BREAKING

COVER

My Secret Life in the CIA

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The CIA is looking for walking contradictions.

You must keep secrets but skillfully persuade others to tell you theirs. You have to love your country but willingly leave it behind for dangerous operations around the world. You need to live a double life but be trustworthy enough to carry out the nation’s most sensitive tasks.

Michele Rigby Assad was one of those people. Working undercover for the CIA, she served in treacherous areas throughout the Middle East—a woman leading some of the most highly skilled operatives on the planet.

The threats were real.

The missions were perilous.

And deep inside, Michele wondered: Could she really do this job or had she misunderstood her life’s calling?

In Breaking Cover, Michele has at last been cleared to drop cover and tell her story of incredible struggle, of unexpected challenges and thwarted missions, and most significantly, of powerfully realizing what really matters in the face of her greatest fears.

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About Michele Rigby Assad

Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. Trained as a counterterrorism specialist, Michele served her country for ten years, working in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations.

Upon retirement from active service, Michele and her husband Joseph (also a former agent) joined a group of Americans who wished to aid persecuted Christians. Their efforts resulted in the evacuation of a group from northern Iraq that was featured on ABC’s 20/20 in December 2015.

Michele holds a master’s degree in Contemporary Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Today she serves as a keynote speaker, trainer, and international security consultant.

Photograph by Axel Muench  www.axelmuench.com

Michele on Megan Kelly Today
“A Southern Belle To CIA Spy”

Michele on ABC’s 20/20 special
“Escaping ISIS”

Turning Liabilities into Advantages
TEDxLSSC

Intuition is Marketable — Lessons From the CIA TEDxBinghamtonUniversity

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Michele Rigby Assad

Michele is a global thought leader whose extensive knowledge and unique stories translate into every industry:

  • Keynotes and Inspirational Presentations (Corporate events which includes tech and social media industries, finance, banking, financial planners, insurance, sales, women’s leadership, human resources, civic organizations, national nonprofits, and faith-based groups.)
  • Television Interviews (Subject Matter Expert: intelligence operations, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, national security, foreign affairs with a focus on the Middle East, behavioral interviewing techniques, and vetting/interrogating information)
  • Podcasts 
  • Customized Training (law enforcement, corporate security and counterintelligence divisions, national athletes and sports management teams–players, recruiters, management)

Michele’s presentations are customized for conference objectives, event themes, and audience composition.

What Dealing With Terrorists Taught Me About Sales, Negotiations and Unconscious Bias

    • How to build rapport using intelligence profiling secrets
    • How to read body language to learn how others are experiencing you or the environment
    • Learn to leverage a technique called “framing” to avoid confrontation and find ways to exploit areas of commonality

My Advantage as a Woman in the CIA

    • Use in-the-field techniques to turn challenging situations around so that you leave conversations in a positive way
    • Leverage women’s intuition to gain an “unfair” advantage in high-stakes negotiations
    • Ninja strategies to engage women and minorities in important conversations for collaboration and growth

Going Undercover: Finding Your Purpose in a Dangerous World

    • Secrets for escaping an attack or surviving an ambush that you can apply to pushing out of your comfort zone
    • How “going to war” teaches you to manage fear and elevates your game to elite levels
    • The role of faith in dealing with terrorists — and overcoming in life

Past Keynotes and Corporate Training Events

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