Mike Mears retired as the CIA’s Chief of Human Capital and is a Senior Fellow at The Conference Board. 

He founded and headed the CIA Leadership Academy and trains and consults on leadership and management to government and private sector organizations. 

Prior to CIA, Mike was a senior vice president at GE Investments where he managed private equity funds, was a turnaround specialist, and a Six Sigma Black Belt.  Before that, he launched small business start-ups and was president of a fast-food company.  

In the military, Mike served as commander of a nuclear missile site, and a general’s aide, and was decorated for valor as a combat platoon leader. 

He earned his undergraduate degree at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mike teaches or taught leadership at the Department of Defense, Georgetown, the University of Salzburg, the University of Maryland, and the National Intelligence University. 

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