Instructor Bios

Martha LaGuardia-Kotite
Journalist. Author. Speaker.
Senior Officer
 Martha LaGuardia-Kotite

During Martha LaGuardia-Kotite's career in the both the U.S. Coast Guard and as a public relations director in Manhattan, she has appeared on national television and was interviewed by top tier newspapers around the country about Coast Guard rescues and missions and her clients such as IBM.

Martha enjoys writing about extraordinary adventures and challenging topics, which, in turn, hope to make a difference through awareness and inspiration. Her books celebrate unsung veterans - men and women who are inspiring and humbling - sharing their stories of courage and survival.

One of her greatest joys she has received from her work is the invitations to lend experience to talk about leadership and lean on her military service insights as a keynote speaker or presenter for schools, book clubs and professional organizations or corporations.

Martha is excited to share that since being accepted to Harvard University Extension School's Masters in Liberal Arts for journalism, two of her features were published as cover stories: The Boston Globe ran my travel feature article about the Chatham Lighthouse as their cover for G Magazine and Emerald Coast Magazine ran her story about human trafficking as their top story.

A couple years ago, she moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as the Commandant's Press Secretary. The bookends of this assignment were the Haitian earthquake in 2010 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast seaboard, she responded as the Coast Guard Emergency Preparedness Liaison Coordinator for FEMA Regions II and I (New York and Boston). Martha has served 10 years on active duty and now as a Captain in the reserves.

Her first book, So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives, Defying Death (The Lyons Press, 2006 and 2008) won four awards. She also authored Changing the Rules of Engagement: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Leadership from Women in the Military (University of Nebraska Press) in 2012 and that same year, with Trish Marx, they published a tribute to the power and presence of our national flag, My Name Is Old Glory, (The Lyons Press).


Leadership / Professional Speaking / How to Think Like a Journalist / Media Interviews / Placing Your Story in Top Tier Press / Team Building / Women in the Military / Inclusion - Mentoring is Passé / Dreaming a Bigger Dream