Michael "Bret" Hood
21st Century Learning & Consulting
After serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, Michael “Bret” Hood became the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC upon his retirement in 2016. During his tenure with the FBI, Bret worked many complex financial crime, money laundering, corruption and major cases such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the HealthSouth fraud and the Maricopa Investments case.
Since 2000, Bret has traveled the world teaching public and private sector employees how to develop anti-fraud, anti-bribery, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering programs. Bret is a master facilitator who has the unique ability to get participants involved in deep conversations while applying the lessons learned to their own personal and work situations. Bret has been a presenter at the ACFE’s Global Fraud conference for the last three years and has worked with local and regional ACFE chapters in Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, MO, New Haven, CT, and Albany, NY. In addition, Bret has done multiple presentations for CPA groups including the Florida Institute of CPAs where he has instructed at their major trade show for years. Bret has published articles in both Fraud Magazine and ACAMS Today. Bret has a great interest in the psychology, patterns, methods and motives of offenders in an attempt to understand why good people end up doing bad things.
Bret is a federal-court certified expert in money laundering and financial crimes. Bret is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, Eat More Ice Cream: A Succinct Leadership Lesson for Each Week of the Year. Currently, Bret serves as an instructor, investigative consultant, and as an expert witness for 21st Century Learning & Consulting LLC.