Integrity and Leadership
An oxymoron? CEOs and political leaders are falling from their pinnacles—but only when they get caught. What were they doing wrong and how were they able to lead others at all? With over four decades experience in government and the private sector, Ambassador Bremer is in a unique position to discuss the principles of effective leadership. He puts “integrity” at the top of his list of essential leadership qualities. He believes these can be learned by example and by an emphasis on basic values.
A Keen Perspective on the Energy Crisis
As one of the world’s leading experts on political risks to business, Ambassador Bremer is well positioned to comment on economic and security issues arising from America’s continued dependence on energy from abroad. Ambassador Bremer provides his perspective on likely political and economic threats to supplier countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Iraq & the War on Terrorism
Based on firsthand experience, Ambassador Bremer recounts how the war in Iraq is related to our country’s national security. He addresses the current status of Iraq to shed light on controversial issues of the war and the ongoing battle against terrorism.
As U.S Presidential Envoy to Iraq from May 2003 through June 2004, Bremer headed the Coalition Provisional Authority during the critical first year following the fall of Saddam Hussein and was responsible for Coalition efforts to start rebuilding the country’s shattered political and economic structure. He received the Medal of Freedom for his service in Iraq.
A career diplomat, he held various posts with the State Department during the 1970s and was American Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1983 to 1986 and then Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism in the second Reagan Administration. Before returning to government service in Iraq, Bremer was a successful businessman.
Bremer is the author of My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope, which describes the many challenges the Coalition Provisional Authority faced in rebuilding Iraq. He also is the author of the e-book, From Sea to Shining Sea: Biking Across America with Wounded Warriors, an account of World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ 2010 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country ride.
Always looking to inspire and motivate others, Bremer founded the Lincoln/Douglass Scholarship Foundation, a Washington-based non-profit organization providing high school scholarships to inner city youths. Bremer also serves on the Board of Catholic Charities of Washington and is a Director of the National Fibromyalgia Association. Bremer served as the CEO and President of World T.E.A.M. Sports from November 2010 to March 2012.
He is married to author Frances Winfield, is the father of two and grandfather of four. Although Sea to Shining Sea was his first cross-country bicycling challenge, Bremer has also competed in triathlons and in marathons.