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Robert J. Darling

Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling

A riveting speaker that will inspire your audience to overcome challenges and maximize their potential both in business and in life

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Price range

  • $7,500
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  • Change
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Inspirational
  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Risk Management
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  • Military
  • About

    Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty years of active duty service in October 2007. He flew Cobra attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One and in October 2000, he was selected to work for The White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that, then Major Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001.

    Bob graduated from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY with a BA in Economics in 1987. Upon graduation he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant aboard the USS Intrepid. In 2002 Bob attended the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA where he earned his MBA in Financial Management.

    At the urging of family, friends, and colleagues to share his witness to American history, Bob wrote his memoir, “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House. He continues to share his personal experience and knowledge of crisis leadership with many military, corporate, and university audiences nationwide. He is the President of Quantitative Analytics, LLC, an aviation operations and logistics consulting company located in Stafford, Virginia.

    As a public speaker, Robert Darling has addressed numerous academic, government, military, and civic organizations to include the CIA, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Navy Space Warfare Center, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, Washington DC Chapter of the Program Management Institute, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Iona College, Defense Language School, and the Military Officers’ Association of America. He has also guest lectured on the subject of Crisis Leadership and Counterterrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

    Robert Darling will adapt his presentations to fit your organization’s goals and needs.

  • Videos
  • Program

    Keynote | Educational | Inspirational | Motivational

    On September 11th, 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Darling was working in the White House Military Office and was initially tasked to coordinate airlift assets for the President’s evacuation to an undisclosed site. However, he was quickly recruited to provide his military expertise and became a key liaison between the Vice President, National Security Advisor and the Pentagon and worked directly with the National Command Authority to respond to the terrorist attacks.  Lieutenant Colonel Darling witnessed first hand the enormity of the crisis leadership decisions that were made that day on behalf of all Americans. 

    *Your audience will learn what the 9/11 Commission was initially blocked from knowing; who knew what, when, and what specific actions were taken by our nation’s highest leader’s to defend America. 

    *This presentation is insightful, inspirational, patriotic and will instill in every person the important role each of us plays in supporting our warfighters as they continue to defend America. 

    Breakout | Educational | Motivational

    Robert J. Darling can create an integrated crisis leadership and decision making training seminar using proven, subject matter experts from his company, Turning Point Crisis Management-USA, that will inform, inspire, motivate and build your organization’s resilience against the negative effects of any critical event. These cutting-edge, interactive training sessions include;

    • The qualities and skills to be an effective Crisis Leader
    • The tenets of Crisis Decision Making
    • The art and challenge of Crisis Communications
    • Analyzing your Risks 
    • Establishing a resilient Crisis Management Program within your organization
  • Review
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    “Engaging, riveting, and fascinating are just a few words that can be used to describe Lt. Colonel Robert Darling’s keynote presentation at our annual conference. With powerful content and a gift for captivating his audience, he is simply dynamic on stage.”

    Western Bankers Association Michael D.
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    “As Lt Col. Darling recounted his experience during the 9/11 tragedy, he focused on the strength of the nation’s leaders as they managed the situation and the audience was captivated. His message was clear and resonated with our attendees - leadership and crisis management were the difference between hope and despair. His presentation was powerful and you could hear a pin drop yet he was spirited, positive and spoke with everyone who approached him. He was charming and easy to work with and I highly recommend him as a speaker at your event.”

    New Jersey Bankers Association Jenn Z.
Engaging, riveting, and fascinating are just a few words that can be used to describe Lt. Colonel Robert Darling’s keynote presentation at our annual conference. With powerful content and a gift for captivating his audience, he is simply dynamic on stage.
Western Bankers Association Michael D.