Mike Mears is a leadership speaker and consultant to government and private sector organizations. Along with his CIA operational experience, Mike brought about numerous innovations, and founded and headed the CIA Leadership Academy. He retired as the Agency’s Chief of Human Capital.
Prior to joining the CIA, Mike was senior vice president at GE investments where he managed private equity funds, was a turnaround specialist, and a Six Sigma Black Belt. Before that, he launched eleven small business start-ups, and was president of a fast-food company. Mike served as commander of a nuclear missile site, a general’s aide, and as a U.S. Army combat platoon leader in Vietnam where he was decorated for valor. For his exemplary contributions, Mr. Mears received the Kellogg School of Management achievement award, the National Security Agency’s (NSA) highest award from its Directorate of Operations, and the CIA Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. Mike earned his undergraduate degree at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mike is the author of Leadership Elements: A Guide to Building Trust.