Patrick Alston
Retired Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army. Former Command Senior Enlisted Leader, USSTRATCOM
Background: Featured Speakers | Former NCO | Military Leaders
Topic: Business Strategy, Change Management, Corporate Culture, Decision Making, Diversity & Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Generations & Demographics, Innovation, Inspiration & motivation, Leadership, National Security

Speaker Profile

Summary: Command Sergeant Major Patrick Z. Alston is a Senior Fellow for the National Defense University’s Capstone and Keystone programs. He is also a Senior Consultant with Burlington Capital Corporation, a diverse investment management firm located in Omaha, Nebraska, and he is also the Chief of Staff for Flatter, Inc., a premier support service company that provide Support Services Solutions to our Government.

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? 

As a strategic thinker, I assist leaders in redesigning organizational culture to achieve maximum effectiveness. My extensive leadership portfolio and life experiences coupled with partnership building techniques, has facilitated a unique perspective that has made me one of the most sought-after consultants in the areas of strategy, leadership, and culture.   

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. 

My areas or expertise is Leadership, Organizational Change Management, Resiliency and Vulnerability, Suicide Prevention, Veteran’s Mental Health, Education, and Team Development.  My 35.5 years of service in the military has equipped me to articulate some of the most profound conversations on these topics delivered in diverse platforms.  

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

I have served at every level of Leadership, highlighting my time as the United States Strategic Command-Command Senior Enlisted Leader; Defense Threat Reduction Agency-Command Senior Enlisted Leader; Regimental Command Sergeant Major for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Corps. As a civilian, I would like to highlight my role as the only enlisted Senior Fellow for National Defense University.       

What are some speaking events you’ve supported recently?

  • 89th Air Wing – Offsite 
  • Coast Guard – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Event 
  • Air Force Sergeants Association 
  • Nebraska National Apartment Association 
  • Burlington Capital Corporation Leadership Offsite 

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

  • Chemical Corps Review 
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency Times 
  • Army Times 
  • Omaha Herald Newspaper 
  • United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Times 

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