principles are sure to resonate with any audience.

Hayes is on the boards of Immuta, a data governance company, and the National Medal of Honor Museum. He holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s J.F.K. School of Government and received his B.A. from Holy Cross College, where he was an active Big Brother. His military decorations include the Bronze Star for valor in combat in Iraq, a Bronze Star for Afghanistan, and the Defense Superior Service Medal from the White House. Hayes’ work has been published by the RAND Corporation, he is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is fluent in German and Spanish, and enjoys mentoring others to success.

Mike Hayes Videos

  • The Uncomfortable Zone - Michael Hayes
    A 20-year veteran of the US Navy SEALS, Michael Hayes translates the lessons he learned in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the White ...
  • The High Performance Organization - Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes Speaking Topics

  • Corporate Transformation

  • Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility and Meaning

  • Agile Leadership: When to Be a Leader, When to Follow, and Focusing on the Right Decision Rather than Who Makes It

FAQs on booking Mike Hayes

  • How to book Mike Hayes?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mike Hayes 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 Mike Hayes, 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 Mike Hayes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mike Hayes?

    Booking fees for Mike Hayes, 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 Mike Hayes, 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 Mike Hayes?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mike Hayes 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 Mike Hayes 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 Mike Hayes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mike Hayes 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.

Mike Hayes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Corporate Transformation, Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility and Meaning and Agile Leadership: When to Be a Leader, When to Follow, and Focusing on the Right Decision Rather than Who Makes It. The estimated speaking fee range to book Mike Hayes for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Mike Hayes generally travels from Westport, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jason Redman, Ed Hiner, Andrew Paul, Brent Gleeson and Diego Ugalde. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mike Hayes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mike Hayes Speaker Videos

  • The Uncomfortable Zone - Michael Hayes
    A 20-year veteran of the US Navy SEALS, Michael Hayes translates the lessons he learned in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the White ...
    The High Performance Organization - Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes Speaking Topics

  • Corporate Transformation

  • Never Enough: A Navy SEAL Commander on Living a Life of Excellence, Agility and Meaning

  • Agile Leadership: When to Be a Leader, When to Follow, and Focusing on the Right Decision Rather than Who Makes It

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