Mo Barrett

Leadership Speaker, Unorthodoxy, Anecdotist, Connector

Michelle “Mo” Barrett launched her distinguished career as a successful failure at the Air Force Academy, persevering after becoming the first member of her pilot training class to receive a grade of “Unsatisfactory.” A top leadership speaker, she flew the Alenia C-27A throughout Central and South America, then moved to Northern California to fly the Lockheed C-5 around the globe.

  • Mo Barrett`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Mo Barrett`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Washington DC, USA

  • Mo Barrett`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Mo Barrett`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Washington DC, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Fight for Centerline

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Refreshing Common Sense

Learning from our own stories (from mundane to monumental) to bring us back to basics by investigating the 3 levels of “why” to help us kick off the auto-pilots of our lives.

Permission to Play

Unlocking unique ideas and creative solutions to real-world challenges through lateral thinking.

Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow: The 4-stroke engine of action

Using the chambers of an internal combustion engine to analyze our decision-making as well as our inputs and effects on others.

About Keynote Speaker Mo Barrett

Michelle “Mo” Barrett launched her distinguished career as a successful failure at the Air Force Academy, persevering after becoming the first member of her pilot training class to receive a grade of “Unsatisfactory.” As an Air Force pilot, she flew the Alenia C-27A throughout Central and South America, then moved to Northern California to fly the Lockheed C-5 around the globe. After 9/11, Mo deployed with a small team to bare bases in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, converting them from austere fields to airlift hubs.

Mo has dealt with the shame, stigma, struggle and success of being a life-long non-conformist and lesbian in the military’s structured environment. She retired as a Colonel after a 25-year Air Force career leveraging hard work and an ability to view the world through lenses of humor, optimism and perspective. She has survived and thrived as a multi-minority and connects with audiences of all ages and walks of life.

Mo entertains audiences with her unique presentation style and contagious energy as she charts a course for people who want to laugh, learn and think!

Testimonials

“Mo Barrett was unanimously selected for TEDxYoungstown’s 2019 event. She attended every practice, was always prepared, and delivered an impressive TEDx talk that earned her a standing ovation!”

Greg Smith

2019 TEDxYoungstown Licensee

“The Legg Mason VETS (Veterans Education, Talent & Support) and LEAD (LGBTQ+ Employees & Allies for Diversity) Employee Resource Groups, invited Mo to share her personal story with us. Mo’s story was both inspirational and encouraging, all the while being very entertaining. She is a gifted speaker who uses humor to bring ease and wisdom to an uncomfortable topic. It was a powerful discussion that encouraged employees to think more broadly about how our perspectives are flavored by experiences. Mo’s message is powerful…show up, be professional and don’t make excuses for being who you are. We talk a lot about being our ‘authentic self’ and her personal story brought this important message to life.”

Hayley Lauritsen

Legg Mason VETS Employee Resource Group

“Mo is the absolute best speaker we have had to date. She is most professional, polite, inspirational and motivating. If I had the means to hire a professional coach, my choice would be Mo Barrett. Her pursuit of excellence, motivation, accountability and giving 100%, backed by an amazing successful career, remain truly inspirational. Not only was her presentation excellent, it was backed with personal success. She walks her talk.”

Karin King

Nauset Rotary Club

“Get ready to be inspired! Mo uses her strong leadership skills, professional development knowledge and experience to fully engage her audience. Providing real world examples as she guides the listener on a journey of life lessons. Amazing!”

Mickey McGalliard

Program Manager, Officer Force Development Air Force Reserve Command Professional Development Center

“Mo has a knack for entertaining people even when imparting valuable information.”

Karen Magnus

Colonel, USAF

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