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Speaker Spotlight

Introducing U.S. Air Force Retired Chief Master Sergeant and Former Command Chief Master Sergeant of Air University – Todd Simmons.  With over 25 years in the United States Air Force, Todd served in various leadership capacities, both internationally and conus, concluding as the Command Chief Master Sergeant of Air University, a 3-star command. He oversaw the largest education system and professional development portfolio covering over 600,000 personnel. He shares an incredible passion for helping the community and loves guiding individuals in their pursuit of happiness & success. Todd’s greatest source of inspiration comes from witnessing ordinary people achieve extraordinary goals!   

Client Feedback

Patrick Alston, CSM, U.S. Army (Ret.)

“We just had CSM(ret) Alston deliver his ‘Leadership in the 21st Century’ brief to 52 Air Force Sr Enlisted Leaders and he just crushed it. The attendees are very interested in bringing him to their bases. Appreciate all you and the team do!”

CMSgt Kruzelnick, Command Chief for Air Mobility Command


Todd Simmons’s presentation yesterday was nothing short of amazing. He delivered a very valuable message that was well received by all attendees and was a highlight of our event. Thank so much for supporting our team!”

93rd Air Ground Operations Wing

Attending a presentation by CSM Alston is an experience like no other. His dynamic presence, coupled with his natural charisma, instantly grabs your attention, and holds it throughout. He weaves anecdotes, humor, and real-life experiences seamlessly into his talks, making every moment engaging and thought-provoking. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or a newcomer to the field, CSM Alston’s speeches leave you inspired, empowered, and hungry to put his insights into action.

CSM Alston’s ideas on leadership, particularly regarding generational difference, are truly groundbreaking. He understands that diversity isn’t just about numbers but about embracing a multitude of perspectives and experiences. With his innovative approach, he fosters an environment where every voice is heard, valued, and respected. If you’re seeking fresh insights on leadership in the modern world, CSM Alston’s ideas are a must-listen!

Heather Bentley AFLCMC/EB-AQ | Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Todd Simmons, CMSgt, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)