Young, Cynthia

Cynthia Young
Knowledge Manager
McKean Defense

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Dr. Cindy Young is a retired U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer with 23 years of service and is currently a Knowledge Manager with McKean Defense and an adjunct professor at Stratford University – both in Virginia Beach, VA. While in the Navy, she deployed four times on three ships, USS ARTHUR W. RADFORD (DD 968), USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67), and USS JAMES E. WILLIAMS (DDG 95). As a Surface Warfare Officer, her specialty was with tactical employment of the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile.

As a Knowledge Manager for McKean Defense, she supports several Surface Team One (ST1) Knowledge Sharing Networks for surface ship maintenance validating current policy, stakeholders, milestone compliance, and exit criteria as they affect surface ship readiness for deployment. She has also facilitated several ST1 value stream mapping events and process improvement initiatives.

Her certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She is a past-Chair of ASQ Tidewater, Section 1128 (July 2013-December 2014).  She holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Project Management from Walden University, two MBAs, one in E-Commerce and one in Advanced Management Studies from Touro University International, and a BA in English Language and Literature from University of Maryland, College Park. Her doctoral study is Knowledge Management and Innovation on Firm Performance in United States Ship Repair. She is also the author of The Refractive Thinker: Vol XI: Women in Leadership, Chapter 3: Using Leadership to Improve Firm Performance through Knowledge Management.