"Stand on the shoulders of giants."

50% of Speaking Fees to Non-Profit of Your Choice

Ralph Galati

Former Vietnam POW

Public Speaker for Business, Career and Education Success


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Captain Ralph Galati, born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and a distinguished military graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Saint Joseph's University, attended flight school in 1970. Arriving in Southeast Asia in 1971, Galati flew 68 combat missions before being shot down over North Vietnam on February 16, 1972. Galati's wife had only given birth to their first child a week before he was captured by the North Vietnamese and began a 14 1/2 month ordeal of solitary confinement, self-discovery and inspiration from his fellow POWs.

Drawing on his powerful story of captivity, his post-military success in his 28 years as a Client Executive with IBM, and more than 30 years as an adjunct professor teaching in some of the best business schools in the country, including the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Haub School at Saint Joseph's University, Galati connects with all audiences with topics on resiliency, personal growth and leadership development.

Galati has been a public speaker for 45 years since being repatriated in 1973.

Military Bio and Awards 



Government/Military Organizations

American Logistics Association | Department of Veterans Affairs | Dover Air Force Base | Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst | Saint Joseph's University ROTC | Drexel University ROTC | Various Federal, State, County and Municipal Events

Corporate/Business Audiences

Boeing | Cabela's | IBM | SEARS | Sun Oil Company | PECO Energy Company | SEI Investments Company | JDog Franchises, LLC | Bunker Labs | Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) | Various Retirement Communities | BourBiz


University of Pennsylvania | Valley Forge Military Academy & College | Saint Joseph's University | Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families | Various High Schools

Non-Profit/Veteran Organizations

American Red Cross | Navy League | West Point Society | Chapel of the Four Chaplains | Our Community Salutes | Rotary Club | Big Brothers/Big Sisters | Haddon Heights Historical Society | Military Order of World Wars | Marine Corps League | The American Legion | Disabled American Veterans | Veterans of Foreign Wars | Vietnam Veterans of America | Military Order of the Purple Heart | Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge | Masonic Lodges | Battleship New Jersey


Combining his experiences as a Vietnam Prisoner of War (POW) with his experiences in business and higher education, Captain Galati is able to craft a message suitable for any audience. Presentation requests generally focus on the following: 

POW Experiences | Surviving Adversity | Growth Through Crisis | Adapting to Dramatic/Disruptive Change | Strength Through Faith | Personal Development | Resiliency and Catharsis | Mission-Focused Behavior | Team and Trust | Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

All presentations are appropriately modified to suit your event and audience.


Speaking Fees


Keynote Presentation:

Includes presentation, welcoming and closing remarks.


Round Table or Conference Presentation:

Includes presentation and involvement in other events or ceremonies


Full Day Event:

Includes presentation(s) and involvement in other break-out sessions, events or ceremonies.

"Ralph's story and his message are truly inspiring. As the Dean of a premier business school, I see how the lessons Ralph imparted on our business students and faculty have positively affected them as thinkers and leaders."

"An American hero, Ralph Galati inspires individuals from the youngest Soldier or newest employee to General Officers or senior business executives. His message is a great value to any institution."

"Absolutely life-changing! Ralph draws on the harrowing experiences of being a POW, as well as from his success in business with IBM. He is easily relateable, but his story of personal growth through adversity is truly inspiring."


"Stand on the shoulders of giants."

Speaking Request Form

RWG Services, LLC

Wallingford, PA

Tel: (610) 999-4609


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