Lenora Peters Gant, Ph.D. is being awarded the Donald Stewart Alumni Achievement Award at a ceremony on Saturday, April 17, by Harvard University JFK
School of Government for her more than 20 years of leadership in public
Dr. Gant, as an active member of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Alumni Board, created the concept of Speed Networking in 2007. Since
that time, the Alumni Board has conducted Speed Networking Forums at its
bi-annual meetings for students and alumni seeking careers in public
During her years of experience with the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, Dr. Gant has been continuously involved in
helping organizations and individuals overcome challenges.
She is a member of the Senior Intelligence/Executive Service and Director of the ODNI Intelligence Community (IC) Strategic Mission Outreach
that includes the Office of the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) and the
Office of Recruitment and Staffing.
She served on a two-year academic sabbatical at Trinity University, Washington, DC as a visiting professor, scholar-in-residence, in
International Affairs prior to current assignment. She oversees the
Intelligence Community’s CAE programs at 30 accredited U.S. colleges and
universities. She establishes policy guidance and execution strategies aligned
with objectives outlined in the U.S. National Intelligence Strategy (NIS).
Further, Dr. Gant is an independent consultant specializing in organizational development, workforce analysis and forecasting, strategic
planning, human development issues and workforce capabilities, career
development, customer service, teambuilding, knowledge management,
re-engineering processes and leadership development.
Her career expands the globe. She has worked and traveled in Japan, England, China, Central and Eastern Europe, Australia, and South Africa.
Former Director of Central Intelligence, Tenet, appointed Dr. Gant as the Intelligence Community’s representative to the President’s White
House One America Initiative. Dr. Gant is continuously involved in community
service endeavors that include the Board of Trustees, Episcopal High School, a
co-educational boarding school (Alexandria, VA); she co-chaired executive
committees with Congressman Cass Ballenger (R/NC).
She volunteered as a mentor and facilitator for Presidential Classroom, a member of the Executive Management Advisory Council at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University at the Northern VA Graduate
As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she has held leadership positions and represented the chapter at local and national level
events. Dr. Gant chairs committees for a tri-county working group, Women’s
Legislative Briefing Annual Forum.
During summers 2004 through 2008, Dr. Gant performed as an advisor to the International Scholar Laureate Program. She managed and
facilitated cultural awareness and educational experiences for university
students from across the U.S. She supervised educational exchanges in South
Africa, Australia, China as well as Central and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Gant is the CEO/Principal of Five Star Consulting, LLC. Her clients include Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft, Delmar Systems,
Inc., Department of Navy, Department of the Army and other federal agencies,
National Institutes of Health-Federal Women’s Program, National Blacks in
Government Association, University of Central Florida-Diversity Program.
Dr. Gant was a member of Working Mother Media, Inc. Advisory Group to identify America’s best companies for women.
Dr. Gant is married to Raymond C. Gant, D.D.S., U.S. Air Force Officer; they have two daughters and live in the Washington, DC metropolitan
area. Both still call Port St. Joe home having grown up and
graduated from the former Washington High School.