Rory Verrett

Keynote Speaker

Rory E. Verrett is the founder and managing partner of Protégé Search, a retained executive search and leadership advisory firm focused on diversity and public affairs. He previously served as a leader in the diversity and public affairs practices of two global executive search firms (Spencer Stuart and Russell Reynolds Associates), as the head of talent management and vice president of public affairs at the National Football League, and as CEO of a bou-tique public affairs consultancy. Rory has 20 years of experience mentoring, advising, and recruiting high performing executives from diverse backgrounds for leading companies, trade associations, and academic and nonprofit organizations.

Rory has spoken to dozens of audiences, including NFL coaches, corporate executives, en-vironmental leaders, attorneys and students on leadership, career strategy, and diversity and inclusion at venues including Harvard Law School, Stanford, Wharton and Duke business schools, and national and international leadership conferences.

Rory is the host of the iTunes New & Noteworthy podcast selection, Protégé Podcast, which focuses on career success for aspiring professionals. Rory has interviewed executives from Google, ESPN, and Goldman Sachs, as well as innovative entrepreneurs and accomplished professionals on this engaging and educational career talk show.

Rory is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was Class Marshal, and Howard Uni-versity, where he was the student member of the Board of Trustees and a Harry S. Truman Scholar. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and daughter.

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