M. Semi Bird
Mr. Misipati Semi Bird is an internationally renowned public speaker and subject matter expert in organizational and professional development. Prior to entering private business and academia, Semi transitioned from the battlefield to the boardroom after 23 years of military service. As an Army Special Forces “Green Beret,” Semi received two of our nation’s highest awards for heroism and valor on the battlefield; the Bronze Star – Valor, and the Purple Heart, for wounds received in combat.
Semi knows first-hand, the value of developing high performing teams and their impact on organizational performance. Semi has leveraged his experience in leadership and organizational development to create cutting edge curriculum and theory which focuses on developing high performing teams and organizations.
Semi has held several senior positions in training and leadership development over the years in various sectors of industry to include; government, banking, and education. In his last position, Semi led strategic training initiatives as the Director of Training and Leadership Development for a U.S. government agency. Semi’s international work has taken him all over the globe which culminated with a special assignment in 2013 – 2014 where he served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador, Dhaka Bangladesh.
Semi earned his first graduate degree from Villanova University where he studied Human Resource development and is currently pursuing his PhD. in Organizational Psychology. Semi holds certifications in Emotional Intelligence, Behavioral Analysis, Human Resources, Organizational Performance, Lean Six Sigma, and is currently an Executive in Residence at Washington State University Tri-Cities.