Navy SEAL Combat Veteran, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, and High-Performance Leadership Expert
Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa where his team’s primary objective was running capture or kill missions working in conjunction with the CIA. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, he turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, writer, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership to entrepreneurship and marketing.
Gleeson is the co-founder and CMO of Internet Marketing Inc., a full service digital marketing agency recognized by the prestigious Inc. 500 and The San Diego Business Journal as one of the fastest growing private companies in the country the last three years in a row.
Gleeson has also starred in several reality shows including NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes where he and Chris Kyle of American Sniper along with other former special operations professionals were paired with celebrities like Nick Lachey, Dean Cain, Todd Palin and Terry Crews to compete and raise money for charities like Wounded Warrior Project.
In his leadership presentations Gleeson shares lessons from the battlefield which he applies daily to growing and leading high performance teams in the business world. He was recently honored with the leadership award at the Brand Diego Awards in San Diego for his outstanding leadership achievements in the community. You can learn more about his leadership philosophies in his weekly columns on Inc.com and Forbes.com.
Gleeson earned his undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University, studied at Oxford University in England, and earned master degree in real estate finance and development from the University of San Diego.
Gleeson is on the Board of the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation and the San Diego Ad Club. His family is an Ambassador Family for March of Dimes.
Building High-Performance Teams & Leading During Times of Crisis (Virtual)
During this motivational talk, Brent draws connections between how high performance teams in any environment can leverage trust, teamwork and accountability to achieve their goals. He provides tools for improving trust that have a measurable economic impact on any organization. He also dives into how building a culture of accountability can have game changing effects and drive a team to achieve more than they ever expected to.
Leadership Lessons For Elite Teams
This presentation is specific to leadership at all levels. Brent compares stories from the battlefield, the lessons learned, and how those lessons apply to leadership at any level across any type of organization or team. Brent talks about how to build a culture of leadership, servant leadership, adaptive change management, and much more. The audience will leave with at least three key take aways that they can start applying to their personal and professionals lives immediately.
Leading Change: A Navy SEAL's Principles for Navigating Organizational Change
In today's more volatile, unpredictable and complex business environments businesses can find themselves in almost constant states of change. But more change initiatives fall short or fail due to a lack of leadership alignment, the proper culture founded on accountability and trust and poor discipline. In this presentation Gleeson provides actionable principles for managers to use in leading an organization through change.
Prioritizing People Culture and Values to Achieve Results
People, culture and values often have a reputation for being a "soft" element of management's priorities and not directly tied to improving profitability. Yet, many studies show that leading with culture makes an organization stronger, more resilient and much more profitable. Gleeson shares correlations between SEAL culture and high performance teams in business and how prioritizing people, culture and values drives a company to achieve better results.
Building High-Trust Organizations that Achieve Winning Results
Productivity, income and profits of any organization can be directly negatively or positively impacted depending on the levels of trust within the team. Trust is one of the most critical elements of a strong team culture that gets results and successfully navigates change. In this presentation, Gleeson shares the seven principles for building high-trust organizations: Integrity of Leadership, Investing in Respect, Empowering Everyone, Accountability for All, Creating a Winning Vision, Keeping the Team Informed, and Embracing Sacrifice.
Crushing Your Goals & Achieving the Impossible
This presentation is designed to motivate teams at all levels and across any type of organization. Brent shares stories from combat and talks about teamwork, persistence, adaptation, sacrifice, and how elite teams really achieve success and win. The audience will leave with at least three key takeaways that they can start applying to their personal and professionals lives immediately.
All Brent Gleeson Books
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Thank you for coming to our conference. You were a huge hit, and the reaction was extremely positive!
- Laz Martinez | Director of Human Resources, Nestle
I recently had the privilege of not only of getting to know Brent Gleeson, co-founder and CMO of Internet Marketing Inc, but also working with him on a leadership presentation to San Diego's SAGE Executive Group earlier this month. Brent is a dynamic, young entrepreneur and business leader who has the additional distinction of being a veteran of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs. I could not recommend Brent more highly for your keynote speaker.
- Jeff Campbell | Former CEO, Burger King
I heard from numerous guests in attendance during your speech, they were all blown away and considered you one of the best speakers they have ever heard.
- Jerry Casselano | Vice President, ProVenture
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- Alisha Nowlin | Boeing