Shirley Adams

Shirley Adams, Vice President, SPAWAR Services, GDIT Navy/Air Force Services Sector is a seasoned executive with over twenty years’ experience delivering on-target action strategies for small and large organizations. She specializes in Strategic Planning, Operational Effectiveness, Knowledge Management, and Business Development. Her leadership history with major businesses such as GDIT, Systems Engineering Solutions (SESI) and Mazda; providing IT services for large firms such as Boeing, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, their OEMs, Dealership Franchises, and the Department of Defense, have resulted in major team productivity improvements, achievement of multimillion-dollar milestones, and successful new profitcenter launches. As a strategist for revenue growth and business management, Ms. Adams has counseled companies to industry leader positions by helping them broaden market share and increase profits. As an accomplished leader, teacher, author and speaker; she has been recognized by all segments of the business community and is the recipient of numerous awards from both industry and government including:


  • Crystal Airplane Award – Development of Innovative Solutions in the Commercial Aerospace Industry
  • Top Influencials Award – San Diego Daily Transcript
  • “Women Who Mean Business” Award – San Diego Business Journal
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who – Lifetime Honoree
  • Excellence in Leadership Award, AFCEA International

Shirley is also involved with various professional organizations and industry associations, including the Air Transport Association (ATA) as a working group member for the development of world-wide commercial standards and specifications, the National Defense and Industrial Association (NDIA); former Chairman of the Board, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA); current AFCEA International Regional Vice President for the South Western Region and Past President for the San Diego Chapter. She also serves on the Board of Advisors for FleetWeek and CyberTECH. Ms. Adams is a graduate of Northwood University with a


Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management and is a resident of San Diego, California.