Emily Harman

Founder, Emily Harman Coaching and Consulting, LLC

Ms. Emily Harman has 38 years of service to her country as both a Naval
Officer and civilian federal employee, retiring as a member of the Senior
Executive Service in May 2019. A trailblazer, Emily was in the sixth class of
women to graduate from the U. S. Naval Academy. Commissioned a
Supply Corps Officer, Emily was the first officer on the U.S.S, Emory S.
Land, AS-39 to qualify as a Supply Corps Surface Warfare Officer.
Recognized as a role model, Emily served as a Company Officer and
Leadership Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy. She served on active
duty for seven years and retired as a Commander from the Naval

As a DOD civilian, Emily served in various roles of increasing responsibility
as a Contracting Officer. She has extensive experience in contracting for
professional services well as major weapons systems in support of Naval
Aviation. Emily’s last assignment was Director of the DON’s Office of Small
Business Programs (OSBP) where she served as the chief advisor to the
Secretary of the Navy on all small business matters. In this role, she was
responsible for policy, advocacy, execution, and advice pertaining to Small
Business Programs and personnel throughout the Navy and Marine Corps.
Emily is passionate about improving government – industry communication.
As Director of the DON’s OSBP, she lowered barriers to entry for
thousands of small businesses by interviewing senior acquisition decision
makers on Facebook live and enabling the audience to ask questions.
During her tenure, she required each of the DON’s 10 major buying
commands to publish and execute a Small Business Strategy and led the
DON to record-setting small business awards (over $15 billion annually).
Emily finds deep satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals and
realize their potential. As a mentor through Veterati, Emily volunteers her
time to help veterans and military spouses accelerate the path to career
readiness, job leads and career opportunities.

As the Founder and CEO of Emily Harman Coaching and Consulting, LLC,
Emily delivers expert, customized service to small businesses in the federal
contracting arena. She often serves as an accountability partner, keeping
business owners on target, providing another perspective, and assisting
small business leaders in addressing difficult situations with the federal

Emily is the host of the Onward Podcast featuring authentic conversations
on facing adversity and moving forward. She’s also the founder of the
Onward Movement which seeks to inspire at least 10,000 people to release
fear of judgment and confidently move forward to pursue their dreams. The
Onward Movement is an engaged, compassionate community that offers
tools, resources, and support for its members as. They embrace their
authentic selves.

As a keynote speaker, Emily covers a range of topics from federal contracting and
leadership to overcoming adversity and embracing authenticity. When speaking
about overcoming adversity, Emily shares her personal story as she believes our
stories serve as connectors, enabling us to gain strength from our common

Emily received her B.S. in Physical Science from the U.S. Naval Academy
and earned her M.S. in Acquisition and Contract Management from the
Florida Institute of Technology. She attended several Executive Level
Courses at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business
School. She’s Department of Defense Certified Level III in Contracting and
Small Business and a Certified Professional Contract Manager through the
National Contract Management Association.