Simon Sinek: ‘A Visionary Thinker with a Rare Intellect’ to Keynote at NAFA I&E

Sinek offers an uncon­ven­tion­al per­spec­tive that explains why some peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions are more inno­v­a­tive, more prof­itable, com­mand greater loy­al­ty and — most impor­tant­ly — are able to repeat their suc­cess again and again. His uncon­ven­tion­al and inno­v­a­tive views on busi­ness and lead­er­ship have attract­ed inter­na­tion­al atten­tion, and earned him invi­ta­tions to meet with lead­ers in a wide range of sec­tors, includ­ing tech­nol­o­gy, the mil­i­tary, and gov­ern­ment.

“You may say Simon’s an opti­mist, but he’s not the only one,” said NAFA’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Phillip E. Rus­so, CAE.  “His vision for inno­va­tion and inspi­ra­tion is sure to strike a chord with our atten­dees.  Fleet man­agers are used to being tasked with doing more with less – a sit­u­a­tion that relies on cre­ativ­i­ty and strong lead­er­ship skills.  Sinek’s pre­sen­ta­tion is a per­fect com­ple­ment to the Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions that are a major com­po­nent of this year’s con­fer­ence.”

A trained ethno­g­ra­ph­er, Sinek is an adjunct staff mem­ber of the RAND Cor­po­ra­tion, one of the most high­ly regard­ed think tanks in the world, and teach­es grad­u­ate-lev­el strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty. He has spo­ken to a wide array of clients, includ­ing Microsoft, Mars, Intel, 3M, the Unit­ed States Mil­i­tary, Mem­bers of the Unit­ed States Con­gress, the Ambas­sadors of Bahrain and Iraq, mul­ti­ple gov­ern­ment agen­cies, and entre­pre­neurs. He has also pre­sent­ed at the Unit­ed Nations, to the senior lead­er­ship of the Unit­ed States Air Force, and to the senior lead­ers of NASA. The talk that he gave at his first TEDx event, “How Great Lead­ers Inspire,” is one of the most shared TED Talks on TED.com.

In addi­tion to his speak­ing engage­ments, Sinek is the author of best­sellers: Start With Why (2009) and Lead­ers Eat Last (2013).  He also fre­quent­ly com­ments for the press includ­ing such media out­lets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, The Wash­ing­ton Post, Hous­ton Chron­i­cle, Fast­Com­pa­ny, and NPR, and is also a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to The Huff­in­g­ton Post.

NAFA’s annu­al con­fer­ence will take place April 8–11, 2014 in Min­neapo­lis, MN.  The four-day con­fer­ence is the fleet man­age­ment event of the year with more than 60 hours of edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions, an expo floor fea­tur­ing over 250 exhibitors with the lat­est prod­ucts and ser­vices, great net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Fleet Excel­lence Awards.

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