About Speaker Jeannette Gaudry Haynie…
Jeannette Gaudry Haynie, PhD, is a career Marine Corps officer and combat veteran with a PhD in International Relations. A New Orleans native and a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, she is a Cobra attack helicopter pilot by trade with multiple operational deployments. While on active duty, she earned the coveted Night Systems Instructor qualification while pregnant, teaching new pilots how to fly and fight with Night Vision Goggles until her third trimester. She proceeded to fly pregnant for all three children as her career progressed in later years.
After transferring to the Reserves when her oldest daughter was three, she entered academia to study and better understand her operational experiences as a Marine and as a woman serving during wartime. Jeannette earned her Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and her Doctorate in International Relations from The George Washington University while serving on the Joint Staff and in the Marine Corps Commandant’s think tank.
Jeannette’s academic research focuses on the intersections of gender, leadership, and security, and her operational experiences and academic work are deeply connected. She has advised the military senior leadership on critical and creative thinking for warfighting effectiveness, served as the subject matter expert on the international Women, Peace, and Security agenda, and developed the vision for strategic talent management for warfighting effectiveness.
Jeannette has taught courses in Gender and Conflict, International Relations, and Quantitative Methods at The George Washington University and Tulane University, where her analyses focused on disaster resilience. She served as Senior Fellow and then co-director of nonprofit Women In International Security, where she conducted research into the gender dimensions of various security phenomena. Along with her husband, a fellow Marine Corps officer, she leads a leadership program for youth that seeks to develop critical and creative thinking skills while helping children learn and grow from failure. Jeannette is a member of the Presidential Leadership Scholars’ Class of 2019, where the roots of her biggest project to date were planted: she is the Executive Director of the Athena Leadership Project, which seeks to elevate the stories of female veterans and transform how we consider gender, leadership, and security. With a group of fellow Naval Academy female classmates, she connects generations of Academy graduates and leaders through weekly articles, and she co-hosts an Annapolis-focused podcast on leadership, gender, and military service. She runs marathons, attempts to do pull-ups, and she and her husband have three children.