Cynthia B Conner Public Speaker, Cynthia Byrd Conner Author of the book Quiet Strong | Jacksonville, FL   Contact Me


Cynthia Byrd Conner is the author of the book “Quiet Strong”, the life story of her father, Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Sherman Byrd. He was the first African American Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diver in the United States Armed Forces. He was an expert in disarming conventional bombs, neutralizing chemical and biological threats, and rendering nuclear weapons safe. Cynthia is currently on a two year book tour visiting colleges and universities that have Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), sharing her father's historical naval contributions and leadership skills during one of their leadership labs. Cynthia is uniquely qualified to bring her father’s biography to life. She has over 26 years of experience in ship maintenance and repair, 7 years as a Non-Destructive Test Inspector, 7 years as a Shipbuilding Specialist, and 12 years as a GS-12 Management and Program Analyst which is comparable to a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. Recently retired, Cynthia was employed by the Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Southeast Regional Maintenance Center. As the NAVSEA certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for the Engineering Department, Cynthia obtained extensive Speaker experience, presenting frequently to Admirals, Captains, Chiefs, private industry Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Engineers, and other Military and Civilian personnel.


Naval History, Leadership Skills, Diversity


The Epitome of Honor Courage and Commitment 1. The Honor of wearing a Navy Uniform 2. Deep Sea Diver Certification 1955 3. Scuba Diver Certification 1957 4. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Certification 1958 5. Advancement to Chief 1963

Empower, Enhance, Enable, Engage- Four Leadership skill sets for Supervisors to transfer to employees.

The advantages of having employees from various backgrounds.



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