I’m pleased to announce a public speaking engagement, coming soon. On Friday, Sept. 11, I’ll be the kick-off speaker for the Fall season of the Leadership Breakfast of Maryland. My invited talk will be a multimedia presentation with references to art and culture, science and technology, aimed at Washington metro area business leaders. The talk starts at 7:30 a.m. sharp—bright and early!—with time for Q&A to follow. Business attire. Interested in attending? Send me a note and I’ll arrange a guest pass.

Here's a description about the talk:


Why do we do this? Why do we amass capital and labor, energy and initiative, and declare that we’re capable of being in charge? An obvious answer asserts that we just want to be profitable and need a team to get the job done. A simplistic answer suggests that we have confidence in our experience, our ideas, and our selves. An even simpler answer is that someone’s got to make decisions for a group, so it might as well be you.

This isn’t going to be that talk.

Great leaders throughout history embody something deeper, more resonant, and ultimately more powerful. Having authority is one thing, but genuine leadership draws from less tangible sources, with roots into areas that extend far beyond ordinary organizational charts.

In this compelling and provocative presentation, filmmaker, writer, and media consultant Michael Starobin recasts leadership as less about steering your ship to a point on a map and more about a shared romantic pursuit to a place somewhere over the horizon. This isn’t a talk about amorous romance.  Instead, it will present romantic ideals in the context of the word’s roots, namely storytelling, passions, and a desire for engagement with the world. Michael will make a case for why most people need something beyond a paycheck to take a leader seriously. This will be a compelling multi-media presentation with references to art and culture, science and technology…and an event you won’t want to miss.

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