Dr. Joe Serio is a popular and entertaining trainer and conference keynote speaker on leadership and change, time management and organizational skills, strategies for effective communication, and overcoming barriers to improved performance. He motivates and inspires his audiences while providing thought-provoking information.
He is the author of Time Management: 50 Lessons on Finding Time for What’s Important; Public Speaking: 50 Lessons on Presenting Without Losing Your Cool; and Overcoming Fear: 50 Lessons on Being Bold and Living the Dream.
Dr. Serio holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Behavior from Sam Houston State University (SHSU). SHSU is home to one of the top criminal justice programs in the United States with an international student cohort from more than 15 countries.
Dr. Serio is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Investigating the Russian Mafia as well as “Law Enforcement Perceptions of the Russian Mafia in the United States and Canada” (doctoral dissertation). He has delivered presentations to audiences in Russia, China, Canada, and the U.S. on Russian organized crime and security issues.
In the 1990s, he worked in Moscow as a media consultant to The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, BBC, and other media outlets. He helped produce three documentaries on Russian crime, including going inside Russian prisons, for the television program Investigative Reports on American cable channel A&E. He was also instrumental in producing the first-ever newspaper series on the Russian mafia. The eight-part series, “Glasnost Gangsters,” appeared in the Chicago Tribune in 1991.
Dr. Serio has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, CNN, NBC News, Fox News, WGN Radio (Chicago), The European (UK), Legal Realm (China), Sekai Nippo (Japan), Sol de Mexico, and many others on the Russian mafia.
While pursuing the doctorate degree, Dr. Serio served as Project Manager in the Special Programs Division of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) at SHSU from 2005-2012. His responsibilities at CMIT included developing and hosting more than 100 conferences and training programs on a wide variety of topics.
During his tenure at CMIT, Dr. Serio developed a one-week media training course for state- and local-government personnel. Simulated one-on-one interviews as well as press conferences, complete with professional cameras, lighting, audiences, and question-and-answer period, were highlights of the program.
Since completing the doctorate in 2011, Dr. Serio has been a full-time professional speaker, trainer, and author. In the past three years, he has delivered nearly 200 conference keynote and training sessions.
From 2013 to the present, Dr. Serio has been delivering monthly training classes at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), the third-largest sheriff’s office in the United States. These classes include Overcoming Fear, Emotional Intelligence, Time Management and Organizational Skills, Leadership and Legacy, Customer Service, and Public Speaking for the Faint-hearted. He was a featured speaker at the Harris County Sheriff’s Executive Leadership Conference attended by the Sheriff and his top command staff.
Dr. Serio has also been active with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) since 2013. He is a featured instructor in TCSO’s SHIELD program (Sheriff’s Institute for Ethical Leadership Development).
Dr. Serio has also spoken to police officers, adult and juvenile probation officers, judges, district attorneys, constables, and others across Texas as well as national criminal justice associations such as the American Correctional Association (ACA), the American Jail Association (AJA), and the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents (NAAWS).
His professional speaking activities have also included appearing at non-criminal justice conferences and seminars as the featured speaker. Clients have included the American Society for Quality, the Austin Association of Insurance Professionals, the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas, the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, LeadingAge Texas, LeadingAge North Carolina, the Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois, the Hispanic Golf Network, Rice University, the Rotary Club of Austin, the Texas Pediatric Society, the University of Tampa, the University of Texas, the University at Albany, and others.
During his time with Kroll Associates, Dr. Serio spoke to business audiences in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston. Since founding his speaking and training business, he has spoken to business audiences in Austin and the surrounding area. He also speaks inside companies for staff professional development and personal growth.
As a recorded musician, Dr. Serio brings music to the classroom, occasionally using harmonica and guitar to illustrate points pertaining to time management, organizational skills, and effective communication.