Lt. General Russel L. Honoré

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When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, the devastation was more than anyone could have imagined. Images of the city drowning in the waters of the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain, and the dire conditions in the Louisiana Superdome and Convention Center broadcast to the world that the United States was ill-equipped and unprepared to deal with such a terrible disaster. In spite of the chaos and devastation, one leader emerged and ultimately restored order and hope: LTG Russel Honoré, Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina.

Today, this captivating figure and in-demand speaker is raising awareness about the need to create a culture of preparedness. By focusing our attention on the "left side of disaster"- the crisis before it happens - organizations and individuals can respond to the unexpected and uncontrollable. Gen. Honoré addresses how businesses, policymakers and the citizenry can solve a broad array of issues---from healthcare and energy to jobs and new technologies---simultaneously lowering costs and conserving resources, by emphasizing prevention, social entrepreneurship, and innovation.

In September 2008, Gen. Honoré joined CNN as the emergency preparedness contributor to CNN Worldwide. His book, Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters, was published by Simon & Schuster in May 2009.

Speaking Topics

See First, Understand First, Act First: Leadership and Preparedness in the 21st Century
Gen. Russel Honoré was widely hailed by the media as the "Category 5 General" who led Task Force Katrina in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane. A no-nonsense and authentic leader, Russel Honoré shares his deeply-held principles for operating in the NEW NORMAL - a world where unpredictability and volatility are ever present. Always delivered with his trademark Creole wit and candor, Honoré's engaging talks connect with audiences of all types and highlight.

  • Developing a Culture of Preparedness
  • The Difference Between "Leadership" and Management
  • Leaders Take Care of Their People
  • The Art of Getting Things Done (a.k.a. - mission execution)
  • The Power of Moving Together Simultaneously (lessons from geese)

As an American hero after Katrina, Gen. Honoré is raising awareness across the country on preparedness and the need to think to "the left side of disaster." As a 37-year US Army veteran and three-star general responsible for training 430,000 soldiers for deployment, Gen. Honoré on leadership shows how open communication, caring and trust from the top will transform your group into a high performance unit.

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