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Joseph W. Pfeifer

Joseph W. Pfeifer

Keynote Speaker: Senior Fellow with the Program on Crisis Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School & Former Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness for the New York Fire Department (FDNY)

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Joseph W. Pfeifer Biography

Joseph Pfeifer is a Senior Fellow with the Program on Crisis Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and teaches in several of its Executive Education programs, including Leadership in Crises, the General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, Leadership in Homeland Security, and China Crisis Management. He has also led a research team from HKS and partner organizations to examine the response to the Nov. 13, 2015 Paris attacks. His focus is on international collaboration across major cities for disaster preparedness and crisis leadership in organizations during extreme events.

Pfeifer has appeared in major media interviews and has spoken at conferences at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, the Wharton Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, the National Guard Joint Senior Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., and other major events. He has taught senior leaders from around the world about crisis leadership, disaster management, critical decision-making, counterterrorism, and crisis communication at extreme events. He has conducted hundreds of simulations to test public and private sector response capabilities, capacity and coordination. In addition, he has advised fire departments, law enforcement agencies, EMS, hospitals, building owners and managers, military organizations, and others within the U.S. and abroad on managing a network response to large scale events. He has testified in front of the U.S. Congress about the threats cities will face in the future.

Pfeifer was the Chief of Counterterrorism and Emergency Preparedness for the New York Fire Department (FDNY) before retiring in July 2018. During his career he commanded some of the largest fires and emergencies in New York City’s history: he was the first chief on scene at the World Trade Center attack on the morning of September 11, 2001, played a major command role during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, served as an Incident Commander at the Metro North commuter train derailment in 2013, and assisted in developing the Ebola response in NYC in 2014.

Pfeifer is the founding director of the FDNY’s Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness. He served as a strategic leader assessing the Department’s response performance, identified new budget and policy priorities, helped overhaul management practices, created partnerships to supplement the Department’s existing competencies with new expertise, shaped new technologies for emergency response, and developed the FDNY’s first Strategic Plan, Terrorism Preparedness Strategy, and Continuity of Operations Plan. He produced weekly analyses of threats and crisis response throughout the world and was also a Citywide Command Chief, responsible for commanding major incidents.

He is also a senior fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, an adjunct senior staff associate at Columbia University and a visiting instructor at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has spoken about crisis leadership and disaster management at Harvard University, Columbia University, Wharton, the Naval Postgraduate School, the United States Military Academy, the FBI, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, a Masters in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Masters in Theology from Immaculate Conception. He has written widely in professional journals and books.

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Joseph W. Pfeifer Videos

FDNY Chief Joseph Pfeifer talks legacy, retirement - YouTube
First FDNY battalion chief to enter the north tower on 9/11 set to retire
Leading on 9/11 and Beyond - YouTube

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All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Joseph W. Pfeifer for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joseph W. Pfeifer for your next private or corporate function.

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Joseph W. Pfeifer is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Security & Defense, Teamwork & Teambuilding and Social Issues. The estimated speaking fee range to book Joseph W. Pfeifer for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Joseph W. Pfeifer generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Brett T. Williams, Major General USAF (Ret.), J.R. Martinez and Melissa Agnes. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Joseph W. Pfeifer for an upcoming event.

Joseph W. Pfeifer Videos

FDNY Chief Joseph Pfeifer talks legacy, retirement - YouTube
First FDNY battalion chief to enter the north tower on 9/11 set to retire
Leading on 9/11 and Beyond - YouTube

How to book Joseph W. Pfeifer?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Joseph W. Pfeifer for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Joseph W. Pfeifer, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Joseph W. Pfeifer or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Joseph W. Pfeifer?

Booking fees for Joseph W. Pfeifer, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Joseph W. Pfeifer, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Joseph W. Pfeifer?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Joseph W. Pfeifer for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joseph W. Pfeifer for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Joseph W. Pfeifer or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Joseph W. Pfeifer or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Joseph W. Pfeifer is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Security & Defense, Teamwork & Teambuilding and Social Issues. The estimated speaking fee range to book Joseph W. Pfeifer for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Joseph W. Pfeifer generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Brett T. Williams, Major General USAF (Ret.), J.R. Martinez and Melissa Agnes. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Joseph W. Pfeifer for an upcoming event.

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