1st Black woman to command an US Navy ship joins IBM board of directors

1st Black woman to command an US Navy ship joins IBM board of directors

An African American woman has made everyone proud in recent times. This accomplished lady named Michelle J. Howard is the first woman of African origin to command a US Navy ship. At the moment, the woman has taken it a notch higher by going on to achieve something more.

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But first, it is important to note that Michelle made history in 1999 by being the first African American woman to command a US Navy ship. But she did not stop there. In 2014, the lady went on to become the first woman ever to be named the vice chief of Naval Operations.

The former US Navy officer started her journey to greatness by graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. Even in the school, the great accomplisher became a trailblazer by being the first woman graduate to be promoted to flag officer.

Then in 1998, she went on to receive a master's degree in military arts and sciences from the United States Army's Command and General Staff College.

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Having retired from a 35-year career in December 2017, Howard was acknowledged as the first woman to become a four-star admiral. Now, she currently teaches cyber security and international policy at George Washington University.

This has not stopped her from achieving something great again. Now, she has joined the board of directors of the International Business Machines (IBM).

First African American woman to command a US Navy ship joins IBM board of directors

Michelle Howard Source: Forbes.com

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In talking about her success and prospective contribution to IBM, the CEO Ginni Rometty had this to say in a statement in the release.

"Admiral Howard is a groundbreaking leader with a distinguished career in military service. Her leadership skills, international perspective and extensive experience with cybersecurity and information technology will make her a great addition to the IBM Board."

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