Captain Richard Phillips

Wednesday, April 26 - First General Session keynote speaker

On April 8, 2009, four Somali pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama when it was located around 300 nmi (560 km) southeast of the Somalian port city of Eyl. With a crew of 20, the ship was carrying 17,000 metric tons of cargo - including 5,000 metric tons of relief supplies bound for Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda. The captain of that vessel was our First General Session keynote speaker, Capt. Richard Phillips.

While we all aspire to live bravely in the face of life's significant challenges, few of us are tested by  pirates who threaten our leadership and authority, our lives, and the lives of our colleagues. Capt. Phillips will speak to Annual Workshop attendees; giving them the real story, behind the scenes information, and discussing how leadership during adversity - in even the most dangerous situations - can get you and your team out of seemingly impossible situations.

Captain Richard Phillips is the author of A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, about his experience and his remarkable rescue. This dramatic story was also transformed into an Academy-Award and Golden-Globe nominated film, Captain Phillips, which hit the big screens in fall of 2013.

Captain Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union, and a licensed American merchant mariner. He became Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009.