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Former Rear Admiral with 30 years of proven leadership expertise in innovative cyber, digital transformation and telecommunications strategy development and global operations. She built high-performing teams, driving culture and enterprise level change with focus and integrity. As Director Navy Cybersecurity and Deputy Chief Information Officer, acted as a technology innovator and leader, managing the Navy’s cybersecurity strategy, policy, and information technology architectures supporting worldwide missions involving 279 ships, 3700 aircraft, 93 submarines, hundreds of locations with shore critical infrastructure. Provided critical advocacy and strategic advice for a $150B information technology and portfolio investment. As Director of Current Operations at United States Cyber Command, she was responsible for daily operational achievement of full spectrum offensive and defensive cyber effects on 1.3 million network assets for 2 million users worldwide.  She was involved in many military operations including deployments to Iraq, on an aircraft carrier supporting combat operations in Afghanistan and provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.  She is a proven innovative, thought leader and mentor. She currently executes a portfolio of work that includes being an Independent Director on several Corporate Boards including two bank boards, consulting, public speaking, and writing with over 42 articles published.  Her book, “Rock the Boat: Encourage Innovation, Lead Change and Be a Successful Leader” was released in June 2021 and is on the Amazon Best Seller list in several categories.  Oh, and most importantly for fun, she signs up to be an in extra movies.

Change Leader, Innovator, Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Author

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"Rock the Boat:

Embrace Change, Encourage Innovation,

and Be a Successful Leader" 

Available now on Amazon, other online vendors and in bookstores





“During Danelle’s 30-plus years in the US Navy, she was recognized for her leadership, won numerous awards, and retired as an admiral responsible for the US Navy's cybersecurity policy. Danelle gives very specific advice for dealing with all kinds of organizational, management, and personal issues applicable for leaders across corporate America. I very much urge you to read this book . . . it will provide valuable teaching lessons no matter what profession you are in.”

—Mark Ain, founder and CEO of Kronos, profit and not-for-profit board member

“Former Rear Admiral Barrett distills plenty of navy wisdom in this highly readable and very practical guide to deckplate leadership. Of particular note are her thoughts on mentorship, a key practical skill set at the heart of servant leadership. A must-read for aspiring leaders from the world of business to the bridge of navy ships!”

—Admiral Jim Stavridis, former supreme allied commander at NATO and author of Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character


"Danelle endears herself to her audience....a dynamic and engaging speaker who will quickly capture your attention...she will have you mesmerized, laughing, emotional, reflective and pensive...all within the blink of an eye...great role model and leader who speaks from the heart."

Bob Shea, Former President
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International
  • Leadership and Mentoring:

       Women on Boards, Achieving Work-             Life Balance, Overcoming Biases,                   Success for Women in Male                             Dominated Industries,  Building and             Leading Successful Teams   


  • How to be a Transformational Leader - Change Management in the Age of Exponentially Accelerating Technology

  • Cybersecurity:  What Executives and Leaders Need to Know

“I recently watched Danelle Barrett explaining

enterprise-wide cyber security concepts at a technical conference.  Where most speakers would have been heavy on jargon, and left their audience informed but bored, Danelle’s presentation had the audience engaged, laughing, and leaning forward like young children at story time Danelle’s candor, intellect, and engaging persona grab her audience’s attention and never let go.”

John Fristachi
Senior Director of Business Development and Flight at Calspan Corporation


  • Cybersecurity - Strategy, Policy and Operations

  • Cybersecurity - What Senior Executives and the Board need to Know

  • Innovation and Accelerating Technology

  • Change Management in new Digital Age

  • Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence

  • Military Operations (specialization in maritime operations)

  • Leadership and Mentoring

  • Achieving Work-Life Balance

  • Women in Leadership - Succeeding in the C-Suite and the Board Room

Bob Shea, President
AFCEA International


Digital Transformation

Cyber Operations

Chief Information Officer

Military Communications
Cloud and Data Management     
Change Management

Strategic Leadership 

Women in Technology

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