The LeMieux Center for Public Policy at Palm Beach Atlantic University hosts an evening with Michele Assad, former undercover officer in the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Operations. Assad will be speaking about her new book "Breaking Cover".
The free presentation will be held in the Lassiter Rotunda in the Warren Library on March 1, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Michele Rigby Assad joined the Central Intelligence Agency in January 2002 and spent a decade working as an undercover intelligence officer in the Directorate of Operations. Specializing in counterterrorism and counterintelligence, Michele worked in Iraq and other secret Middle Eastern locations. Michele is now a public speaker, security consultant, and trainer. She holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a political science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Michele lives in Central Florida. For additional background, please see www.michelerigbyassad.com
Michele's forthcoming book Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For reveals how courage and determination enable ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Her rise from modest beginnings in rural Central Florida was fueled by a fascination for the Middle East which she discovered in college. Despite this early realization, Michele’s efforts to find her place of purpose were filled with rejection and uncertainty before they took her to frontlines of the war on terror.
Detailing the arc of her career progression, Michele reminds us of the importance of faith and the criticality of hanging on, especially when you are tempted to fold. Breaking Cover is a unique memoir that will inspire you to push through your fears to discover your life’s mission no matter where you are in your journey. Breaking Cover is available for pre-order now and will be released February 2018.