Learning to Fly

A young woman living in Melbourne, Australia, Louise was searching for her calling in life.
On a whim, she attended a dinner at the Lyceum Club, a women's university club in Melbourne with more than 1,000 members. As she sat captivated by the keynote speaker, her future began to unfold before her. Quickly, her next steps become crystal clear:

"I knew what I wanted to do with my life."

The speaker was U.S. Navy Captain, Barbara Bell, who had been invited by the club to talk about her experience flying and climbing the ranks in the male-dominated U.S. Navy. Seeing Louise's passion for aviation and intense drive to succeed, Barbara took Louise under her wing and continues to serve as a mentor to her today. Louise went on to become a commercial pilot, business owner, mother of three and exceptional role model for other young women. In 2011, Louise was named the State of Queensland Young Achiever of the Year.

Barb is an absolute inspiration and helped me
achieve more than my wildest dreams with
regard to a career in aviation.
Louise Mann


Barbara Bell is a motivational speaker and leadership coach who seeks to empower women and teens to succeed in their personal and professional lives.

A Naval Academy graduate, aviator, career Naval Officer and retired Navy Captain, Barbara is known for her ability to ignite the spark people need to envision their dreams and chart a path forward. Her unique background as a leader in the U.S. Navy lends her the experience and the know-how to mentor young leaders and give them courage to test innovative, new ways of thinking and doing.

A skillful leadership coach and compassionate mentor, Barbara also works with aspiring trailblazers and effective managers in all industries to give them the tools they need to be more efficient leaders in their professions. She is especially gifted at mentoring young men, women and teens seeking careers in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

When Barbara commits to a speaking event, she spends countless hours getting to know the hosting organization and her audience. Before a speaking engagement, you will often find her volunteering in the community as a way to make deeper connections. She is skilled at building relationships that go beyond one-time events.

Links and Articles

Harpeth Hall news story
National Coalition of Girls Schools Blog
Vanderbilt University News
Association of Naval Aviation Wings of Gold magazine: Leaders in Education: Captain Barbara Bell, USN ret (link not yet available)

Barbara is an inspiration to people of all ages. Reach new heights in your life.

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When Barbara Bell is speaking, she's not
recruiting for the Navy—she's recruiting for life.
Dianna Woolley, YWCA Board Member, Walla Walla, WA


Barbara Bell delivers inspirational speeches to groups large and small. She is also a mentor and leadership coach who works with people of all ages in all industries.

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Barbara is a leader, storyteller and perhaps,
most importantly, a mentor. Her greatest joy
in life is sharing in the success of those she
has helped along the way.
U.S. Navy Captain Laura Mason

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Are you interested in inviting Barbara Bell to speak at your upcoming event?

Fill out the form to the right and she will get in touch with you about rates and scheduling. If you would like to speak with Barbara about one on one coaching, feel free to give her a ring at 240-577-4608

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