Finding Meaning in the Mission: An Interview with Delicia Balgaard

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For Women’s History Month, we are spotlighting a few of RevGen’s incredible women leaders. These interviews will highlight their experiences, their accomplishments, and what keeps them motivated in this busy, complicated world.

 

 

“Growing up in McLean, Virginia about fifteen minutes from the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Pentagon, I always felt a strong allegiance to my community and my country.”

That sense of community has shaped Delicia Balgaard’s career. A woman of boundless energy, her weekends are filled to the brim: cheering on her kids as they play sports, enjoying time outdoors biking and skiing, and traveling. Being busy at home crystallized what is important to her at work. Her focus? Meaningful projects and building strong, diverse teams.

“There is nothing more memorable and impactful than when I am able to support a mission I believe in, and when I can see the results of my efforts,” Delicia says.

That her mission-oriented work has been impactful is an understatement. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s from Johns Hopkins University, and her childhood home just a stone’s throw from the Central Intelligence Agency, it was almost destined that she would spend a significant portion of her consulting career supporting the intelligence community in the Washington metropolitan region.

“I discovered my passion for mission-oriented projects at the National Counterterrorism Center. Post-9/11, I spent years creating and improving technology and processes to increase collaboration and intelligence sharing across the intelligence community in an attempt to minimize future terrorist attacks.”

For Delicia, now a Senior Manager at RevGen Partners, her career has proven time and again that the whole has always been greater than the sum of its parts. Moving from public sector consulting to private sector consulting was a big shift. However, that high-stakes experience taught her valuable lessons in leadership and the importance of developing high-performing teams.

“Missing intelligence information, a lack of sharing, or delays in sharing intelligence information among the intelligence community could have resulted in another 9/11. There was an immense amount of pressure to ensure the right information got into the right hands as soon as possible. My team played an instrumental role in fulfilling the mission.”

 

 

While she may no longer be working with critical intelligence, everything she’s learned has been put into practice during her 20 years of consulting work. At RevGen, these insights have been crucial, especially as she’s continued supporting technology projects. One important takeaway: getting comfortable with change.

“It’s important to remain flexible. Client needs and technology can change quickly, so I am always ready to adapt.”

Those years in the intelligence trenches also solidified something Delicia already knew about herself — given the opportunity to showcase her passion, she would knock it out of the park.

“Nothing in my life has ever been handed to me. My accomplishments are a direct result of my hard work, resilience, and my desire to live up to my fullest potential. As a Black woman, it became clear early in my career that I would have to work extra hard to be successful.

“I was given an extraordinary opportunity to serve my client and my country in ways I never could have imagined. I’m thankful that I had the confidence and belief in myself to say yes to the opportunity. My experiences and successful outcomes resulted in a next level of confidence.”

She urges everyone to have that same confidence.

“When a unique consulting opportunity or a stretch role presents itself, take it! I trusted my abilities and my instincts, and I selected and nurtured diverse teams of outstanding individuals. Together we made a huge difference, and I learned a lot about myself in the process.”

For her, working towards a larger goal, whether it’s for a private sector client or the U.S. government, is what keeps her motivated.

“I am very proud of the mission-oriented work I have led. It enhanced my sense of purpose, my sense of responsibility, and my commitment to show up each day and give my very best.”

 

 

 Delicia Balgaard is a delivery leader in RevGen’s digital enablement practice. She is passionate about leveraging the power of technology to create unforgettable experiences for customers and employees.

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