About Alvin Townley

Telling stories of leadership, legacy, and purpose

Best-selling New York Times-reviewed author and Emmy-winning documentary storyteller Alvin Townley has traveled the world to define great legacies and discover inspiring stories of leadership and purpose.

St. Martin's Press and Scholastic Press, New York, have published his five nationally-acclaimed books. He is part of the Emmy-winning team behind the PBS film Jeremiah, which won Best Historical Documentary.

Alvin has talked leadership with icons like Michael Bloomberg, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, President Jimmy Carter, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Jim Lovell of Apollo 13, J.W. Marriott, Jr., and Unbroken's Louie Zamperini, as well as Olympians, entrepreneurs, Navy SEALs, NBA and NFL athletes, and leaders of all generations.

Alvin has been invited to speak about leadership and legacy at hundreds of venues nationwide including The White House and U.S. Capitol; CNN, FOX, and NPR have featured his expertise.

An Eagle Scout and NCAA athlete, Alvin studied politics and economics in Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, and London before graduating Washington & Lee University. He has worked in the U.S. Congress; managed global strategy for a leading 85,000-person firm; led external relations for a Grammy- and Tony-winning national arts center; and recorded stories on five continents and three deployed aircraft carriers.

A Georgia Author of the Year, he lives outside his hometown of Atlanta, close to the rivers and trails he loves to enjoy with his wife Suzanne and their two children.

Book reviews

'Authentic' - Medal of Honor recipient and POW Bud Day
'Compelling' - Quarterback Peyton Manning
'Gripping' - The New York Times
'Exhilarating' - Publishers Weekly
'Inspiring' - President Jimmy Carter
'Inspirational' - Defense Secretary Robert Gates
"Invaluable" - Mayor Michael Bloomberg
"Riveting" - Senator John McCain
"Superb" - J.W. Marriott, Jr.
"Unforgettable" - Jimmy Carter


The Coca-Cola Company
Cushman & Wakefield
Delta Air Lines
Emory University, Goizueta Business School
The Home Depot
Merrill Lynch
U.S. Capitol
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
USS Stockdale (DDG 106)
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
The White House


Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
President Jimmy Carter
Admiral, POW, and Senator Jeremiah Denton
Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Bill Gates, Sr.
Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson
Captain Jim Lovell of Apollo 13
J.W. Marriott, Jr.
Ross Perot
Tuskegee Airman Percy Sutton
POW and Olympian Louie Zamperini of Unbroken

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