• Fee: $7,500 plus travel
  • Topics: Motivation, Inspirational, Teamwork/Teambuilding, Coaching, Organizational Development, Leadership
  • Travels from: TX

Dave Carey

Dave Carey is a sought after motivational speaker, trainer, and consultant who is uniquely qualified to inspire audiences, and to assist organizations with leadership development, team building, and organizational development efforts. He is the author, of “The Ways We Choose, Lessons for Life From A POW’s Experience.”

As a Navy pilot during the Vietnam war, Dave’s aircraft was destroyed over North Vietnam by a surface-to-air missile. He spent five and one half years as a P.O.W. in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” This experience taught him timeless lessons that have application in all of our lives.

As a motivational speaker, Dave relates his story as a P.O.W. to help people better understand the prison-like aspects they may experience in their personal and professional lives. Told with intensity and humor, he inspires and empowers others to overcome seemingly insurmountable difficulties and to gain a renewed sense of purpose, perspective, satisfaction, and control over their circumstances.

Dave also coaches individuals and groups for business and personal growth. He served as Director of Development for the SYMLOG Consulting Group and has been an adjunct staff instructor at the Center for Creative Leadership. He has extensive experience in both private and public sectors. Dave has been one of a very few consultants certified by the state of California to conduct team building for law enforcement agencies in the state. His programs on value-centered leadership, team building and organizational development are powerful, practical, and filled with performance improving content.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Dave is a retired Navy Captain. He was three times a Commanding Officer and the Director of the Navy’s premiere site for leadership and management training. He personally conducted training seminars for prospective commanding officers and senior government service employees.

Among Captain Carey’s military awards are the Legion of Merit, five Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Purple Heart, eight Air Medals, and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Audiences and clients include diverse groups and organizations such as: Phillips-Van Heusen, Aetna, AT&T Wireless, ARCO, 3M, Starbucks, Group Health Cooperative, IBM, Microsoft, Superba, McDonnell Douglas, Owens Corning, EDS, Merck, Ohmeda, Novartis, Hewlett Packard, Toyota South Africa, Solar Turbines, US Navy, Experian, Caterpillar South Africa, Taylor Engineering, Guidant Corporation. Numerous references are available.

Dave has recently added the equipment for high quality video conferencing presentations to his speaking practice. He has done numerous video presentations to groups as small as 25 and as large as 3000. By bringing Dave to your audiences via video you can save all expenses. Please contact us for details.


Dave energizes people to take positive, creative, and timely actions that lead to improved teamwork, increased productivity, and better communications. His message is real, immediate and challenging. Dave focuses on practical ideas and techniques that participants can use to get better results on the job and in their personal lives.

Programs are individualized, relevant to current issues and "results" oriented; carefully designed to motivate, educate, inspire action, and empower individuals to develop real solutions to problems within their personal lives and their organizations.

The Ways We Choose:

Dave’s history speaks directly to objectives of leadership and management as well as risk taking, accountability and empowerment.  Forced into a horrible and unexpected situation, his inner strength as a leader emerged, and he, along with his fellow prisoners, had to creatively re-channel their thinking and communication skills just to survive.  Dave has been able to successfully weave these stories and lessons with humor and impact for today’s businessperson.

Live Video Conference Presentations

Dave Carey’s motivational presentations are now available through real time video conferencing. His inspiring presentations, relating lessons learned from his 5&1/2 year POW experience to work and life’s challenges, are now available live through video conferencing technology.

Audiences large and small will enjoy and benefit from Dave’s powerful message thanks to his association with Polycom and The Learning Enhancement Centers. These real time live video presentations are customized to your organization and can be as interactive as your time requirements permit.

Dave is every bit as inspiring and thought provoking via video conferencing as he is in person. Following his first live video presentation he received the following letter: 

“Dear Dave, 

On behalf of the Konocti Unified School District, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to hear your message via videoconferencing on August 9, 2007.

Your story is powerful and an inspiration to our management team as we prepare for the opening of school next Monday and cope with our struggles in trust and accountability to each other and the organization.

Your words, “We did what we had to do. We did our best. We chose to grow from the experience.” are powerful guidance to us as we work together and lead our individual teams.

Blessings upon you in your important work in this world and thank you for sharing your time and talent with us!


Louise Nan, Ed.D.
Konocti Unified School District”

Taking advantage of live video conferencing will save your organization all travel and per diem expenses. Plus for a limited time Dave is so certain of his impact through live video conferencing that he will discount his fee in order to prove it to you. As always, Dave guarantees your satisfaction with his presentations – or he will return your fee.