Keyboard to the Boardroom…A Practitioners Journey to Leadership
The former Major General will share stories and leadership lessons that led to her selection as a Commander in the military and now her service as a Director on Corporate Boards. From her early education at the U.S. Air Force Academy as they opened their gates to future military “leading” ladies, through her experiences in the innovative and emerging fields of space operations and cybersecurity…she believes the best preparation for leadership is strategic incorporation of the lessons we gain, every day, as practitioners.
There’s a world of opportunity at our fingertips; transferring that opportunity up to our brains, down to our feet and through our hearts creates a path to success. Who we hear, how fast we learn, the synergies we begin to see, the future we can then envision, the resulting confidence & leadership we convey, and finally the Strategy we create are all born of daily lessons. Her experiences, your experiences, and our shared experiences offer opportunities.
Suzanne “Zan” Vautrinot is President of Kilovolt Consulting Inc. and currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Wells Fargo, Symantec Corporation, ECOLAB Inc., Parsons Corporation and Battelle Memorial Institute. Previously, Zan achieved the rank of Major General in the U.S. Air Force where she accumulated over three decades of experience in space and cyber operations. Before retiring from active duty, Zan served as the commander of all Air Force cyber forces where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar cyber enterprise; leading a workforce of 14,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, while conducting worldwide cyber operations on behalf of 850,000 customers. Prior to that, Zan was instrumental in the establishment and early operation of U.S. Cyber Command with responsibility for conducting offensive and defensive cyber activities for the entire Department of Defense.
Zan is universally respected as a motivational leader, speaker and change agent. As a cyber subject matter expert, she addresses technical, business and university forums, guides key task forces, and provides testimony before Congress. She currently advises industry, academia as well as government agencies and laboratories on Cybersecurity strategy, technology innovation and workforce development. In addition, Zan was recently selected by the National Academy of Sciences as an expert member for a special study and in 2017 was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree as one of the earliest female graduates the U.S. Air Force Academy, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. She is also a graduate of the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff and Air War Colleges, as well as the Harvard Black Sea and International and National Security Programs.