U.S. Naval Academy Senior Leadership Fellow and best-selling New York Times-reviewed author Alvin Townley has spent 15 years traveling to five continents and four deployed aircraft carriers to gather stories of leadership, character, and courage.
He has talked life and leadership with the likes of Delta CEO Ed Bastian, Justice Stephen Breyer, Michael Bloomberg, Jimmy Carter, Robert Gates, Jim Lovell of Apollo 13, J.W. Marriott, Condoleezza Rice, UPS CEO Carol Tomé, and many others.
Alvin has found equal value in lessons shared by lesser-known leaders like Blue Angels, mountaineers, Peace Corps volunteers, entrepreneurs, and Olympians.
His keynote messages and academic presentations have helped clients inspire, inform, and motivate audiences of all sizes from coast to coast. Topics include:
Lead Like A Dad - Leaning into his upcoming book Father-Daughter, Alvin helps client audiences look at leadership from a surprising but universally relatable level.
The program introduces the Develop And Deploy (DAD) framework, which includes instilling four key beliefs in those you lead while preparing them to live out these values independently:
- Belief in Self (Confidence)
- Belief in Others (Respect)
- Belief in Mission (Purpose)
- Belief in You (Trust)
Laced with his extraordinary experiences as an expert, adventurer, and father, Alvin Townley's Lead Like A Dad presentation will bring a uniquely relatable, actionable, inspiring, and engaging message to your audience.
Defiant Leadership - Understanding and applying the example of Vietnam's leading Prisoners of War and their wives at home, who founded the POW-MIA movement. Key elements include:
- Innovative communication,
- Mission focus,
- Regenerative leadership, and
The Defiant Leadership talk has helped clients bring a uniquely catching and compelling experience-based perspective to audiences including leadership students and corporate executives.
The Character of Leadership - Leadership doesn't always look like you might expect. It comes from many types of individuals in many situations, but these individuals inevitably share defining (and teachable) character traits that mark our best leaders - and that will be required for our future.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss booking Alvin Townley for an event or presentation.
Selected clients, venues, and reviews are below.
'We were pleased to welcome Alvin Townley to our campus for a special veterans event. His personal connection with these heroes and his storytelling ability bring their stories of leadership and perseverance to life. Everyone left with a new appreciation for the POWs of Vietnam and the enduring relevance of their legacy.'
- Paul Jacobson, CFO, Delta Air Lines
'Alvin provided a meaningful real-life story of the triumph of leadership, teamwork, and perseverance. He connected with the audience and the University of Virginia's Darden School looks forward to his return!'
- John MacFarlane, Trustee, University of Virginia
'Among the best rated programs we've ever had.'
- Robert Balentine, Chairman, Balentine Wealth Management; President, Rotary Club of Atlanta
'Alvin's message, always delivered with passion, insight and acute awareness of his audience, inspires and informs individuals or large groups with equal effectiveness. He is a gifted speaker and a very astute listener.'
- Barry Norris, CEO, Greater Cleveland Council, Boy Scouts of America
'A wonderful uplifting presentation that everyone should see.'
- General Duane Thiessen, USMC (Ret.); CEO, National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation