2018 Keynote Speaker

Glenn Carle - NY Tech Summit 2018 Keynote Speaker

Former CIA Operative and National Intelligence Officer

Sponsored by Cisco

Leadership Lessons from a Spymaster

Glenn Carle's keynote presentation will cover how an organization succeeds or fails by the leadership shown both in high stakes moments and in day-to-day tasks, regardless in a position of command or not.

As Carle sees it, leadership is not the "man on horseback," or the steely-eyed CEO. A career in the shadow world of espionage - and in the vast bureaucracy of the CIA - taught Carle that leadership is at heart, a collegial enterprise in which being a peer and teammate is more important than taking the point, knowing more, or being more decisive and hard-charging than anyone else.

In “Leadership Lessons from a Spymaster”, Carle will show the challenges of leadership in espionage, whether in Afghanistan or at a black site, are real-time life and death examples of the same challenges one faces as a corporate leader.

He will show key moments in his work that leadership comes down to putting your people before you, knowing how to identify and act upon the critical bit of information that makes action possible even though no answer is clear, and in living your institution’s principles, rather than commanding anyone or anything.

More about Glenn Carle

After receiving his BA in Government from Harvard and his Masters in European Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University, Carle went on to have a 23 year career as a CIA Operations Officer, serving on four continents from 1985-2007.

In his last position, Carle worked as a Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Transnational Threats (terrorism) on the National Intelligence Council. In this role, he led the Intelligence Community in preparing the U.S. government’s most senior assessments of threats to the U.S. for the President, members of his cabinet, and military leaders.

More specifically, Carle worked extensively on terrorism, European issues, Balkan issues, notably Kosovo and Yugoslavia, the Sandinista-Contra War, and Cold War issues in Europe. He served on detail to the White House as a Trade Negotiator for the US Trade Representative, where he was the Director for European Free Trade Area Affairs, and the Deputy Director for Russian and Newly Independent State Affairs.  

Where have you seen Glenn Carle?

Carle has spoken around the world about leadership and ethics. He has appeared frequently on major networks such as:

  • CNN
  • PBS Newshour
  • NPR
  • FOX
  • ABC

He has also been profiled in numerous magazines and newspapers like The New York Times, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. Carle has spoken at the US Naval Academy, Harvard, the Young Presidents Organizations, Newsweek and other notable universities and conferences.

Carle is the author of The Interrogator, which details his involvement in and opposition to the Enhanced Interrogation Program during the “War on Terror,” and having led for several months the interrogation of one of the top members of Al-Qaeda.  

Check out Glenn Carle's keynote presentation at this year's NY Tech Summit. Register today: http://www.nytechsummit.com/index.cfm/attend.

To learn more about Glenn Carle, visit: www.glenncarle.com.



We have come to NY Tech Summit for four years now and my team and I get a good variety of technical, business, and strategic sessions to complement our work objectives. I like that there is a balance of end users, consultants, and vendors to present and facilitate the sessions. The interaction is candid and engaging, but not a sales pitch. Being a regional conference helps, it is the right amount of time and location for a couple days to reenergize my team and refocus on our objectives. There seems to be quite a bit of peer discussion with a smaller conference, which I like.

- Randy
Director of IT