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Speaking Engagements

Empowering Minds in Cybersecurity, Governance, and Leadership

Since 2003, I have had the privilege of standing before numerous audiences, delivering impactful speeches on the subjects of cybersecurity, governance, and leadership. With over 150 events to my name, I am grateful for the opportunities I've had to share my knowledge and insights, helping organizations and individuals navigate the complex digital landscape.


If you are seeking a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker for your upcoming event, I invite you to collaborate with me. Together, we can craft an engaging and thought-provoking experience that equips your audience with practical insights and actionable strategies.


Throughout my speaking career spanning nearly two decades, I have had the privilege of collaborating with a wide range of organizations, delivering insightful talks on Cybersecurity, governance, and leadership. Among the esteemed organizations I have had the honor of speaking for, both on multiple occasions and as a one-time guest speaker, are:


  • (ISC)2 East Bay Chapter

  • Alameda County City Manager’s Association

  • Alameda County Leadership Academy (ACLA)

  • Alameda County Special Districts Association (ACSDA)

  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)

  • Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

  • Association of Government Accountants (AGA) - Silicon Valley

  • Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (Bay Area UASI)

  • California Association of Public Retirement Systems (CALaPRS)

  • California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (@One)

  • California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA)

  • California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission (CDIAC)

  • California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority (CJPRMA)

  • California Municipal Treasurer’s Association (CMTA)

  • California Secretary of State

  • California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA)

  • California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO)

  • California Special Districts Association (CSDA)

  • California State Association of County Auditors (calsaca)

  • Chief Information Systems Officers Association of the California Community Colleges (CISOA)

  • City of Livermore

  • City of Orinda

  • City of Sausalito

  • Clare Computer Solutions

  • Concord Chamber of Commerce

  • Dublin High School

  • Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce 

  • International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)

  • ISACA - San Francisco Chapter

  • Leadership Contra Costa

  • League of California Cities

  • Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD)

  • Livermore High School

  • Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association

  • Marin County Finance Officers Group (MCFOG)

  • Maze and Associates

  • Microsoft

  • Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC)

  • Municipal Management Association of Northern California (MMANC)

  • Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC)

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

  • National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)

  • Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce 

  • Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA)

  • Public Risk Innovation, Solutions, and Management (PRISM)

  • San Francisco State University (SFSU)

  • San Mateo County Finance Officers Group (SAMFOG)

  • Solano County Special Districts Association (SCSDA)

  • University of San Francisco (USF) 

  • Valley High School

  • Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce 


These organizations represent a diverse spectrum of industries, demonstrating their commitment to staying ahead in the ever-evolving digital landscape. It has been a remarkable journey to engage with these forward-thinking entities, fostering discussions and sharing expertise to empower individuals and teams to navigate the challenges of today's technology-driven world. I am grateful for the trust and opportunities they have given me to contribute to their events and inspire positive change.


If your organization is interested in having me speak at your event, please don't hesitate to reach out. I am eager to continue expanding my reach and sharing my knowledge with new audiences. Together, we can create an impactful and transformative experience for your event attendees.

Donald E. Hester

Working together to make the world cyber safe.

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