Dr. Catherine Barnes
About Dr. Catherine Barnes
Dr. Catherine Barnes is an educator, world traveler, businesswoman, and author based in Jacksonville, Florida. Catherine currently owns and operates two businesses, Dare 2 Dream Travel Agency and Sudden Impact Solutions, a consulting and coaching company specializing in helping women find the most appropriate paths to personal success.
Travel has been an essential part of Dr. Barnes’s life for as long as she can remember. She has visited every continent save Antarctica, which she has no desire to visit. Years ago, upon planning one of her exotic trips, she began talking to travel agents about the business. She quickly learned that the best way for her to expand her travel was to become a travel agent.
Catherine began researching and eventually started her own travel business. Now in its fifth year of business, Dare 2 Dream Travel Agency has been able to help countless people experience the wonders of exploring the world. To Dr. Catherine Barnes, nothing quite puts life in perspective like travel.
As a business owner and lifelong educator, Dr. Barnes began to realize that her wealth of knowledge in topics surrounding education, leadership development, and business could be of great use to other women. It was then that she opened Sudden Impact Solutions and began her consulting and coaching company. She now offers individual and group coaching, consulting, personal and professional development, empowerment training, mental health first aid, and revitalization retreats.
Catherine’s varied and accomplished career has earned her a number of awards, including the Schultz Center for Professional Development’s title of Schultz Center Fellow in Teaching and Learning. She is also an appointed member of the Professional Woman Network’s Board of Directors and a member of E3 Business Group’s Center for Entrepreneurial Development.
In addition to managing multiple businesses, Dr. Catherine Barnes is an internationally published author. To date, she has published six books, and her next, Love Letters to Us, will be released shortly. Her books showcase her expertise in women’s matters, but also her experience and insight as a lifelong educator.
Dr. Barnes started her career as a Classroom Assistant, working her way through degrees, teaching positions, and administrative roles. She has taught at all levels, from elementary to the graduate level. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Marketing, a Master of Arts in Education and Educational Leadership, and a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resource Development and Conflict Resolution.
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