The World Affairs Council of Orange County presents:

Defending Digital Borders: Safeguarding Cyber Security in an Interconnected World


Admiral Michael S. Rogers, U.S. Navy (ret.)

Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) (2014-2018)

An In-Person Dinner Event

Date & Time:

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

5:30 PM: Reception

6:30 PM: Dinner & Main Program


Salon F & G

Irvine Marriott

18000 Von Karman Ave.

Irvine, CA 92612


Members: $80

Non-members: $90

Young Professional & Student members get a flat rate fee of:

Young Professional Members: $55

Student members: $20

Speaker Bio:

Admiral Michael S. Rogers

Admiral Rogers is a member of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board to multiple companies in the private sector and works in the consulting and venture capital arenas across the globe while also speaking internationally to various business and academic groups in the areas of cyber, technology, leadership, crisis response and global security. He can be seen on major media outlets across the globe on occasion addressing those same issues.  He is a Senior Fellow and Adjunct Professor with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute and works with DoD in the mentoring and professional development of its General and Flag officers.

Mike served in the U.S. Navy for nearly 37 years and retired from naval service in 2018 after rising to the rank of four- star admiral.  He culminated his career in uniform with a four plus year tour as the Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency – creating the DoD’s then newest combatant command and leading the largest intelligence organization in the free world.  In those roles he worked with the leadership of the U.S. government, the DoD and the Intelligence community as well as their international counterparts in the conduct of cyber and intelligence activity across the globe.  He also assisted in the development of national and international policy with respect to cyber, intelligence, privacy and technology – including extensive work with corporate leadership in the finance, IT, telecommunications and technology – and national security more broadly.

Prior to his final duties he also served as Director of Intelligence for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Indo-Pacific Command, focusing on issues associated with China and the broader set of global security challenges. 

He is a graduate of Auburn University and holds a Masters in National Security (East Asia) and is a distinguished graduate of the National War College and a graduate of highest distinction from the Naval War College.  He is also an MIT Seminar XXI Fellow and a Harvard Senior Executive in National Security alum.