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Keynote - Lt. Col. Robert Darling (Ret.)
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APRIL 27, 2018
7:30 am - 4:30 pm



Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling, USMC (Ret.)

"Crisis Leadership and HR Decision Making: How to Be Your Best When the Worst Happens"
Join Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling (Ret.) and learn what actually happened on 9/11 from underground at the White House and be inspired by what our leaders were willing to do to protect us all and our nation.

Lt. Colonel Darling will define crisis leadership and explain how business continuity and disaster recovery plans are important for managing the workplace. He will share Assess, Decide and Act tools that help with making rapid, critical decisions, leading from the front and ensuring strategic plans address the health, safety and welfare of our employees. How HR and organizational leaders collaborate ensures our human capital is taken care of in all crisis management and business continuity plans. Learn the importance of being visible, remaining calm, taking responsibility and showing empathy so your workforce can recover and heal quickly.

About Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling, USMC (Ret.)

In October 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty ears of active duty service. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope.  In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that Lt. Col. Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001.  In

May 2002, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his MBA in Financial Management and subsequently served as a Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Operations supporting the Department of the Navy Flying Hour Program.


As a public speaker on crisis leadership and decision making, Bob has addressed numerous academic, government, and military organizations to include Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as a guest lecturer on the subject of Crisis Leadership and Counterterrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


Bob is the author of “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House and the President and CEO of Quantitative Analytics, LLC and Turning Point Crisis Management-USA, a crisis leadership, decision making, and management consulting company located in Stafford, Virginia.



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