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Matt Eversmann

War Hero, Inspiration for "Black Hawk Down", NYT Best-Selling Author & Documentarian

War Hero, Inspiration for "Black Hawk Down", NYT Best-Selling Author & Documentarian

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Matt Eversmann Biography

On October 3, 1993, Matt Eversmann was placed in charge of a group of Army Rangers to lead a daytime raid against an eager enemy militia. Eversmann experienced the horrors of war when he and his fellow soldiers were trapped in a hostile district of Mogadishu and marked for death by an angry mob. His inspiring story of survival was immortalized in the epic film, Black Hawk Down, which recounts the harrowing experience. For his actions on the battlefield he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device.

Eversmann returned from Somalia committed to teaching the next generation of warriors. During his remaining time in uniform, he worked at the Army War College, taught at The Johns Hopkins University and finally deployed to Iraq where he lived with the Iraqi Army for 15 months during The Surge. He remained on active duty until May of 2008, when he retired after 20 years of service.

Committed to sharing the lessons he learned in the military, Eversmann draws parallels from his experiences to highlight the importance of leadership, followership, courage and responsibility within any team or enterprise. Drawing on lessons learned as a military and corporate leader and consultant, he shows organizations how to navigate today’s chaotic “urban battlefield” of constant change and uncertainty to build and train teams responsible and resilient enough to handle “strategic shock” — the unforeseen disasters that will happen — without missing a beat.

Unambiguously humble, gracious and warm, his powerful story and straightforward insights on instilling these values stay with business leaders long after the applause has ended. His experiences in healthcare, non-profit, and data management industries have solidified his passion to prepare “average people to tackle incredible things.”

Eversmann recently returned from Afghanistan where he filmed a documentary for PBS in the shadows of Tora Bora. His film, Send Me, highlights the tremendous advances in battlefield medicine since his days on the dusty streets of Mogadishu.

He is co-author of "The Battle of Mogadishu" and — with James Patterson — of two books that highlight the courage of everyday men and women, "Walk in My Combat Boots" and "ER Nurses" — both of which became immediate New York Times bestsellers.

Eversmann and his wife, Tori, run a consulting company that helps companies develop successful veteran hiring programs.

Matt Eversmann Speaking Topics

  • Strategic Shock: Leadership Lessons for Business from Black Hawk Down

    The business world, regardless of industry, is filled with uncertainty, chaos and the unexpected. Welcome to the “Urban Battlefield.” Strip away the drama of gun fights and the frustration of Murphy’s Law the lessons learned from battle during Black Hawk Down or Iraq are directly applicable to leaders at all levels of business. There is no business plan to help leaders avoid ‘Strategic Shock’, but this story of elite teams with high standards, solid leadership, followership and teamwork will get the conversation started.

    Matt will walk the audience through his experiences as a young leader (manager) thrust into a “must win” situation in the harshest times. With Matt’s post military experiences as a leader in the corporate world (healthcare, non-profit and technology) he literally can “talk the talk and walk the walk” about what really translates from the battlefields versus what just sounds good. Matt explains why his theories and lessons positively affect individuals and institutions. What they hear on Friday they can apply on Monday. His talk resonates particularly with the audiences who have to execute, who have to lead and manage, and who ultimately have to answer for their delivery of goods and services. This is a war story like no other.

    Key takeaways:

    • High standards (excellence) doesn’t cost a penny but takes commitment from leaders.
    • Every member of every team is responsible and accountable for something; leaders must ensure they know what that something is.
    • Strategic decisions immediately affect execution; managers are the ones who make everything happen.
    • There are incalculable consequences caused by events out of anyone’s control, teams must

  • FUSION Leadership: How to be an Elite Leader and Manager

    How can you be elite if you were never in the military? If you don’t have the entire might of the US Congress supporting you and your authority isn’t backed by the Constitution how can you expect every member of your team to “be like an operator”? The truth is that you can’t. None of us can. But you don’t have to have served to be a great leader. Most of us must manage small teams and that is the secret to FUSION leadership. Matt spent almost half of his career as a leader with the elite Army Rangers and about the same in the conventional forces so he knows both sides well. He knows about high standards, accountability, and responsibility. A leadership award winner at almost every professional school he attended, Matt devised a system of leadership where we all can influence our teams and get the same results as elite Army Rangers.

Matt Eversmann Videos

  • Soldiers to Sidelines: From Military to Coaching Sports
  • WIN: Championship Traits For Life - Matt Eversmann
  • Author Talk: James Patterson and Matt Eversmann

Matt Eversmann Books

  • Walk the Blue Line: No right, no left—just cops telling their true stories to James Patterson.
    Walk the Blue Line: No right, no left—just cops telling their true stories to James Patterson.
  • Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America's Bravest Warriors
    Walk in My Combat Boots: True Stories from America's Bravest Warriors
  • E.R. Nurses: True Stories from America's Greatest Unsung Heroes
    E.R. Nurses: True Stories from America's Greatest Unsung Heroes

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Matt Eversmann is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Strategic Shock: Leadership Lessons for Business from Black Hawk Down and FUSION Leadership: How to be an Elite Leader and Manager. The estimated speaking fee range to book Matt Eversmann for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Matt Eversmann generally travels from West Palm Beach, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mykel Hawke, Scott O'Grady, Becky Halstead, Ed Hiner and Oz Sanchez. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Matt Eversmann for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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