Douglas Padgett
Former Command Sergeant Major of South Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Background: Featured Speakers | Former NCO | Military Leaders
Topic: Business Strategy, Change Management, Decision Making, Diversity & Inclusion, Inspiration & motivation, Leadership, National Security

Speaker Profile

Summary: Douglas retired as a Division Command Sergeant Major and spent his extensive military career as a U.S. Army Engineer. He has delivered multiple keynote addresses to large audiences, with a specific focus in the areas of leading multi-functional organizations, building relationships, and influencing decisions. Douglas is also an ordained Pastor.

Why would a prospective client want you to be their keynote speaker or to support their speaking event? What are some compelling aspects of your background/career/experience that we should know about? 

I am passionate about people. My strengths are:

  • Building Relationships and Influencing Decisions
  • Developing and Training High Performing Teams
  • Leading Multi-functional organizations and work streams. 

What are your primary topics/areas of expertise? Some examples may include: Conflict resolution, International Relations, Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Cybersecurity, as well as specific countries or geographical regions. 

  • Leadership
  • Training and Development
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Counseling; Mentorship
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Faith Based Topics 

What are some positions you have held in your career that you would like prospective clients to know about?

  • Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of South Atlantic Division, United States Army Corps of Engineers – deployed the HQ element to Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma and Maria; restored power to both islands;  
  • CSM of the 14TH EN BN – deployed the battalion to Afghanistan; lead team to remove over 750 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) while clearing over 3000 KM of IED laden terrain;  
  • Served as a Drill Sergeant and Drill Sergeant Leader – trained the nation’s sons and daughters to become Soldiers; trained Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) to become Drill Sergeants.  
  • CSM of the 36 EN BDE – deployed the unit to West Africa in response to the ebola outbreak; constructed over 20 Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) to eradicate the ebola pandemic. 

What are some speaking events you’ve supported recently?

  • Keynote Speaker for South Atlantic Division (Mobile District) Black History Month 2020 – over 100 civilian employees;  
  • Guest Speaker for Boys With A Purpose Program – Family members and over 20 boys being mentored to become valued young citizens;  
  • Guest Speaker for Regional Leader Development Program (Jacksonville District) – emerging and future leaders of the district.  
  • Keynote Speaker for Black History Month 2021 Fort Gilem Enclave – Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members. 

Do you have any articles or publications? Have you been featured in any? If so, what were they? 

  • Engineer Magazine (May 2018) – featured; 
  • Edgefield Advertiser Newspaper- recognized for Douglas Padgett Day by hometown;  
  • Published for multiple articles on the topic of Outcomes Based Training. 

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