Damon Friedman is a true warrior and outstanding speaker. He has personally experienced combat as a special tactics officer in the Air Force and he knows the battles that our nation's service men and women face when they return home. Damon has taken on a new mission of combatting the suicide epidemic in our military community by offering hope to those who are contemplating that route.
Dr. Damon Friedman
Dr. Damon Friedman received his commission in 2000 as a United States Marine Corps Officer and later transferred into the Air Force’s elite as a Special Warfare Officer. He retired as a Lt Col. after 20 years, having served four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and is 100% service connection disabled. His decorations include three Bronze Stars (one with Valor) and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He is a former Squadron Commander (Air Force Special Operations Command) and former Director of Future Operations (Special Operations Command Central).
In 2011 Dr. Friedman established SOF Missions with a focus on "empowering warriors to find purpose and be resilient." This national non-profit offers a unique approach to veteran care through a whole health intra-disciplinary method that incorporates a restorative care program that addresses the areas of psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellness. He has received numerous national awards, to include the Spirit of Hope Award from the Secretary of Defense, which recognized his national efforts to help the veteran community.
Dr. Friedman is the Executive Producer of Surrender Only to ONE, a multi-award-winning film which follows the true-life stories of elite combat warriors in US special operations forces and reveals the implications of combat and the lasting effects our veterans struggle to overcome. He is the author of Igniting Movements, a new book that provides a model for building effective movements, inspiring people to come together under a singular vision to make the world a better place. Dr. Friedman serves as the Chairman of the Veteran Service Alliance (VSA), a non-profit that advocates for the 20 million veterans to the White House, Dept of Defense, and Veterans Affairs. The VSA serves around a million veterans a year. Lastly, he is the host of the critically acclaimed podcast, The Damon Friedman Show.
Dr. Friedman holds a Doctorate in Intercultural Studies from Fuller and recently graduated from Harvard University’s Executive Education Program in Public Leadership.
Dr. Damon Friedman
Featured Keynote Programs
Empowering Professionals to Change the World for Good
As a prior commander within special operations and now a leader in the non-proﬁt community, Dr. Damon Friedman passionately communicates the challenges of leading elite organizations. Reﬂecting from his military service, doctoral studies, and non-proﬁt experience, Damon instructs executives with topics such as: “Finding Your Purpose,” “How Good Leaders Attract Committed Followers,” and “The Shared Convictions that Unite a Movement.” From his nationally recognized book, Igniting Movements, Damon empowers leaders to be world changers with an instructional focus on leadership, ideological factors, organizational construct, and strategic output.
Hope and Purpose
Inspiring All Audiences Through His Personal Story
Described as “electrifying,” Dr. Damon Friedman holds nothing back as he speaks about his life’s challenges. Damon conveys the hard lessons he learned raised in the streets of downtown Los Angeles; how he was able to persevere through some of the fiercest combat in Iraq and Afghanistan; and finally, the events that led to a life-changing experience. Damon’s moment of clarity altered the trajectory of his life and revealed his ultimate mission. Shared with passion and intensity, Damon’s testimony is one that listeners have praised as gripping, powerful, and heartfelt. “Recognize your purpose, find your superpower, and change the world for good.”
Empowering Professionals to Be Resilient
Resiliency is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or the ability of an object to return back to its prior shape. With 20 years of experience in military special operations, Dr. Damon Friedman tackles the topic of resiliency through lessons learned leading elite military operators and over a decade of experience in the non-profit realm revolutionizing veteran care. Specifically designed for military and veteran communities, Damon provides relevant and applicable tools to help build resiliency through his organization’s nationally recognized program the Resiliency Project; which focuses on physical, psychological, social, and spiritual health.
War at Home
Challenging Audiences to Overcome and Answer the Call
A continuing keynote that picks up where HOPE AND PURPOSE finishes, Dr. Friedman draws from the liberties we are privileged to have in this country and identiﬁes the many factors that keep people from experiencing true personal freedom. He recounts various trials he faced after returning from combat, from dealing with PTSD and family relationships to the continual struggle in finding your identity and freedom. Damon encourages his audience by empowering them to overcome the challenges in their own lives. A powerful message for an audience that wants to be moved into action.
Damon Friedman did an outstanding job at our Veterans Day ceremony in November 2017. Students view this assembly as their favorite of the year, and Damon made it just that - their favorite. I would recommend you contact Damon and get him in as a guest speaker. He will be outstanding at any event you have.
Dr. Friedman is an incredible speaker, motivator and an even better person. He has a great story and his passion comes through clearly to the audience. We have had our event for 20 years and I have never had as much positive feedback as I have had regarding Dr. Friedman's talk. His talk changed many lives this weekend and for that I am forever grateful.
As Director of Clinic Services at Thrive Women's Clinic for over 19 years, I am able to say that Damon Friedman is by far the best speaker I've heard at our annual fundraising events. His stories about the dangers he faced were gripping, and I was inspired by the great courage he showed while protecting our country. Damon is passionate and motivating. I give him my highest recommendation.
Damon Friedman is an exceptional speaker. He and his team at SOF Missions are doing an excellent job taking care of our veterans. We could not speak freely, worship freely, and live freely here in America if it was not for our military.
Dr. Damon Friedman was great. We had some tremendous speakers at our Fall Conference and several of our advisers said that Dr. Freidman was the best! He really interacted with our advisers during our lunch as well, which was a very nice bonus. I would highly recommend Dr. Damon Friedman at any Broker/Dealer event!
I was honored and proud to have Dr. Damon Friedman present at our conference as a keynote speaker. He promised an impactful, life changing speech and he more than fulfilled his promise! In all my years attending professional events, Damon Friedman is the most dynamic and moving speaker I have heard. His presentation was powerful, engaging, and encouraging. Attendees were challenged to be the best leader they can be through Damon's clear gift and passion with words.
Damon did a fantastic job of keeping everyone captivated and engaged. He not only spoke about how to persevere through insurmountable obstacles but how to do it the right way when doing it right seems overwhelmingly impossible.
Damon was great. His speech was very engaging and one of the best we have had. Damon is dynamic and controls the room with his presence. He speaks from the heart and motivational to any age or demographic. He is the real deal.
Damon was outstanding. His passion for Christ and how he related to the crowd at all levels was amazing. He interacted with the students present and his testimony in the relating of real-world events was second to none. I would highly recommend him to any venue!
At our A Grateful Nation Remembers ceremonies over this past Memorial Day weekend, we were privileged to have as our keynote speaker, Lt Col Damon Friedman. He is a talented and gifted communicator and held each of our audiences with rapt attention. The feedback from many of our attendees has been 100% positive because of the effect of Damon's presentation. There was not one word wasted in his presentation and every sentence left impact on our audiences
On Top of the World would like to thank Damon Friedman for his electrifying keynote address at our 2019 Kickoff. He blew the team's doors off and left them energized and unified by his message that Together, We Can Change the World!
Our audience at the Alabama Police Chiefs Association 2017 Summer Conference was beyond impressed with Damon. There were over 300 police chiefs in attendance and Damon's military and personal experiences connected well with the group. I had heard from a veteran Air Force officer that Damon was a compelling speaker and at the Chiefs conference I got to witness this first hand. Damon has a great ability to relate to audiences and move people to action