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Meet Anthony 'AB' Bourke

Fighter Pilot Speaker, Serial Entrepreneur, and Proven Business Leader

Anthony ‘AB’ Bourke’s 15 years of speaking to Fortune 1,000 and conference audiences around the world are a testament to his ability to motivate, energize and provide your team with real takeaways that they can implement the minute they walk out the door, challenged and inspired by his keynote speech.

As a United States Air Force fighter pilot, Anthony “AB” Bourke learned early in his career that the key to keeping individuals and organizations performing at their peak is a constant communication system where team members receive honest feedback on a regular basis delivered in a format that they expect. For fighter pilots, this feedback occurs after every single mission as part of a systematic ritual we call “The Debrief.”

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Keynote Speech Topics

speaking on leadership

Keynote Speaker on Leadership

All great leaders have a system for driving peak performance. This hard-charging, high-impact keynote offers your leaders the straightforward, critical tools that U.S. fighter pilots employ to lead their wingmen into the demanding environment of aerial combat.

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Culture of Apprenticeship

Military Speaker on Teamwork

There are many companies with great people and great strategies in the business world today. Ultimately the difference between the winners and the “also rans” comes down to Execution. The Military trains Fighter Pilots so that execution becomes second nature and reflexive. This keynote details how these principles can be applied to business teams.

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Fighter Pilot Speaker on Communication

A high impact Keynote focusing on how the world’s most successful enterprises – where results truly matter — achieve peak performance by creating a culture of honest and open feedback.

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Pilot Speaker Keynote on Innovation

In today’s rapidly changing world companies and their people must constantly innovate to stay ahead of the competition. While many people in business think only of Tech Entrepreneurs as the leading innovators of our day, there is no doubt that fighter pilots are constantly innovating to survive and thrive in the world of aerial combat.

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Latest Blog Posts

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Keynote Speaker on Medical Expert Interview Podcast

Fighter Pilot Speaker Anthony 'AB' Bourke interviews Stephen J Ronan, MD FACS. Both entrepreneurs, they compare and contrast fighter pilot combat & training practices with medical practices, ranging from quality control to technology megatrends impacting both fields. Stephen J Ronan MD FACS…

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F-16s for Ukraine

There has been much debate about the value of sending F-16s to Ukraine in support of their homeland defense efforts against Russia.  This short video featured in the Wall Street Journal explains the rationale behind NATO’s decision and makes the case that the transition will take far less time…

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Keynote Speaker Anthony 'AB' Bourke


In 1867, following a bloody and treacherous civil war in our nascent country, Francis Miles Finch wrote a poem inspired by a women's memorial association in Columbus, Mississippi, who on April 25, 1866 tended the graves of Confederate and Union soldiers, treating the dead as equals despite the…

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