Bill Blackburn, CDR, USN (ret), is the founder and President of
Blackburn & Associates, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned
Small Business and an Affiliate of Academy Leadership. He also
serves as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership for Villanova
University. Bill’s passion for the difference leadership can make in
the world is a result of his three careers and over 40 years immersed
in the study and practice of exceptional leadership and performance.
During his 20 year career as a naval officer and aviator, he served in
critical leadership roles that required both his own personal
leadership and his ability to build teams and organizations to achieve highly complex
assignments. On multiple occasions, he commanded CH-46 helicopter units on extended
overseas deployments supporting the Navy’s aircraft carrier battle groups. After attending the
US Army War College, he served on the joint staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific as
one of the key briefers in the Strategic Plans Division.
In 15 years as a consultant for Gap International, a firm known for its expertise in breakthrough
business results, Bill honed his skills as an effective executive coach for senior business leaders
and a facilitator of their programs. As a direct result of his effective coaching and partnership
with these leaders, their teams consistently produced sustainable exceptional business
performance. He is a skilled facilitator in leadership development, strategic and operational
planning, organizational alignment and team building.
Since joining Academy Leadership in 2009, Bill leads both public â€œopen enrollmentâ€ programs
and designs and delivers internal leadership programs for public and private organizations. He
serves as a member of the CEO’s Advisory Board and the Curriculum Committee responsible
for the design and development of Academy Leadership’s programs. Bill graduated from the
US Naval Academy with a BS in Aerospace Engineering, from San Diego State University with
a MA in Education and from the US Army War College.