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Transitioning from a Government Position to a Board Position with Essye Miller

From titles to resumes and everything in between, government careers appear very different from civilian careers. The two, however, are far more similar than what meets the eye. In order to transition from one to the other, you need to be able to translate the experiences into the language understood by the other industry. Essye Miller is here today to discuss her journey and the lessons she learned from transitioning from the Department of Defense to a board director. This week’s episode 77 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about transitioning from a government position to a board position!



In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Essye Miller is sharing the importance of repositioning yourself and your experiences and actionable steps you can take right now to prepare yourself for the search for board opportunities in both the public and private sectors.


Essye Miller is the former CIO of the United States Department of Defense, where she held governance, charted strategy, piloted the DoD’s information enterprise overseeing its 11-figure budget, and influenced the overall technology strategy. Today, Essye is a public and private company board director and the CEO of Executive Business Management, her consultancy focuses on providing services and advisory to corporate businesses, government, and NGO clients on cybersecurity, information management, information technology, and national defense.


Some of the talking points Julie and Essye go over in this episode include:

  • Transitioning from a major government role to supporting public and private company boards, and what that transition looks like.

  • How Essye built her network of support while searching for board opportunities.

  • Maximizing public speaking engagements and articles to be relevant and true enough for future opportunities.

  • Recommendations for those thinking about how to architect the next phase of their career.

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