Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Catherine Barnes is an educator, author, and the owner of two businesses, Sudden Impact Solutions and Dare 2 Dream Travel Agency. At Sudden Impact Solutions, Catherine provides expert consulting and coaching services, helping women reach their potentional through personal and professional development, as well as mental health first aid training.
Catherine started her career in education as a Classroom Assistant, while attending the University of Florida. Her experiences led her to become a teacher. Over the course of her career, she continued to strive for success and challenge herself, eventually pursuing both Masters and Doctoral degrees. She has held a variety of positions within the field of education across all stages of learning.
At the root of Dr. Barnes’s ethos is the belief that every student deserves a fighting chance—sometimes, you just have to fight to give it to them. She has seen the difference empowerment makes in the lives of children and how having the right tools can tremendously transform the trajectory of student lives. In turn, this philosophy of change and empowerment has allowed her to employ the same philosophy in almost every aspect of her life.
A passionate and well-versed teacher and leader, Dr. Catherine Barnes is now using her skillset to help empower individuals outside of the classroom. As the Owner and President of Sudden Impact Solutions, she is a PWN certified leadership and capacity building consultant and a supervising mentor who supports aspiring leaders. Her insight into business, education, professional development, women and teen issues, relationships, leadership is based on over 25 years of successful experience.
Her work has been lauded by organizations such as the Schultz Center for Professional Development, which appointed her with the honor of Schultz Center Fellow. She was also appointed to the Professional Woman Network’s Board of Directors and is a member of E3 Business Group’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development. In addition to her PWN certification, Dr. Catherine Barnes holds a number of prestigious certifications and affiliations, including:
- Florida Department of Education Certification;
- Level II School Principal Certification;
- National Association of Secondary School Principals;
- National Alliance of Black School Educators;
- Educational Leadership Certification;
- Leadership Development Mentor and Project Facilitator
Additionally, Dr. Barnes has taken her knowledge and distilled it into numerous publications. She is the author of several books, Teenage Girls: The Guide for Health, Wellness & Self-Esteem, Sister, Why You Hate Me? Ending the Cycle of Sister to Sister Hate, Beyond Theory: Practical Strategies for Making A Difference in Schools, The Power of the P: Finding the One That Fits, and Woman Power: Strategies for Female Leaders. In just a few months, she will be releasing her next book, Love Letters to Us, a collection of letters written by women from all walks of life. This book celebrates beauty and triumph while giving voice and validation to women all over the world.
When Dr. Catherine Barnes isn’t teaching or helping others through her coaching seminars, she can be found managing Dare 2 Dream Travel Agency, which she opened almost five years ago. Travel has always been an important part of her life, and she has flourished by using her passion as an opportunity to help others experience the life-changing moments only travel can offer.