U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (ret.) Margaret Kibben is a dynamic spiritual leader and strategic-level consultant with more than thirty years of experience in enhancing the resiliency and well-being of the organizations she serves.
As Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Navy, she served as a trusted advisor to senior military officers on leadership development, providing a unique, pragmatic perspective in how personal and professional value systems translate both within their command and throughout the world. She holds a deep belief that the integrity of each leader affects the health, welfare, and capability an organization and guides executives on instilling a culture in their organizations that supports enterprise goals.
Margaret culminated her active duty military career as the U.S. Navy’s 26th Chief of Chaplains, leading more than 2,500 Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard religious ministry professionals around the world. Along with investing in the development and support of the chaplaincy, she provided guidance regarding resiliency, ethics, and character to senior leaders, including the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard. She refined chaplaincy professionalism standards and recruiting, and developed initiatives focused on ethical principles as the foundation to skills and abilities.
Prior to this assignment, Margaret was the first woman to serve as Chaplain of the Marine Corps, where she developed an unprecedented relationship of trust with senior Marine Corps leaders.
Previously, she served as Command Chaplain for the Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan where she led teams providing ministry to a force of 20,000, served as the senior mentor to Afghan leadership, and advised U.S. leaders.