Retired Air Force lieutenant general, Auburn ROTC graduate, to give inaugural Extraordinary Women Lecture at Auburn University

AUBURN – Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Leslie F. Kenne will deliver the inaugural Extraordinary Women Lecture in Auburn University’s Telfair Peet Theater Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to noon. This public event is sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts. A reception will follow.

Kenne is a graduate of Auburn’s ROTC program with 32 years of active military service. She is the first woman to achieve the rank of lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and one of three women in history to achieve a three-star rank in the U.S. military.

She will speak on “Making the Most of Your Leadership Potential,” reflecting on a lifetime of leadership experience. Attendees will have the opportunity during a lunch reception following the talk to meet Kenne and to join the Women’s Leadership Institute’s network. “This event will provide an opportunity to meet and interact with an impressive leader whose accomplishments speak to the infinite possibility of women to achieve extraordinary success in any arena in which they choose to excel,” said Barbara Baker, director of the Women’s Leadership Institute.

During her tenure with the U.S. Air Force, Kenne directed several major programs and held a variety of Pentagon staff positions including deputy director of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition and deputy chief of staff for warfighting integration. She is currently the president of the Kenne Group and serves on three corporate boards as well as the Air Force Studies Board, an organization under the National Academy of Sciences that performs studies on topics selected by Air Force leadership.

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Lt. Gen. Leslie F. Kenne (Ret.)