Inside the CIA: The Storytelling Tactics that Helped Win the Cold War


Monday, April 20 | 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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NSPIRE is thrilled to welcome to our 2020 stage a wide range of master storytellers.

Unbeknownst to the world, Jonna Mendez served in the CIA along with her husband Antonio (played by Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning Best Picture Argo). Together they created storytelling tools which were centerpieces in the life and death operations for CIA agents working in Moscow and other dangerous espionage theaters.

Their work is the subject of Mendez's book The Moscow Rules and the movie Argo produced by George Clooney and Ben Affleck. Jonna will share how the CIA, Hollywood... and even magicians... came together to win the Cold War.

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Jonna Hiestand  Mendez
Retired CIA intelligence Officer
Counter- Intelligence Center

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