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Nicole Malachowski

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A 21-year veteran combat pilot of the U.S. Air Force, former advisor for the First Lady and security provider

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Speaker Nicole Malachowski is an experienced leader with an incredible life story. Her story is one of overcoming hardship and achieving seemingly impossible dreams. With every obstacle she overcame, she grew. Now she shares her hard-earned life lessons as a keynote speaker.

Ever since she first saw an airshow as a child, Nicole dreamt of flying military jets.
Ruthlessly pursuing her dream brought her further than she could have ever imagined.

Speaker Nicole Malachowski became not only a successful pilot, she became the first female Thunderbird pilot and served as a squadron commander. She flew at twice the speed of sound, advised the first lady and proudly provided security for Iraq’s democratic elections in 2005. However, after 2 decades of serving in the US air force, Nicole’s life took an unexpected turn, when an illness forced her to retire from the career she had worked so hard to build.

Ater being diagnosed with a neurological tick-borne illness, speaker Nicole Malachowski literally had to learn to walk and talk for a second time. Yet she has no regrets. Her positive attitude and willingness to redefine herself have brought Nicole through hardship and helped her pursue her audacious dreams – and this attitude is infectious! As she speaks, audience members find themselves empowered to achieve their dreams. Her practical message and approach towards life make her a hugely inspiring speaker!

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Harnessing Headwinds of Change

In flying, headwinds slow you down. At their worst, they cause you to change your plans and impact the effectiveness of weapons in combat. Headwinds demand that pilots be resilient and resourceful, literally on the fly.

Nicole has the perfect message to inspire audiences to think differently about the headwinds of change they face – organizationally and personally. Drawing on her extraordinary Air Force career, Nicole offers lessons on leadership, followership, and overcoming adversity.

  • Speaker Nicole weaves storytelling with breathtaking video from the cockpit of her jet as the Thunderbirds execute precision turns, rolls, and loops – all just 36” from one another at 400 mph and just 300 feet off the ground.
  • This keynote helps audiences ignite their own indomitable spirit in order to succeed far beyond what they might dream. “Failure isn’t fatal,” she says, “it’s the price of entry if you want to achieve something great.
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Pushing the envelope: Being the best when it counts.

What does it take to be the best? The individuals and teams who achieve at the highest levels have one thing in common: they push the envelope and go to the edge of boundaries. They accomplish as much as possible and do it to a standard of excellence. Pushing the envelope is an aviation term for taking an aircraft to the maximum limits of its abilities.

In the business world, pushing the envelope means knowing yourself – certainly knowing your limits – all while using every bit of your ability to maximize your performance, be your best and be consistent.

Nicole Malachowski inspires audiences with lessons learned from a distinguished 21-year career – giving them the courage to push the envelope in their own lives.

  • Using inevitable failures to launch to the next level…preparing for turbulence, because change is unrelenting, and it is hard, but you must anticipate it…trusting in teammates’ skill and precision.
  • Developing your own skill and percision and being mindful of the over-control that leads to performance malfunctions and mutes achievement.
  • Nicole’s presentation provides an unforgettable and practical roadmap for individuals and organizations looking to make the most of their talents and effort
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Breaking Barriers: Conquering self-doubt and cultural paradigms.

Every great accomplishment involves breaking barriers – both culturally and within.

Nicole Malachowski is a trailblazer who succeeded in a traditionally male-dominated career field: the world of the fighter pilot. As uncomfortable and risky as stretching the limits of yourself and your surroundings might be, Nicole tells audiences there’s no reason to allow that to dictate your goals and aspirations.

She is relatable to women and men with a fascinating narrative of exactly what it took to be a woman vanguard and break tradition.

  • Nicole offers actionable tools and real-world lessons about pursuing her dream, making choices, all while building a family and achieving success in a career where few women had gone before.
  • Nicole inspires audiences with a message rooted in her personal mantra – “Nobody wants to lead a scripted life.
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    Cultures Can Confine - Nobody Wants to Lead a Scripted Life

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