The Essence of Leadership
“The essence of leadership is being responsible for the destiny of others.” This powerful belief, gained while leading troops into combat in Vietnam, is the cornerstone of Dr. Richard Carmona’s highly successful approach to leadership. In this inspiring presentation, he shares poignant examples of leading change in multiple disciplines and vastly different organizations. He tells you what it takes to transform cultures, disrupt mindsets, shift directions and achieve results. He also examines the essential elements of successful leadership: integrity, stewardship, mentorship, empowerment of workforce, and above all, selfless service. His memorable stories and instructive examples are universally applicable to any profession, industry or level of leadership. Your audience will leave motivated to lead by inspiration and positively transform their organizations— often, one person at a time.
From Dropout to Surgeon General & CEO
Former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona’s remarkable rise from poverty to prominence has defied the odds and inspired thousands. Born to a poor Hispanic immigrant family in New York City, he “ran the streets” of Harlem and lived in and out of homelessness and hunger while his mother struggled with substance abuse. By 17, he was a high school dropout on this way to becoming another grim statistic when he joined the U.S. Army. In this highly motivational presentation, Dr. Carmona talks about overcoming life’s obstacles and staying focused on achieving your dreams. He shares his path from homeless street kid to combat decorated Special Forces veteran, college graduate and top graduate of his medical school class. He also connects the life lessons leaned on this odds-defying journey to his extraordinary, multi-discipline career. With passion and optimism, Dr. Carmona challenges audiences to believe in themselves, reach for their highest goals, and achieve their true potential.
30 Days to a Better Brain or a Healthier, Happier Workplace
Drawing from his groundbreaking Canyon Ranch book, Dr. Carmona shares practical ways to optimize brain function to improve productivity, decrease stress and maintain (and enhance) cognitive ability. By matching the latest behavior and neuroscience to specific audience interest, Dr. Carmona connects brain health to topics ranging from slowing Alzheimer’s to reducing employee health care costs. Citing the healthy lifestyle choices of active centenarians, he connects sleep, nutrition, stress, exercise, meditation and mindfulness to long term brain health. He also shows how just 30 days of lifestyle changes can yield short-term benefits such as sharper thinking, more energy, better memory, heightened attention span, safer driving and being more alert and attentive at work.
Immigration & the Border
As a police officer in Arizona, Dr. Carmona has worked in and around the U.S. border for decades. In this timely presentation, he shares insights formed at the intersection of health, law enforcement, homeland security, federal policy and the current debates surrounding immigration.
National Preparedness & Medical Care During Catastrophic Incidents
Bringing his experiences as a former Special Operations soldier, trauma surgeon, police officer and SWAT team leader, Dr. Carmona has published widely in the area of “all hazards” preparedness and serves on Departments of Defense and Homeland Security work groups. He is an internationally recognized expert on both the tactics for, and provision of, medical care during catastrophic incidents. Sharing lessons learned from bombings, national disasters and studying response models from around the world, Dr. Carmona tailors his talk to audience interest and provides essential information for preparedness in an increasingly dangerous world.
A Vision of the Future of Technology & Medicine
Improving Patient Quality & Safety
PTSD & Mental Illness
The Future of Healthcare