The Honorable Deborah Lee James has a three-decade track record in national security. She served for 20 years in the U.S. government, including time on Capitol Hill as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and two tours in the Pentagon — first as an Assistant Secretary of Defense and later as the Secretary of the Air Force. As Secretary, she was dual-hatted as the Principal Defense Space Advisor. She also led large industry teams in support of the military. Most notably, she was the President of the Technical and Engineering Sector of SAIC, responsible for $2 billion in Defense contract revenue and 8,700 employees.
Ms. James is the author of the leadership book Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success; and serves on the board of various organizations including Textron, Unisys, Noblis, the Penfed Foundation and Lean In.Org.