Professional Speaker in Crisis Leadership & Decision Making
Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Darling, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)

As a public speaker, Robert Darling has addressed numerous academic, government, military, and civic organizations to include the CIA, FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Navy Space Warfare Center, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, Washington DC Chapter of the Program Management Institute, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Iona College, Defense Language School, and the Military Officers’ Association of America. He has also guest lectured on the subject of Crisis Leadership and Counterterrorism at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Robert Darling will adapt his presentations to fit your organization's goals and needs.

Keynote Presentation 

September 11, 2001 - The White House 
A Crisis Leadership Presentation 

On September 11th 2001, Lieutenant Colonel Darling was working in the White House Military Office and was initially tasked to coordinate airlift assets for the President’s evacuation to an undisclosed site. However, he was quickly recruited to provide his military expertise and became a key liaison between the Vice President, National Security Advisor and the Pentagon and worked directly with the National Command Authority to respond to the terrorist attacks.  Lieutenant Colonel Darling witnessed first hand the enormity of the crisis leadership decisions that were made that day on behalf of all Americans. 

*Your audience will learn what the 9/11 Commission was initially blocked from knowing; who knew what, when, and what specific actions were taken by our nation's highest leader's to defend America. 

*This presentation is insightful, inspirational, patriotic and will instill in every person the important role each of us play in supporting our warfighters as they continue to defend America. 

Training Sessions: (2 Hours Each)

Robert J. Darling can create an integrated crisis leadership and decision making training seminar using proven, subject matter experts from his company, Turning Point Crisis Management-USA, that will inform, inspire, motivate and build your organization’s resilience against the negative effects of any critical event. These cutting edge, interactive training sessions include;

  • The qualities and skills to be an effective Crisis Leader
  • The tenets of Crisis Decision Making
  • The art and challenge of Crisis Communications
  • Analyzing your Risks 
  • Establishing a resilient Crisis Management Program within your organization

Contact Robert Darling for More Information

A riveting speaker on the topics of crisis leadership and decision making, Robert J. Darling has impressed audiences all over the country. For more information about booking him to speak at your next event, simply complete the short form below or call him direct.

Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling, United States Marine Corps (Ret.)

Past Speaking Appearances

Mississippi State University, University of Iowa, Iowa State Building and Trades Conference, College of the Ozarks, Massachussetts Credit Union League Nebraska Credit Union League Penn State Altoona, Distinguished Speaker Series Altoona Navy League, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Iona College, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, PMI Washington DC, National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, FBI Academy, Quantico, VA, Tidewater Association of Service Contractors, MOAA – Military Officers’ Association of America

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Upcoming Speaking Appearances

Mankato, MN

Peoria, IL

New Orleans, LA

Edenton, NC

Manhattan, KS

Murfreesboro, TN

Rochester, IN

Quantico, VA

Alexandria, VA

Nashville, TN

Denver, CO

Chicago, IL

San Francisco, CA

Marysville, Ohio

Gatlinburg, TN

Kazakhstan, Central Asia

Asheville, NC

Wilmington, NC

Quantico, VA


Atlantic City, NJ

Frisco, Texas

Washington, DC

Atlanta, GA


Quantico, VA


What His Audiences are Saying


"All we can say is, WOW!"


“Great Speaker”

"Bob Darling was phenomenal."

“What a story - thanks for arranging this presentation.”

“Would give higher scores if they existed!!!”

“Great closing speaker!”

“Great moving speaker!”

“Outstanding! Also, very interesting.”

“Great speaker and great information.”

"He was absolutely wonderful! He was one of the best, if not the best, speaker I have ever booked."

"The most enlightening lecture I’ve ever heard."

"As Lt Col. Darling recounted his experience during the 9/11 tragedy, he focused on the strength of the nation’s leaders as they managed the situation and the audience was captivated. His message was clear and resonated with our attendees - leadership and crisis management were the difference between hope and despair. His presentation was powerful and you could hear a pin drop yet he was spirited, positive and spoke with everyone who approached him. He was charming and easy to work with and I highly recommend him as a speaker at your event."
- Jenn M. Zorn, Sr Vice President/Director of Education and Business Development New Jersey Bankers Association

“Engaging, riveting, and fascinating are just a few words that can be used to describe Lt. Colonel Robert Darling’s keynote presentation at our annual conference. With powerful content and a gift for captivating his audience, he is simply dynamic on stage.”
– Michael Delucchi, Executive Director, Western Bankers Association

"Lt. Colonel Robert Darling gives a riveting, first-hand account of what really happened in Washington, DC on September 11, 2001. This tragic, pivotable moment in our nation's history, brought forth a surge of American patriotism not seen since World War II, and established a new generation of men and women dedicated to defending our freedoms. His minute-by-minute account of the morning of 9/11, the split-second decisions made, and the enduring legacy of the leaders who defended our country is unforgettable. Bob kept us on the edge of our seats, literally, with a powerful message that resonated with our members. His message is positive, inspiring, and real. He is a gifted speaker who interacted with ease with our attendees. I highly recommend him for your next event."

~Guy E Young, Executive Director, Auto Haulers Association of America

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Robert J. Darling Bio

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col.

Cobra “Attack Helicopter” Pilot

Marine Helicopter Squadron One Presidential Pilot for President Bill Clinton

White House Airlift Operations Officer who, during the attack on America on 9/11/01, responded to the underground White House Bunker Complex and stood shoulder to shoulder with America’s highest leaders as they made unprecedented crisis leadership decisions on behalf of all Americans.

Author : “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01”

CEO of Quantitative Analytics, LLC

Managing Partner of Turning Point Crisis Management-USA

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