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Dr. Mark T. Esper

Former U.S Secretary of Defense & Secretary of the Army; New York Times Bestselling Author of "A Sacred Oath"

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Dr. Mark T. Esper Biography

Mark T. Esper, PhD has led a distinguished career as a visionary leader, innovator, reformer, and change agent with a proven record of accomplishment in a wide range of roles and organizations. He attributes his success to the importance he places on character and values, coupled with boundless energy and a can-do spirit that puts the organization and its people first, and treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Dr. Esper became the 27th Secretary of Defense in July 2019 when he was confirmed in an overwhelming 90-8 vote by the U.S. Senate in rare bipartisan fashion. Dr. Esper went on to successfully lead the Defense Department through an unprecedented time in the nation’s history, while driving R&D on Artificial Intelligence, directed energy, robotics, and hypersonics, and launching the biggest initiative in decades to improve diversity and inclusion in the armed forces. Dr. Esper’s memoir "A Sacred Oath" is a New York Times bestseller, chronicling this turbulent and critical period of modern American history.

Dr. Esper is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, and the Atlantic Council, among others, and is a frequent commentator on CNN, FOX, Bloomberg, and other news outlets. He is the Distinguished Chair of the Modern War Institute at his alma mater, West Point. Dr. Esper also serves on a number of private equity and venture capital portfolio company boards and is a partner in the venture capital firm Red Cell Partners, where he also serves as the chairman of its national security practice.

Dr. Esper offers audiences an array of insights, ideas, forecasts, and strategies based on relevant experience, fostering the success of both individuals and teams.

Speaking Topics
  • A Global Outlook: How Geopolitics Affect Your Business

    In this valuable address, Dr. Esper shares his expertise on the emerging geopolitical landscape, highlighting current trends and concerns to explain the potential risk and implications to companies, investors, and policymakers. Dr. Esper blends his extensive experiences in both private firms (private equity and venture capital) and public service to demonstrate a deep understanding of cause and effect on a global scale. Providing a high-level overview of the world’s hotspots – the people, places, and policies that investors and companies should be aware of – Dr. Esper can advise on strategy in a meaningful and impactful way. This discussion can be customized to address your organization’s current concerns.

  • U.S. Foreign Policy: What Are the Top Issues Facing the U.S. Today?

    In this riveting talk, Dr. Esper offers a substantial and insightful perspective on U.S. foreign policy, and the top issues facing the United States today. During his tenure as U.S. Secretary of Defense (2019-2020) and Commissioner for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (2007-2008), Esper successfully lead the Defense Department through an unprecedented time in the nation’s history: from conflict with Iran, an ongoing military campaign in Afghanistan, and counter-terrorist operations in the Middle East; to open competition with China and Russia amidst a fundamental shift in the geo-strategic environment. With experience as a corporate executive, Esper is in a unique position to address the challenges the U.S. faces globally while drilling down to the risks • and opportunities • that matter most to leaders, organizations, and policymakers.

  • Leadership: Caring for Your Most Important Asset, Your People

    In this impactful speech, Secretary Esper uses his informed experiences as a leader of two of the world’s largest and most complex organizations to discuss the necessity of having a clear vision, straightforward mission statement, and comprehensive strategy for your organization. Esper speaks to the importance of being able to articulate these things well to multiple audiences, and how to develop coherent plans for developing, implementing, and sustaining success. Mark Esper believes the most important elements of an organization’s success are the character, values, and culture of its leaders and employees. In this pragmatic yet motivational presentation, Esper also shares:

    • The importance of empowering and motivating your team by delegating authority, assigning mission-type objectives, and giving people room to surprise you
    • How to strike the right balance between the demands of the present and the needs of the future when today is right in your face
    • The criticality of diversity, inclusiveness, and respect in the workplace
    • How to identify, recruit, develop, and retain quality people, especially leaders
    • The importance of caring for your most important asset, your people
    • How to drive change and implement reform in today’s world

  • National Security: What the U.S Government Can Do to Protect America Today While Readying for the Future

    In this presentation, Secretary Esper addresses the challenges the U.S. faces globally, moving from region to region, and hot spot to hot spot, to share his insights about the challenges, trends, risks and opportunities that every leader and organization needs to be aware of. Esper’s remarks will cover topical issues, including:

    • What does the ascendance of China mean for the U.S. and the West in the 21st Century
    • How should America and its allies think about Russia over the next 10-15 years?
    • How real are regional threats to U.S. interests from countries like Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela?
    • How should the U.S. think about Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East?
    • What about transnational threats from terrorist groups and criminal organizations?
    • How do pandemics and climate change play into all of this?
    • What are the real challenges America faces in space and cyberspace?

    Esper also speaks to how the U.S. can develop and implement a whole-of-country approach – one that includes government at all levels, and the private sector in all of its shapes and sizes – to deal with these matters, including what the United States government can do to protect America today while readying itself for the future. And what does this all mean for your organization and its future?

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A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times

A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times

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  • What topics does Dr. Mark T. Esper speak about?

    Dr. Mark T. Esper is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Business, Consulting, Foreign Policy, Government, Homeland Security and Terrorism, International Relations, Leadership Speakers, Military, Political Speakers.
  • Where does Dr. Mark T. Esper travel from?

    Dr. Mark T. Esper generally travels from USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Dr. Mark T. Esper for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Mark T. Esper for your next private or corporate function.
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Former U.S Secretary of Defense & Secretary of the Army; New York Times Bestselling Author of "A Sacred Oath"

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Dr. Mark T. Esper Biography

Mark T. Esper, PhD has led a distinguished career as a visionary leader, innovator, reformer, and change agent with a proven record of accomplishment in a wide range of roles and organizations. He attributes his success to the importance he places on character and values, coupled with boundless energy and a can-do spirit that puts the organization and its people first, and treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Dr. Esper became the 27th Secretary of Defense in July 2019 when he was confirmed in an overwhelming 90-8 vote by the U.S. Senate in rare bipartisan fashion. Dr. Esper went on to successfully lead the Defense Department through an unprecedented time in the nation’s history, while driving R&D on Artificial Intelligence, directed energy, robotics, and hypersonics, and launching the biggest initiative in decades to improve diversity and inclusion in the armed forces. Dr. Esper’s memoir "A Sacred Oath" is a New York Times bestseller, chronicling this turbulent and critical period of modern American history.

Dr. Esper is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, and the Atlantic Council, among others, and is a frequent commentator on CNN, FOX, Bloomberg, and other news outlets. He is the Distinguished Chair of the Modern War Institute at his alma mater, West Point. Dr. Esper also serves on a number of private equity and venture capital portfolio company boards and is a partner in the venture capital firm Red Cell Partners, where he also serves as the chairman of its national security practice.

Dr. Esper offers audiences an array of insights, ideas, forecasts, and strategies based on relevant experience, fostering the success of both individuals and teams.

Dr. Mark T. Esper Speaking Topics

  • A Global Outlook: How Geopolitics Affect Your Business

    In this valuable address, Dr. Esper shares his expertise on the emerging geopolitical landscape, highlighting current trends and concerns to explain the potential risk and implications to companies, investors, and policymakers. Dr. Esper blends his extensive experiences in both private firms (private equity and venture capital) and public service to demonstrate a deep understanding of cause and effect on a global scale. Providing a high-level overview of the world’s hotspots – the people, places, and policies that investors and companies should be aware of – Dr. Esper can advise on strategy in a meaningful and impactful way. This discussion can be customized to address your organization’s current concerns.

  • U.S. Foreign Policy: What Are the Top Issues Facing the U.S. Today?

    In this riveting talk, Dr. Esper offers a substantial and insightful perspective on U.S. foreign policy, and the top issues facing the United States today. During his tenure as U.S. Secretary of Defense (2019-2020) and Commissioner for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (2007-2008), Esper successfully lead the Defense Department through an unprecedented time in the nation’s history: from conflict with Iran, an ongoing military campaign in Afghanistan, and counter-terrorist operations in the Middle East; to open competition with China and Russia amidst a fundamental shift in the geo-strategic environment. With experience as a corporate executive, Esper is in a unique position to address the challenges the U.S. faces globally while drilling down to the risks • and opportunities • that matter most to leaders, organizations, and policymakers.

  • Leadership: Caring for Your Most Important Asset, Your People

    In this impactful speech, Secretary Esper uses his informed experiences as a leader of two of the world’s largest and most complex organizations to discuss the necessity of having a clear vision, straightforward mission statement, and comprehensive strategy for your organization. Esper speaks to the importance of being able to articulate these things well to multiple audiences, and how to develop coherent plans for developing, implementing, and sustaining success. Mark Esper believes the most important elements of an organization’s success are the character, values, and culture of its leaders and employees. In this pragmatic yet motivational presentation, Esper also shares:

    • The importance of empowering and motivating your team by delegating authority, assigning mission-type objectives, and giving people room to surprise you
    • How to strike the right balance between the demands of the present and the needs of the future when today is right in your face
    • The criticality of diversity, inclusiveness, and respect in the workplace
    • How to identify, recruit, develop, and retain quality people, especially leaders
    • The importance of caring for your most important asset, your people
    • How to drive change and implement reform in today’s world

  • National Security: What the U.S Government Can Do to Protect America Today While Readying for the Future

    In this presentation, Secretary Esper addresses the challenges the U.S. faces globally, moving from region to region, and hot spot to hot spot, to share his insights about the challenges, trends, risks and opportunities that every leader and organization needs to be aware of. Esper’s remarks will cover topical issues, including:

    • What does the ascendance of China mean for the U.S. and the West in the 21st Century
    • How should America and its allies think about Russia over the next 10-15 years?
    • How real are regional threats to U.S. interests from countries like Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela?
    • How should the U.S. think about Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East?
    • What about transnational threats from terrorist groups and criminal organizations?
    • How do pandemics and climate change play into all of this?
    • What are the real challenges America faces in space and cyberspace?

    Esper also speaks to how the U.S. can develop and implement a whole-of-country approach – one that includes government at all levels, and the private sector in all of its shapes and sizes – to deal with these matters, including what the United States government can do to protect America today while readying itself for the future. And what does this all mean for your organization and its future?

Dr. Mark T. Esper Videos

  • Esper: Trump audio about classified documents 'stunning'
    CNN's Kaitlan Collins spoke with former defense secretary Marc Esper about new CNN reporting about former President Donald Trump's handling of...
  • Ex-defense secretary lays out successful Ukraine counteroffensive
    Ukraine officials are urging silence over any potential news of a counteroffensive in order to protect plans. "CNN This Morning" speaks with former...
  • CHAT: The Indispensable Leader: America in the 21st Century

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  • How do I book Dr. Mark T. Esper to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Dr. Mark T. Esper for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Dr. Mark T. Esper, 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Dr. Mark T. Esper or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Dr. Mark T. Esper

    Speaking fees for Dr. Mark T. Esper, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Dr. Mark T. Esper are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Dr. Mark T. Esper, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Dr. Mark T. Esper speak about?

    Dr. Mark T. Esper is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Business, Consulting, Foreign Policy, Government, Homeland Security and Terrorism, International Relations, Leadership Speakers, Military, Political Speakers.
  • Where does Dr. Mark T. Esper travel from?

    Dr. Mark T. Esper generally travels from USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Dr. Mark T. Esper’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Dr. Mark T. Esper for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Mark T. Esper for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Dr. Mark T. Esper or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Dr. Mark T. Esper is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as A Global Outlook: How Geopolitics Affect Your Business, U.S. Foreign Policy: What Are the Top Issues Facing the U.S. Today?, Leadership: Caring for Your Most Important Asset, Your People and National Security: What the U.S Government Can Do to Protect America Today While Readying for the Future. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Mark T. Esper for your event is available upon request. Dr. Mark T. Esper generally travels from USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Robert D. Kaplan, Ray Mabus, Evelyn Farkas, Karl Eikenberry and Rye Barcott. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Mark T. Esper for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Dr. Mark T. Esper Speaking Topics

  • A Global Outlook: How Geopolitics Affect Your Business

    In this valuable address, Dr. Esper shares his expertise on the emerging geopolitical landscape, highlighting current trends and concerns to explain the potential risk and implications to companies, investors, and policymakers. Dr. Esper blends his extensive experiences in both private firms (private equity and venture capital) and public service to demonstrate a deep understanding of cause and effect on a global scale. Providing a high-level overview of the world’s hotspots – the people, places, and policies that investors and companies should be aware of – Dr. Esper can advise on strategy in a meaningful and impactful way. This discussion can be customized to address your organization’s current concerns.

  • U.S. Foreign Policy: What Are the Top Issues Facing the U.S. Today?

    In this riveting talk, Dr. Esper offers a substantial and insightful perspective on U.S. foreign policy, and the top issues facing the United States today. During his tenure as U.S. Secretary of Defense (2019-2020) and Commissioner for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (2007-2008), Esper successfully lead the Defense Department through an unprecedented time in the nation’s history: from conflict with Iran, an ongoing military campaign in Afghanistan, and counter-terrorist operations in the Middle East; to open competition with China and Russia amidst a fundamental shift in the geo-strategic environment. With experience as a corporate executive, Esper is in a unique position to address the challenges the U.S. faces globally while drilling down to the risks • and opportunities • that matter most to leaders, organizations, and policymakers.

  • Leadership: Caring for Your Most Important Asset, Your People

    In this impactful speech, Secretary Esper uses his informed experiences as a leader of two of the world’s largest and most complex organizations to discuss the necessity of having a clear vision, straightforward mission statement, and comprehensive strategy for your organization. Esper speaks to the importance of being able to articulate these things well to multiple audiences, and how to develop coherent plans for developing, implementing, and sustaining success. Mark Esper believes the most important elements of an organization’s success are the character, values, and culture of its leaders and employees. In this pragmatic yet motivational presentation, Esper also shares:

    • The importance of empowering and motivating your team by delegating authority, assigning mission-type objectives, and giving people room to surprise you
    • How to strike the right balance between the demands of the present and the needs of the future when today is right in your face
    • The criticality of diversity, inclusiveness, and respect in the workplace
    • How to identify, recruit, develop, and retain quality people, especially leaders
    • The importance of caring for your most important asset, your people
    • How to drive change and implement reform in today’s world

  • National Security: What the U.S Government Can Do to Protect America Today While Readying for the Future

    In this presentation, Secretary Esper addresses the challenges the U.S. faces globally, moving from region to region, and hot spot to hot spot, to share his insights about the challenges, trends, risks and opportunities that every leader and organization needs to be aware of. Esper’s remarks will cover topical issues, including:

    • What does the ascendance of China mean for the U.S. and the West in the 21st Century
    • How should America and its allies think about Russia over the next 10-15 years?
    • How real are regional threats to U.S. interests from countries like Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela?
    • How should the U.S. think about Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East?
    • What about transnational threats from terrorist groups and criminal organizations?
    • How do pandemics and climate change play into all of this?
    • What are the real challenges America faces in space and cyberspace?

    Esper also speaks to how the U.S. can develop and implement a whole-of-country approach – one that includes government at all levels, and the private sector in all of its shapes and sizes – to deal with these matters, including what the United States government can do to protect America today while readying itself for the future. And what does this all mean for your organization and its future?

Dr. Mark T. Esper Speaker Videos

  • Esper: Trump audio about classified documents 'stunning'
    CNN's Kaitlan Collins spoke with former defense secretary Marc Esper about new CNN reporting about former President Donald Trump's handling of classified documents, as well as the thwarted "armed...
    Ex-defense secretary lays out successful Ukraine counteroffensive
    Ukraine officials are urging silence over any potential news of a counteroffensive in order to protect plans. "CNN This Morning" speaks with former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on what makes up a...
  • CHAT: The Indispensable Leader: America in the 21st Century

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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.

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