Michele Rigby Assad 

Michele Rigby Assad spent a decade working as an undercover intelligence officer in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. While serving as a counterterrorism and counterintelligence specialist, Michele realized the value of being different in an industry that was largely lacking in diversity. Several years into her CIA career, she discovered that what made her different was what enabled her to excel as an intelligence officer. Now Michele seeks to demonstrate how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when their faith and passions are greater than their fears. Michele is an international security consultant, public speaker, and trainer focused on counterterrorism, personal security, and refugees with her work being featured by ABC’s 20/20. She loves using her story to inspire others which includes mentoring students, young adults, and women who want to use their skills in the service of a greater cause. In her off-time, Michele relishes spending time with family and enjoying the great outdoors in her home state of Florida.
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