Don Mann

Don Mann

Retired Member of SEAL Team Six, Competitive Athlete, Best-Selling Author, and Motivational Speaker

Speaker Categories: | Defense Industry | Team Building | Military Motivation | Team Building

Travels From: VA, United States.

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Retired Member of SEAL Team Six, Competitive Athlete,
Best-Selling Author, and Motivational Speaker

Don Mann, a New York Times Best Selling Author, Navy SEAL Team SIX (ret) member, renowned and a World–Class Adventure Competitor who presents a compelling and extremely motivating presentation that has inspired business leaders and professionals from all walks of life.

Navy SEAL (retired)

Don's unique story and lessons he shares during his highly-accredited and very popular presentations come from his colorful and action-packed life as a Navy SEAL, of his experiences competing in some of the world's most grueling competitions, his experience in the business world and as a New York Times Best Selling Author.


Mann is the author of 14 books including the New York Times Best Selling autobiography Inside SEAL Team SIX: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors.

True Hero

As a Navy SEAL he worked in countless covert operations aroung the world and was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale.

Keynote Speaker

At the podium he shares a high-octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world's most respected and feared combat unit.

Competitive Athlete

Don has over 40 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience, and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.


Mann received a Master's in Management from Troy State University, in Troy, AL, a B.S. in International Relations & Criminal Justice, from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and a B.S. in Liberal Science, from State University of New York. He lives in Cape Charles, VA.


Don Mann, former member of the elite fighting force, SEAL Team 6, and New York Times best-selling author had just wrapped up his latest book, Black Sun Rising. Don tackled a new subject--the use of viruses in warfare. The topic was not driven by recent events of the Coronavirus. Mann started this book in the spring of 2019, close to a year prior to the Covida-19 outbreak. What is interesting is what happened while he was finishing off this manuscript. Early in April 2020 Don was contacted by a friend and co-worker about a breakthrough in the world of virus protection. Knowing that Don was experienced in the dangerous world of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare, Don's associate informed him of a company that focused on sanitizing select military bases. "I have worked in some very hazardous environments where personal protection was paramount", stated Don. The story relayed to Don took an unusual turn when this company, Purifi, branched off into producing hand sanitizer, months before the events of today. Don immediately began researching the product and found that it acted like an armor. Purifi’s active ingredients not only destroys viruses but its special bonding agent creates a protective shield that lasts for up to 24 hours. Don thought that this would be a great product for both military and civilian personnel. He stated “This is a product which should be incorporated in the military go- bags, along with their other essential items such as passports, currencies, weapons etc..” He further stated that “In these times, I believe everyone should create a small “go bag” that contains hand -sanitizer, a mask and gloves and keep it in the trunk, backpack, briefcase, office or home”. You never know when you might need it and Its better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it”.


As founder of the SEAL Adventure Challenge, SEAL Training Academy, SEAL Adventure Leadership Training, Odyssey Adventure Racing and Odyssey Adventure Leadership Training, Don Mann has been very successful since 1997 in providing adventure leadership opportunities for people of all athletic abilities and backgrounds. When not conducting world-class competitions, he conducts team building programs for business and government personnel through Don Mann Enterprises, Inc. (DME). DME's leadership programs are effective by modeling each program to fit the client's specific needs. The training provides activities that build individual and team strength and confidence. Participants are introduced to activities that bring them out of their "comfort zone". Various adventure sport and/or military training evolutions are implemented in which the strong must help team mates, such that all participants find their own individual strengths and weaknesses. DME programs are designed to meet individual or organizational goals and training objectives, and do it in a way that participants enjoy, and find life affirming.


Don Mann is known for producing and directing more multi-day, multi-sport, adventure races, triathlons and other extreme sporting events than any other person in the world. Don Mann has over 20 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete. Don Mann has been featured on: ABC, CBS, CBN, CNN, NBC, OLN, ESPN, MSNBC Morning Joe, Weather Channel, ABC/NBC affiliates, ABC 20/20, RUSH International, FOX Family network, Fox and Friends, Good Morning San Diego, The Daily Beast, The Ski Channel, the Lars Larsen Show, The Breakfast Buss, News Channel 3 Norfolk, News Channel 13 Norfolk, NPR, G. Gordon Liddy Radio Talk Show, Fox Radio, CNN radio and the Ostrolenk Radio show. Articles on Don can be found in: Sports Illustrated, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Men's Fitness, Runner's World, Triathlete, Trail Runner, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, New York Times, Denver Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rapid City Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Military Press ,Adventure Sports Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, American Thinker magazine, Boys Life,, iTunes, and well as many more print and web based sources.


Don Mann's unique story and the lessons he shares during his highly-accredited and popular presentations come from his colorful and action-packed life as a Navy SEAL Team SIX commando, an internationally renowned endurance athlete and as a New York Times Best-Selling Author. He has changed countless lives by sharing his unique "Reaching Beyond Boundaries" philosophy. Don has tailored his presentation to meet the needs of those in the corporate, financial, medical, educational and athletic communities. He shares insights into his personal philosophy of setting micro-goals to achieve macro-goals while instructing organizations how to employ that same philosophy to achieve both personal and professional success. Don's message includes equal doses of inspiration and strategy. As he likes to say, "Anybody with the proper mindset can achieve anything imaginable." Setting macro goals is an important way for organizations to identify what it is they want to accomplish, although sometimes reaching those goals can be a daunting task. By breaking those macro goals down into micro goals, they become much more manageable and easier to handle. Shortly after the mission that left Osama bin Laden dead, Mann published the bestseller Inside Seal Team SIX: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors. He incorporates many of the same lessons and stories into his presentations, which often leave attendees inspired to change how they live. In his inspiring presentation "Reaching Beyond Boundaries" Mann reveals similar stories and personal anecdotes from his many years working with the SEAL teams and competing as a world-class athlete.

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  • Reaching Beyond Boundaries: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Achieving Everything You've Ever Imagined
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  • SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Fox
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  • Listening to Don Mann talk, to our world-wide team of over 500 employees and executives, about his experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was engaging, moving and inspiring. He went beyond the mere description of the expedition to make all listeners participate of the challenges encountered and the group’s drive to overcome obstacles. He is a speaker able to convey powerful, empowering messages that encourage others to reach higher.

    IBM, Global Financing, Marketing and Strategy
  • I recently had the pleasure of arranging and attending a presentation by Don Mann. The group that Don addressed, the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia (MBAG), is comprised of mortgage bankers, attorneys, appraisers, executives, managers and sales professionals. The group, diverse in personality and interests, was united in their praise for Don’s message, delivery and absolutely unique perspective. Don Mann’s message of focus, determination and unwavering tenacity in the pursuit of any worthwhile goal has universal relevance. By wrapping the message in his “real life” stories he kept the audience riveted. Don’s story was not the normal hum and hype of many motivational speakers and sales trainers. Don’s presentation technique is understated, even quiet. The unassuming manner in which he delivers powerful principles is credible, very entertaining, and lasting. Once is not enough! I’m looking forward to Don’s encore presentation to my group later this year. I’ll be front row and center.

    Synovus Mortgage Corp
  • Don Mann was the keynote speaker at our Regional Growth Program kickoff meeting in January of 2007. Don presented the “Combat Mindset” to our Financial Advisors, referencing his experiences during certain stages of his life – as a young athlete, as a professional athlete, as a Navy Seal, and as a Director of Adventure Races. Don’s message was clear and well delivered – it doesn’t matter how physically gifted you are, as long as you train your mind and develop a “combat mindset,” you can achieve anything you desire. Raising the bar and striving for the next level was consistently evident in every one of Don’s personal stories. The Financial Advisors were highly motivated and eager to learn more about Don’s approach after the presentation. Everyone in the room wanted to hear Don speak for additional time and we carried the presentation onto dinner. One thing I can say for certain – “motivational speakers” are a dime a dozen. It is truly moving when you hear Don speak because he is credible, legitimate, and honest. We were proud to have heard Don’s presentation and will continue to develop our relationship with him for future events. The cost for the presentation was lower than most other speakers we have hosted and Don delivered ten times the value. It was an outstanding way to start our 2007 Growth Program.

    Merrill Lynch
  • Don’s presentation was entertaining but, most importantly, it really instilled in our group the principle that we are all capable of achieving personal greatness if we dare be proactive and step beyond the invisible boundaries we’ve set up around ourselves. Our company will often pay a fee, exceeding what we paid to Don, to send just one of our employees for training. I felt that our company received more than our money’s worth when I saw almost every person walk away enthused and talking about what they were going to do to ‘push their own boundaries’

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