the mind4 series: on being a strategic leader deborah lee james


GCA Studios Presents

GCA Host Jane-Scott Cantus, Managing Principal and General Counsel of The ILEX Group.  The ILEX Group provides advisory services to corporate clients in the areas of innovation-led growth strategies, governance and leadership, advocacy, government relations and strategic communications and board and executive search.

the mind4 series™, hosted by jane-scott cantus, is a series of one-on-one interviews with c-suite executives who have used their particular expertise to create competitive advantages for their organizations.

In this episode, on being a strategic leader, Jane-Scott interviews Deborah Lee James, 23rd Secretary of the Air Force.  Jane-Scott explores the role of the secretary of the air force (part 1) and the lessons learned from indelible memories and cool experiences (part 3).  Jane-Scott and Deborah discuss talent as “the #1 thing” and winning the war for talent (part 2), becoming a strategic leader through zigs and zags (part 4) and finally some words of advice for up and coming leaders (part 5).

Whether you watch the full video or specific segments, you too will conclude that deborah lee james has a mind4 innovation ● strategy ● talent.


About Jane-Scott Cantus

mind4Jane-Scott Cantus is the Managing Principal, Strategic Services and General Counsel of The ILEX Group, a veteran-owned small business providing strategic communications, government relations and lobbying services to a range of organizations from Fortune 500 corporations to start-up companies in the aerospace/defense, energy, industrial, technologies and transportation arenas. Concurrently, she serves as Principal Member of ILEX Leadership Associates, LLC, a woman-owned small business registered to do business with the federal government and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ms. Cantus earned her B.A. from Duke University, her MBA from UVA Darden School of Business, and her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.  She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

To learn more about GCA member Jane-Scott Cantus, visit her GCA Spotlight

About Deborah Lee James

Deborah Lee James has a three-decade track record of leading, transforming and driving lasting change in the US government and in private industry. As only the second woman in history to lead a branch of the male dominated US military, Deborah faced high stakes challenges as Secretary of the Air Force, the CEO equivalent of a 660,000, $140 billion enterprise. For three years during a period of unprecedented political dysfunction, she led the effort to recruit, train and equip the premier air, space and cyber force on the planet, sending forces forward to combat ISIS in the Middle East, reassure European allies against a resurgent Russia and preparing forces for possible combat operations on the Korean Peninsula. Earlier in her career, Deborah was a senior executive at defense giant, SAIC, where she led a $2 billion enterprise during a time of enormous change within the company. Along the way, Deborah raised two children as a single mother.

Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success by Deborah Lee James

As the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force (only the second woman to lead a US military service) and a successful business leader, Deborah reveals in Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success her formula for success, using challenges to grow stronger, and staying true to herself and her goals. Ultimately, her three-part strategy has allowed her to thrive as a leader in government and business, and as a mother and wife.

In Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success, Deborah shares her personal and professional challenges, outcomes, strategies for success, and the problem-solving principles she used to overcome the daunting pressures, threats, and challenges that come with rising to the top of the US Armed Forces. As a supplement to Deborah’s storytelling, Bain and Company, a top-tier management consulting firm, offers research and statistics that prove Deborah’s insights have widespread impact.

Readers will appreciate Deborah’s success in rising up through the ranks of male-dominated institutions so that her life could be lived to its fullest, happiest, and on her own terms. Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success reveals to readers how they can do the same.


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