Bachelor with distinction, Pennsylvania State University, 1962. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1964. Doctorate of Business Administration (honorary), Bryant College, 1973.
Doctorate of Commerce (honorary), Drexel University, 1990.
Doctorate of Commercial Science (honorary), University Hartford, 1994. Juris Doctor (honorary) Briarwood College, 1996.
Manager environmental analysis Singer Company. New York City, 1966-1968.
Assistant vice president Citibank, New York City, 1969-1971.
Assistant on White House staff for recruiting of women to positions in government, Washington, 1971-1973. Commissioner, vice chairman United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, 1973-1979. Senior fellow, director government and business program Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1979-1988.
President, Chief Executive Officer Franklin Associations, Washington, 1984-1992.
Alternate representative public delegate 44th session United Nations General Assembly, 1989-1990. Secretary commerce Department Commerce, Washington, 1992-1993.
President.and Chief Executive Officer Barbara Franklin Enterprises, Washington, 1995. Adviser to comptroller general United States, 1984-1992, 94.
Board directors Aetna, Incorporated., 1979-1992, chair audit committee, 93.
Board directors Cinn. Milacron Incorporated., 1996, Dow Chemical Company, 1980-1992, chair audit committee, 1985-1992, 93. Board directors Accredited Mortgage Professional, Incorporated.,1993, Judge-Advocate Jones, Incorporated., 1995-1998, MedImmune, Incorporated., 1995, National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation Stock Market, 1996-1998, Guest Svc., Incorporated., 1995.
Automatic Data Processing, Incorporated., 1984-1992, Armstrong World Indiana, 1989-1992, Black & Decker corporation, 1985-1992, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 1980-1992, Nordstrom, 1988-1992.
Public member Auditing Standards Board Planning Committee, 1989. Public member, board directors, chair audit committee American Institute Certified Public Accountant"s, 1979-1986.
Appointed by President Reagan then Bush to President"s Advisory Committee Trade Policy and Negotiations, 1982-1986, 89-92, chair task force on tax reform, 1985-1986. Company-chairman National Finance Committee George Bush for President, 1987-1988.
Connecticut representatives finance chair, 1993-1994.
Board visitors Defense Systems Management College, Department Defense, 1986-1989. Services policy advisory Committee of the United States Trade Representatives. Appointed by Governor Thornburgh to State Board Education, Commonwealth Pennsylvania, 1980-1981.
Board regents U. Hartford, 1986-1988.
Commentator Nightly Business Report, 1997. Trustee Pa.State University, 1976-1982.
Board directors Harvard Business School, 1998.
Manager environmental analysis Singer Company, New York City, 1964—1968. Assistant vice president Citibank, 1969—1971. Staff assistant to the President for recruiting women to government The White House, Washington, 1971—1973.
Commissioner United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1973—1979, vice chair, 1973—1974, 1977—1978. Senior fellow, director government and business program Wharton School University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1980—1988. President, Chief Executive Officer Franklin Associates, Washington, 1984—1992.
Secretary United States Department Commerce, 1992—1993. President, Chief Executive Officer Barbara Franklin Enterprises, since 1995. Commentator Nightly Business Report, since 1997.
Member President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, 1982—1986, 1991—1992. Chair task force on tax reform, 1985—1986. Member North American Free Trade Agreement task force President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, 1991—1992.
Alternate Republican and public delegate 44th session United Nations General Assembly, 1989—1990. Member consultant panel United States Comptroller General, 1984—1992, 1994—1998. Board directors Aetna, Inc., 1979—1992, since 1993, GenVec, Inc., since 2002, Dow Chemical Company, 1980—1992, since 1993, MedImmune, Inc., since 1995, Washington Mutual Investors Fund, since 2005.
Trustee Pennsylvania State University, 1976—1982. Board regents University Hartford, 1986—1988. Board advisors Harvard Business School, 1998—2003, since 2006.
Co-chairman national finance committee George Bush for President, 1987—1988, George W. Bush for President, 1999—2000. Member of United States China Business Council (vice-chair, director), National Committee United States-China Relations, Council Foreign Relations, National Association Corporation Director (Blue Ribbon Commission, Chief Executive Officer evaluation 1994, Blue Ribbon Commission, audit effectiveness 1999, co-chair Blue Ribbon Commission, executive compensation 2003), Atlantic Council (director), International Women's Forum (founding member), National Symphony Orchestra (director), Heritage Foundation (chair Asian studies advisory council), Economic Club New York (chairman).
Married Wallace Barnes, November 29, 1986.