Captain Richard Phillips

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We all aspire to live bravely in the face of life’s significant challenges, but few of us are tested under the guns of hostile pirates who threaten our leadership, authority, lives and colleagues. Before Somali pirates hijacked Captain Richard Phillips’ cargo ship and held him captive for five days, making him the center of a riveting international drama that played out live on television, he was as normal as each of us, doing our best at work and home.

Phillips will share his compelling story and relate his experience as a “floating CEO,” in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million-dollar ship and the crew he managed. Phillips draws on lessons from those dramatic events that can help you survive and thrive. He will discuss the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, combined with a belief in the power and potential of yourself and your team. Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Dangerous Days at Sea.