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Become a R.A.R.E. Leader

Respected. Accountable. Revered. Empathetic.

For three decades in the Navy, I led large organizations to overcome challenges and achieve success in the high stress world of aircraft carrier and fighter aviation. I can help you:

  1. Earn RESPECT. Build a versatile team who works with, not for, senior leadership.
  2. Embrace ACCOUNTABILITY. Create a healthy, confident workplace culture.
  3. Be REVERED. Show genuine appreciation and leave a lasting legacy.
  4.  Show EMPATHY. Earn trust to improve client confidence and team performance.


John Cummings Keynote speaker

Keynote Speaking

My keynote presentations translate leadership stories from 32 years in the Navy into understandable corporate leadership lessons. The presentation will be designed to address your needs, and my lively and passionate speaking style will leave a memorable impact.

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Interactive Leadership Seminars

Take the time to train your leadership team by engaging in interactive seminars.

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Every leader needs someone to listen and provide unbiased, honest feedback. You’ve heard plenty about “what” it takes to be a good leader, and that’s the easy part. Let’s have a discussion about your “how.” I will offer a different perspective and provide actionable steps.

About J.J. Cummings

Responsible for what the Navy Times called the “Miracle Makeover” of the aircraft carrier USS GERALD R. FORD, J.J. has led thousands of men and women in high stress, “no-fail” environments.

His leadership approach helped his teams succeed and accomplish challenging missions in the unforgiving world of aircraft carrier and fighter aviation.

J.J., a former Navy fighter pilot, was the Commanding Officer of the most technologically advanced vessel in the world, the nuclear-powered USS GERALD R. FORD.

He was also Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ, Commanding Officer of the amphibious assault ship USS ANCHORAGE, and Commanding Officer of an FA-18F Super Hornet squadron.

He was the first Technical Advisor for the 2022 film, TOPGUN Maverick.

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Prior to assuming command positions, J.J. was an F-14 Tomcat instructor pilot, a TOPGUN graduate, and successfully completed the prestigious Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program.

He completed multiple overseas aircraft carrier deployments, logged 3,900 hours and 740 aircraft carrier landings in fighter aircraft and has 137 combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds a B.A. in Physics, an M.S. in Education and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies.

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On a dark night in the busiest commercial traffic sea lanes in the world, our warship faced a 100,000 ton obstacle. We got around it by using the simplest solution. THE SITUATION Singapore Strait, November 2015 onboard USS Anchorage (LPD 23). It was 2:00 AM on a pitch

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Keynote Speaking

J.J. is committed to improving leaders around the world by sharing the experience gained after 32 years of service in the Navy.

His “sea stories” from leading large sea-going organizations and flying high performance fighter aircraft will leave a lasting impression on the audience, expand their leadership skillset, and increase their confidence.

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