Gain Fresh Perspective On Overcoming Struggles and Challenges

What can covert counter terrorism missions tell you about leading boardroom meetings? How do dealings with terrorists give you business building insight? How can you use your advantages to gain purpose and an upper hand? Michele Rigby Assad, former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations, teaches you how to create your own destiny and apply intelligence lessons to workplace productivity, sales and team culture.

Trained as a counterterrorism specialist, Michele served her country for ten years, working in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations. She began her career in the government relations department of an international relief and development organization in Washington, DC, in 1995. She joined the CIA in January 2002 to work as an intelligence officer in the Directorate of Operations, the covert arm of the agency. Specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence issues, Michele worked in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations.

To date, Michele has lived in six countries in the Near East region and traveled to more than forty-five others. After a decade of government service, Michele left the undercover life to serve as a public speaker, author, trainer, and international security consultant focused on the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

Her book, Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For, published by Tyndale Momentum, was released February 2018 and is currently in production to be made into a major motion picture.

She and her husband, Joseph, live in Florida. Michele holds a master’s degree in contemporary Arab studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a political science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Michele credits student-led mission trips to Egypt, Russia, and Ukraine and a study abroad program in Egypt, Israel, and the West Bank as being the catalysts for her passion for foreign cultures and international travel. The year she spent studying in the Middle East changed the course of her life, taking her from rural central Florida to the front lines of the war on terror.

TOPICS

HOW TO “BREAK COVER” AND BREAK THROUGH THE FINANCIAL CHAOS

In today’s changing global economy it is not surprising that people feel a sense of instability. Every day there’s concerning news about what is happening in the stock market. Similarly, there’s a high level of on-going fear with terrorism that strikes to the core of our world. As an undercover CIA operative Michele shares her experiences, challenges and techniques of overcoming obstacles even through difficult and dangerous situations. She will walk through the parallels of the life of a spy and being a financial advisor.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

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.

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.

WHAT DEALING WITH TERRORISTS TAUGHT ME ABOUT BUSINESS

  • How to build rapport using intelligence profiling secrets
  • How to read body language to learn how others are experiencing you or the environment
  • Learn to leverage a technique called “framing” to avoid confrontation and find ways to exploit areas of commonality

MY ADVANTAGE AS A WOMAN IN THE CIA

  • Use in-the-field techniques to turn challenging situations around so that you leave conversations in a positive way
  • Leverage women’s intuition to gain an “unfair” advantage in high-stakes negotiations
  • Ninja strategies to engage women and minorities in important conversations for collaboration and growth

GOING UNDERCOVER: FINDING YOUR PURPOSE IN A DANGEROUS WORLD

  • Secrets for escaping an attack or surviving an ambush that you can apply to pushing out of your comfort zone
  • How “going to war” teaches you to manage fear and elevates your game to elite levels
  • The role of faith in dealing with terrorists – and overcoming in life
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