My Long Bio
Barbara grew up in Trenton New Jersey. From early on she studied Dance and ran Track.
Before graduating highschool she attended Carnegie Mellon University’s Advanced Placement Early Acceptance program, where she and fellow students were some of the few people in the world on the Internet at the time.
At 19 while attending Rutgers College Barbara was a founder of BluEnke, a publishing and production company that poduced books of poetry, a News Magazine and shows throughout NJ, NY and surrounding areas. The focus was on the writings of Black Women.
She worked on numerous political campaigns including ending the unconstitutional "Party without a Permit Law" and "the Battle for New Brunswick's Elected School Board". She was also a founding member of The New Brunswick Coalition Against Police Brutality (NBCAPB).
In the late 90s through early 2000s she used her Information Technology (IT) skills to contract as an applications and web trainer at various Businesses and institutions across the United States, including Deutsche Bank, the Federal Reserve and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). In 2004 she was brought onboard as an Information Technology Consultant at Goldman Sachs where she designed, developed and delivered Mobile Applications and Project Management training and IT solutions.
In 2009 she opened Liquids and Eats café and Savory Fusion Food Service which brought healthy food options to her hometown of Trenton in addition to Art, Tech and Health community programming. Throughout 2010 and 2011 she delivered Project Management training and consulting to Scientists and Tech professionals at Harvard’s Smithsonian’s Astrophysics Observatory. During that time she developed IT solutions to help connect the United Nations with the local communities and was brought onboard the UN NGO (Non Governmental Organization) Athletes United for Peace.
In 2015 she was invited to speak at Cloud Connect China, Interop Las Vegas, QCon Tokyo and keynote at QCon Beijing on her firm's methodology DRIVE. She is a 1st Dan under JKA and was a long standing member of the Women's Center Karate Club until they closed thier doors in 2014. She now serves as CTO and UN rep for Athletes United for Peace and is the Board Chair for CESI (Community Education for Sustainability Institute), a not for profit focused on helping to move people out of poverty through the use of Information Technology.
SPEAKING TOPICS INCLUDE:
Let BI DRIVE
moving to an organization operated by Data Driven Insights (with a special focus on Big Data, BI Applications in the Cloud and the IoT)
A WORKFORCE THAT WORKS
avoiding the “assumption of Incompetence” that stifles diversity in IT
Women in Information Technology
creating an inclusive workplace environment
THE CONSULTANTS TOOLBOX
The good and bad of being a contract consultant in IT
Using Coaching, Training and Internal Marketing in Organization Change Management and Process Improvement
COACHING TO SUCCESS
Giving the Project team the support they need to implement change
PROJECT’S THAT WORK
The impact of an Organization’s culture on projects
TRAINING THAT'S PERSONAL
The importance of customization in Business and IT Training
THE LEAN BOUTIQUE
Process Improvement Solutions for Small Business
DRIVING A GEN CULTURE
Curating a learning workspace to maximize productivity
MANAGING TO SUCCESS
Using the best Project Management Framework for your business
THE NEW LABOR
Having a viable career as a contract consultant in IT and Business Management
A FREE OFFICE IN THE CLOUDS
Free and really cheap IT tools for your small business.
Other topics include, “Myths in Entrepreneurship and other Ways to Freedom” and “Grassroots” Community Engagement.
She is available for Keynotes, Panels and other Speaking engagements in or outside of the US.
Horne, B. (1999). All of me or so it seems (book)
Contributor to Seeking Alpha and the Trentonian