Donna Barbisch, DHA, MPH, is a dynamic role model, leader and agent for change. She is among the foremost subject matter experts in emergency preparedness and resiliency for catastrophic disasters, terrorism, and unconventional threats. She is a motivational speaker who guides individuals and organizations through a process of “Take Command of Your Future.” She helps individuals effectively manage the unimaginable and transforms organizations to be prepared and more resilient in today’s emerging threat environment.
Donna has a proven track record as a national security policy analyst, healthcare management professional, professor, and a proven leader with command and management experience. Her background includes major successes in the private sector, US governmental organizations, and the international community. She is an internationally acclaimed speaker who moves people to action. Donna retired from the US Army in 2005 as a major general.
Today, Donna works nationally and internationally to improve preparedness and works with think tanks and executive boards to develop strategic solutions to complex issues. General Barbisch has been described as a visionary with an entrepreneurial approach to emerging threats.
General Barbisch started her military career as a private first class and rose to the rank of major general over a military career spanning more than 38 years. A life-long learner, she earned a doctorate in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, a master in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor of science from California University of Pennsylvania. She also earned a diploma in nursing from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh and a diploma in nurse anesthesia from Mercy Hospital School of Anesthesia, Pittsburgh.