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Danelle Barrett    

U.S. Naval Rear Admiral, Cyber & Digital Transformation Specialist, Author of “Rock the Boat: Embrace Change, Encourage Innovation and Be a Successful Leader”

Former Rear Admiral Danelle Barrett is mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She was born in Buffalo, New York and is a 1989 graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in History where she received her commission as an officer from the U. S. Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in a ceremony aboard USS Constitution. She holds Masters of Arts in Management, National Security Strategic Studies, and Human Resources Development. She also earned a Master of Science in Information Management.

As an admiral, Barrett served as Director of Current Operations at U.S. Cyber Command, and as the Navy Cyber Security Division Director and Deputy Chief Information Officer on the Chief of Naval Operations staff. In her last position in the U.S. Navy, she led the Navy’s strategic development and execution of digital and cyber security efforts, enterprise information technology improvements and cloud policy and governance for 700K personnel across a global network. An innovator, she implemented visionary digital transformation to modernize with unprecedented speed, significantly improving Navy Information Warfare capabilities. Her numerous operational assignments included deployments to Iraq, on an aircraft carrier in support of operations in Afghanistan and to Haiti providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief after the 2010 earthquake.

She currently executes a portfolio of work that includes being an Independent Director on several Corporate Boards, consulting, public speaking, and writing with over 37 articles published. Her book “Rock the Boat: Lead Change, Encourage Innovation and Be a Successful Leader” was released on June 22, 2021. Oh, and most importantly for fun, she signs up to be an extra in movies.

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Leadership and Mentoring: Achieving Work Life Balance

Understand and implement true behaviors that lead to work-life balance, and how to mentor others to achieve a healthy and realistic balance. You CAN do it all.

Change Management in the Age of Exponentially Accelerating Technology

Technology is affecting businesses at an unprecedented rate. How can you leverage that for a competitive advantage? Talk discusses technology driven process and change management considerations and implications for leaders.

Cybersecurity - What Executives and Leaders Need to Know

Cybersecurity effects all aspects of business, what do you need to know to set the right cybersecurity culture and understand policies, processes and training your organization needs for cybersecurity success

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