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"Captain Richard Phillips was fantastic and gave a top-notch presentation. His story showing great courage and endurance was remarkable. People really resonated with what he said, and in these difficult economic times, we think the audience wanted to hear a good outcome, for a change, that showed leadership and heroism at its best."

- Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

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Here is a sample list of the numerous organizations who have hosted Captain Phillips to speak: 

  • ASIS International
  • CUNA and Affiliates
  • North East Roofing Contractor Association
  • Network Services Company
  • Cohn & Wolfe
  • Memphis World Trade Club
  • Boys & Girls Harbor of Houston
  • Vermont Information Processing
  • Pennsylvania Chamber Of Business And Industry
  • Minit Markets
  • Auto Glass Safety Council
  • Port of Los Angeles


Richard Phillips

  • Hero of the High Seas and Real Life Inspiration for the Movie Captain Phillips
  • Captain of the Maersk Alabama, Hijacked by Somali Pirates
  • Author, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. 

Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates , Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was also transformed into an Academy-Award and Golden-Globe nominated film, Captain Phillips, which hit the big screens in fall of 2013.

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Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips

An amazing leader...a highly intriguing story...a presentation of remarkable impact for your next meeting. Captain Phillips not only shares his compelling story - presented in his warm, highly personal style, but as a "floating CEO" in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship and the crew he managed, he also draws lessons from those dramatic events that can help your audience and your organization survive and thrive, even in these times when hope and support seem to be in very short supply. He will discuss the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, combined with a belief in the power and potential of yourself and your team, as seen through the eyes of an unassuming hero who conquered an extraordinary challenge. This "Hero of the High Seas" has a powerful and timely message that will dramatically energize and inform your next meeting.

Richard Phillips Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

Though Captain Phillips describes himself as a "regular guy," the world knows that his actions were anything but ordinary after the pirate attack. His harrowing and heroic efforts to survive an ordeal that riveted the world were only matched in valor by his decisive actions to save his crew and the ship they sailed.  President Obama said, "I share the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans." Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Tom Hanks.

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