#iFIRELAFTC // May 4-6, 2020
Long Beach Convention Center - Seaside Ballroom // Long Beach, CA 90802
The topic of leadership is one of the most often presented topics at any conference or training symposium. This track is designed to place specific emphasis on the knowledge, skills and abilities required for effective leadership with the fire service.
Presented by recognized and highly accomplished leaders these sessions will provide attendees with a better understanding of what effective leadership looks like, how to serve as an effective leader and how to overcome some of the most common and uncommon challenges you may face as a company or chief officer.
Last updated: February 14, 2020
Corinne has conducted extensive academic research on diversity and inclusion in the fire service and has consulted with numerous fire departments about their workplace cultures. She applies leading social science to provide an evidentiary basis to help the fire service leaders achieve their diversity and inclusion goals.
John became Chief of Fairfax County in Northern Virginia in July. He joined the Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services in 1993. He was appointed chief in 2014. John has served as a firefighter-paramedic, battalion chief, emergency medical services chief, and administrative chief. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years. He holds a master’s from Johns Hopkins University. He’s a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program. He is a member of the IAFC’s Human Relations Committee and Maryland’s Emergency Medical Services Board.
Kwame brings his 38 years of lived experience and leadership with the Los Angeles Fire Department’s evolution in diversity and inclusion to the foundation of this training program. He provides leadership and diversity training in fire service communities throughout the U.S., internationally, and as an instructor at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Leadership Academy, the National Fire Academy and the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy and the Harvard Kennedy School’s executive leadership program. He is currently a candidate in pursuit of a doctorate degree in organizational leadership at Grand Canyon University.
Brian is a 30-year fire service veteran, serving as fire chief in Shreveport (LA) and Plano (TX), administrative officer for Shreveport and is currently a senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Willis-Knighton Health System. He is a Certified Public Manager, Certified Emergency Manager, and a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer and Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government programs. In 2017, he was appointed to the Louisiana State Police Commission and in 2018 to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board. Brian possesses a master’s from Louisiana Tech University.
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy West Point, Rob is a former scholar-athlete, a scout and attack helicopter pilot, and Captain in the U.S. Army. In collaboration with the All American Leadership team, he has developed a unique and powerful culture-and-leadership approach for organizational performance and success. For over three decades, working with hundreds of senior leaders and their teams (including CEOs, military leaders, fire chiefs, and others), Rob has repeatedly leveraged this model to accelerate growth and performance, operating from the belief that the greatest success is achieved by inspiring, empowering, and challenging everyone in the organization.
Rick has a bachelor’s in civil engineering and a master’s in ecology. A National Outdoor Leadership School senior faculty member, he has 32 years and 340 weeks teaching leadership in the forests, glaciers, slopes, cliffs, and rivers of six continents. These include six leadership, 380 expeditions with wildland firefighters, four expeditions with NASA astronauts, 11 with executives, three with Naval Academy faculty and midshipmen, six with land managers, and many more with MBA students. With a certificate in non-profit management, Rick served for 7 years as the director of the school’s professional training.