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Katie Selbe, COO of Eqlipse Technologies 

This is your reminder never to let setbacks hinder your rise to success. This week, embark on a transformative journey with Katie Selbe, aerospace and defense virtuoso, as she narrates her climb to the C-suite of Eqlipse Technologies post an unexpected career twist. From navigating the aftermath of 9/11 to earning a life-changing scholarship, Katie shares the pivotal moments that shaped her career. Discover how Katie led Eqlipse through rapid growth and successfully steered the company through an acquisition by BlueHalo.

Katie’s journey is a testament to the power of seizing opportunities and staying resilient in the face of adversity. Katie imparts invaluable wisdom to aspiring leaders, emphasizing the importance of authenticity and setting boundaries. She also shares her strategies for turning around a failing program and building a high-performing team where character reigns supreme over culture. Key points throughout include:

  • Falling into service: Innovating with purpose and a passion for national security
  • Facing the reality of 9/11 and the impact it had on Katie’s career
  • Career transitions and navigating setbacks to success
  • Leadership lessons: Finding motivation in great and not-so-great leaders
  • Program management turnarounds and the power of transparency and resilience
  • Breaking barriers: The delicate balance of assertiveness for women in leadership
  • Rapid team building: Strategies for cultivating value in a short timeframe
  • The importance of clear communication and shared understanding among team members
  • Learning through experience: The crucial role in career development

“Leaders aren’t born. Leaders are created. And I think it’s hard to be a leader unless you’ve had the experiences to shape who you are and how you want to lead.” – Katie Selbe.

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