Speaking at the NSA Headquarters

Today I had the privilege and honor to speak at the National Security Agency (NSA). My day started with being picked up at my home by a NSA representative and then driven to the Agency’s Headquarters in Fort Meade, MD. After some meet and greets, a photo op and lunch, I took to the stage to address over 100 NSA employees. The Deputy Director, Executive Director and Chief of Staff of the agency were a just few of the many participants present.

Because of security reasons, I wasn’t permitted to take my phone on site so the only picture for now is the one prior to our departure to the NSA Headquarters. I’ll of course add the ones from the event once they come in.

It was a wonderful experience to be inside one of the Nations most secure places and also meet with the extremely professional and dedicated staff. Hope to be back again one day soon! 

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Speaking at Albany Law School

Today I was invited to speak at Albany Law School by the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs at their Human Rights Conference. Although I’d been to New York on many occasions, it was my first time in Albany! 

I shared with the audience a bit about Muslim American sacrifices, and the value of diversity and inclusion. I also brought up Fox News Host, Judge Jeanine Pirro, an Albany Law School graduate and her recent Islamaphobic comments on Air to which I recently addressed via twitter and on my live interview with CNN. All in all, I had a great time!

"Mansoor captivated an entire lecture hall of Veterans' advocates with his presentation. He made them laugh. He made them think. He made them question. Most importantly of all, he made them care."

-Benjamin Pomerance

Speaking at the JHU Carey Business School

It’s always been an honor for me to use my unique platform of “Muslim” and “Marine” to educate the masses. But to be invited to deliver a presentation at your alma mater (Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School) was especially meaningful. The sold-out event facilitated by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee comprised of Hopkins faculty and staff. Two of my former professors were also present!

Here’s what one of the participants had to say:

“I enjoyed your presentation yesterday at the JHU Carey Business School. Islam is such a beautiful faith and what a wonderful way to introduce the faith to others in a fun, informative and engaging platform. It was especially nice for me when you played the prayer chant.”

-Megan Jeffrey

Speaking at Washington State’s Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

It was really a true privilege and honor to be selected by the State of Washington to present my “Unifying People Through Conversation” presentation to the hundreds of state employees at the Washington State’s Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit. As I delivered two separate 75 minute long sessions, I was amazed to see the level of interest and engagement by the participants. 

I was extremely grateful to the State of Washington and its leadership for taking the lead in organizing an event of this high caliber. The fact is, the more conversations, the more dialogue, and the more informed we are, the more unified we will all be as a people! #Diversity #Inclusion #Equity

“The 2019 Washington State Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit was honored to have Mansoor present two sessions. Mansoor is incredibly knowledgeable, teaches about being a Muslim and the misconceptions that go along with it, and ensures that he is always coming from a place of learning, understanding and heart. If you ever want to learn more from someone that as served in the US military and represents his faith so very well, Mansoor is the person to have in front of the room!”

Marika Barto

Speaking at New York Law School

Today, I had the honor and privilege to be invited by the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs to make an address at their Human Rights Conference at New York Law School. I spoke of my experience as a “MuslimMarine” providing my insight and thoughts to the audience. I talked of the importance of staying true to that famous creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” My message of inclusion resonated well!

Also, had the cool honor to hang out with my fellow brother Veteran Kristofer Goldsmith of High Ground Veterans Advocacy as well as with the President of the ACLU, Susan Herman who delivered the keynote — awesome woman by the way!

Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley

This week Ori Brafman, the author of General Dempsey’s “Radical Inclusion,” invited me to come to California to speak at the Strategic Broadening Seminar, United States Army at UC Berkeley Extension. It was an honor to be included as a speaker/instructor as part of such an important program. It was a wonderful opportunity to share my many insights and experiences as a proud Muslim American US Marine with the active US Army members who participated. In addition, I also shared some of the experiences from the recent, and very powerful “29/29 Ramadan Initiative” which has garnered nationwide attention.

Speaking at Marine Corps University

Today I had the honor to address somewhere between 150-200 senior Enlisted/Officer Marines at Marine Corps University Quantico. These Marines, or shall I say, warriors, “literally” serve (in some way or another) as commanders and/or decision-makers to thousands of Marines under there leadership. Though this was my second visit to Marine Corps Base Quantico, this time it was extremely special, as I had the distinct honor to address a very prestigious crowd of Marines.

I recall as I was ready to get on my way back to Baltimore right after the speech, the President of Marine Corps University, General William Bowers — a man who I’ve especially come to admire and love, and the reason why I was here today at this very special event as his “VIP guest,” looked to me and says, “looks like we’ll probably be seeing you back again.” Hope so General! 

Thank you for having me!

Speaking to the Baltimore County Police Department

Today I spoke about Islam and law enforcement to Baltimore County police officers!

“It was a random run-in and conversation at a busy Baltimore Walmart on Black Friday that introduced me to Mansoor. A little over a month later, he volunteered his time to present a topic at the Baltimore County Police - Hostage Negotiation Team's monthly training. The engagement and open dialogue between him and my teammates was invaluable. Mansoor's charisma, fortified by his life experience, makes him powerful voice for a change in dialogue that every American should hear.”

- Sergeant Mohammed Goff, Baltimore County Police

Speaking to Marines

Today I had the honor and opportunity to address 70+ Marines. I shared with them my concerns as well as my thoughts on how we can all play a part in living up to the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. We talked about improvements the US Marine Corps could make to better reasonably accommodate future Muslim Marine’s so practicing of faith would never be an issue. I also addressed some of the questions as well as the challenges Marine Recruiters face in the 2017 area when it comes to recruiting Muslim candidates! All in all it was awesome to be amongst so many Marines!
 

Speaking at Westminster College

This Wednesday I gave a talk at Westminster College in Missouri! Initially I had some concerns with going, considering some of the decisions the local government had recently made, but I'm glad I went! I had good dialogue with students and staff alike, who came away with a new understanding of Islam. KOMU 8 local news also covered my talk, you can check out their article here!

Speaking at Welcoming Interactive in Atlanta

I headed down to Atlanta to speak about my travels across the U.S., and how to bring about tolerance in a time of polarization, at Welcoming America's Welcoming Interactive conference.

I spoke before an audience of about 200 local government and nonprofit professions who are concerned about issues related to anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim and white supremacist rhetoric and legislation.