Stephen W. Harden is President of LifeWings Partners LLC and co-founder of Crew Training International, Inc. (CTI). He has helped over 80 healthcare organizations in 28 states implement the best safety practices from aviation and other high reliability industries. He is also the co-author of "CRM: The Flight Plan for Lasting Change in Patient Safety," the definitive how-to text on implementing aviation-based safety tools in healthcare, published by HCPro. Mr. Harden has been involved in human factors and safety training for a wide variety of military and commercial customers for 18 years, producing over 40 separate training programs for commercial aviation, military flight squadrons, heavy construction, military contractors, and healthcare. He served on the instructional staff of the University of Southern California's School of Aviation Safety and is also a TeamSTEPPSTM Master Trainer. 

A professional pilot with 31 years of experience, Stephen is a captain for a major international airline. His expertise in the field of aviation safety training has garnered him four personal "Bravo Zulu" awards from his airline for superior performance and one organizational award for Quality Achievement. Captain Harden was recognized in 1993 by FedEx senior management as the individual that had contributed the most to the safety of FedEx flight operations.

Harden is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He accumulated over 300 aircraft carrier landings during service with the U.S. Navy and was selected to be an instructor pilot at the Navy's elite Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). He holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and Type ratings in B-727, B-737, and MD 11 aircraft and he is an FAA certified flight examiner.


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