Matthew (Matt) Horace is a veteran corporate executive, professional speaker, media contributor and acclaimed author. A C-Suite executive in corporate, private industry and government, he focuses on leadership and incorporating the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and inspiring others. As a recognized risk and compliance leader Horace is passionate about moving individuals and organizations from where they are to where they are going and building inclusive teams. His work has been featured as a frequent contributor to national and international news on CNN, The BBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and has written for The Wall Street Journal Crisis of the Week Column.
He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer of the Mayo Clinic, a leading global healthcare organization ranked by US News and World report as the Nations #1 Hospital. In this role he is responsible for the safety and security of Mayo’s employee’s contractors and facilities in the United States and abroad. A former senior federal law enforcement executive within the United States Department of Justice he led national, and international investigations while working in every state in the United States and many foreign countries.
Horace published the critically acclaimed The Black and The Blue, A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement. He also co-authored an Amazon Best Seller, The CALL, Inspiring Stories For Young Men About Character, Accountability, Love And Leadership. A standout student athlete at Delaware State University he was afforded a tryout with the New York Giants, earned a BA in English from Delaware State University and an MA in Human Resources Leadership and Training from Seton Hall University.
Horace also created The Horace Foundation Endowed Scholarship for Criminal Justice Studies at Delaware State University in honor of three DSU students who were killed on a Newark, NJ playground. The goal of the scholarship is to provide incentive and opportunity to young people to pursue criminal justice education and careers. A well regarded and highly energizing speaker, he has also been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at universities and colleges throughout the United States.
Horace credits his success to lessons he learned as a college and professional athlete and as the result of mentoring and sponsorship. Horace challenges us all to “Choose Courage Over Avoidance” in order to inspire the world to be what we all want to see.
Horace has held governance, board, and leadership positions on several national and international organizations advisory and board of director’s.
He has been officially recognized and received numerous awards and commendations for his work in corporate America, government, private industry and not for profit in the areas of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Leadership, Social Justice and Community Impact. His mantras are “Carpe Diem” and “Be Intentional”.
Horace is a proud parent of two student athletes who attend and compete at The United States Military Academy at West Point and has a special fondness for all things related to the government service, the military and Veteran Affairs.