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Barbara M. Barrett

President and Chief Executive Officer

Triple Creek Guest Ranch

Leadership in the Nation’s Interest Award

The Honorable Barbara M. Barrett is Chairman of the Board of The Aerospace Corporation’s Board of Trustees, a $1 billion federally funded research and development center for national security and military space systems. She is also a board member of RAND, Caltech, Smithsonian and the Lasker Foundation.

Under Barbara’s stewardship, Aerospace has maintained and enhanced its unprecedented launch vehicle and space system success.  She guides the corporation as it leverages its 56-year history innovating solutions for today’s technological challenges in space. 

Barbara was interim president of Thunderbird School of Global Management, CEO of the American Management Association, founding chairman of Valley Bank of Arizona, a fellow teaching leadership at Harvard, partner in a large Phoenix law firm and, before she turned 30, an executive of two global Fortune 500 companies.

Barbara advised five American presidents on trade and defense policy, President George W. Bush appointed and the Senate confirmed Barbara as U.S. Ambassador to Finland and she was a senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. President Ronald Reagan appointed and the Senate confirmed her to serve as deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and vice chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board.  

Barbara served as president of the International Women’s Forum, member of the Center for International Enterprise board of directors, first woman to chair the President’s Advisory Commission of Public Diplomacy and member of the President’s Advisory Council on Trade Negotiations. At Thunderbird, she founded an entrepreneurial training and mentoring program for Afghan women that is emulated today in 41 other countries.  

Barbara and her husband own Triple Creek Guest Ranch, a Montana Hideaway, recently ranked #1 hotel in the world. Barbara is an instrument-rated pilot. Following astronaut training, she was certified for space flight.

She has been recognized with the Horatio Alger Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and the Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award.

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