Michael F. Seelman
Michael Seelman is the principal consultant & coach for Churchill Consultants an international coaching, consulting, and inspirational speaking firm. He is Marshall Goldsmith certified executive coach and co-owner of GovCoaches, LLC that serves America's public servants.
Previously he served in leadership positions at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the White House – including roles in communications, employee engagement, intergovernmental liaison, knowledge management, innovation, leadership development, information technology, administration, and high profile multi-city collaborative violence reduction initiatives. At the FBI he served as the global head of internal communications for FBI Director Muller and later as the Deputy Chief Knowledge Officer.
To balance out his serious day jobs, Michael took improv comedy classes with ComedySportz and Washington Improv Theater (WIT) and acting classes with the Shakespeare Theater. He even performed with several amateur comedy troupes, including "Cheaper Than Therapy."
Michael brings deep expertise and improv comedy playfulness to the presentations he delivers. He has trained FBI supervisors on communications and leadership principles, presented original research at the International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference, delivered two university commencement addresses, spoken about the future of collaboration on an international leadership panel with a Member of the UK Parliament, and expertly facilitated discussion with audiences as diverse as police chiefs, high school student leaders, Harvard University alumni, and international intelligence agency executives.
Michael did his undergraduate thesis and collaborated on a book with leadership scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James MacGregor Burns at the University of Maryland. He received his master's degree in public administration from Harvard University where he did his master's thesis with leadership scholar Ronald A. Heifetz.
Michael earned his Chief Information Officer (CIO) certification from the U.S. Department of Defense and served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for a youth leadership foundation where he has volunteered for over 30 years.