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Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

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America's first Black female combat pilot, former Marine & cop, author, and consultant

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Your encouragement and enthusiasm regarding leadership really has motivated the attendees and FEW to truly EXCEL. Although, your personal achievements and the powerful woman you are, are inspirational in its own right."

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Speaker FlyGirl is known as America's first African-American combat pilot, but FlyGirl also holds many other accolades under her belt as she steps into the speaking world filled with knowledge and personal insight, ready to assist organizations with any situational mishaps and goal-oriented accomplishments. FlyGirl connects with audience members through conversations of adventures through the battlefield and her intimate knowledge in business. FlyGirl brings variation to your organization for top-notch advancement.

Why you should book Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

  • She is educated in her field. Speaker FlyGirl holds two honorary doctorates and has also received numerous awards as a pioneering pilot and honors for her commanding role in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • She is vastly noticed. Her story has been featured in the media, including CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey, and much more.
  • She is a scholar. FlyGirl made the Naval Air Station’s prestigious Commodore’s List and received the Academic Achievement Award. She was the top graduate in her class, and she continued to make history as the Marine Corps’ first African American female pilot.

As a speaker, FlyGirl delivers hard-hitting consultation and fascinating anecdotes from her adventures on the battlefield and in business as well. She assists individuals and organizations alike to build a sustainable inner force, belief, perseverance, and conviction, which results in realizing and accomplishing important goals and results. In 2007 she launched VAI Consulting & Training, LLC. Through this organization, she helps both individuals and organizations create positive change and achieve breakthrough results by applying her “Zero to BreakthroughTM” Success Model. She regularly does keynotes presentations to premier meetings and conferences worldwide and is Confidence Mentor for elite senior executive Women in Tech.

Speaker FlyGirl was born in Chicago in 1973 and then moved to Memphis after her parents divorced. In 1991, she graduated from John Overton High School for Creative and Performing Arts, a very active student who took an interest in the music program, was class vice president, a member of Mu Alpha Theta (mathematics society) The National Honour Society. After flight school, she was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego. She was deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and was recognized by the Department of Defense as America’s first African American female combat pilot. She flew desert missions in her missile-equipped attack helicopter, engaging the enemy and scouting roads to ensure they were safe for her fellow Marines and soldiers on the ground.

After leaving the military, “FlyGirl” launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC. She currently lives in Atlanta with her daughter Noah.

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Keynote by speaker FlyGirl

One Mission- One Goal- One Team

Gutsy Leaders create Gutsy Teams that make Gutsy Moves. Be proactive – not reactive; that’s how the best organizations create the future. It begins by summoning the courage to change tactics and align. Drawing on a distinguished career as a U.S. Marine combat helicopter pilot,  FlyGirl Armour unloads valuable lessons learned under the most stressful of circumstances – about leadership, teamwork, resilience, communication, execution, and building a culture of unshakable trust. A compelling storyteller who commands attention – in-person or virtually, FlyGirl inspires audiences and shows them the key steps to achieving more than they ever thought possible.

Audience takeaways:

  • Create a culture of trust where everyone steps up, engages, and collaborates
  • How really knowing your people can harness skills, talents & hidden passions
  • Unleash the full potential of diversity to impact the bottom line
  • Disrupt traditional metrics of success (measure more than money)
  • How to decide when to plant and when to pivot
Keynote by speaker FlyGirl

Get Gutsy– Harness A Breakthrough Mindset

How you respond to personal and professional obstacles, adversity, and disappointment is a choice. It also determines your future. Black, gay, and a child of divorce, FlyGirl Armour learned this early. Her incredible journey – from the police department to the Marines and becoming America’s first Black female combat pilot – was filled with challenges, adventures, successes, and ultimate triumph.

She translates those lessons for audiences, drawing from her book Zero to Breakthrough – The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. FlyGirl is a force who will rock the house! Her energy, enthusiasm, and positivity inspire people to Get Gutsy and reimagine what’s possible.

Audience takeaways:

  •  7 steps shatter limiting beliefs, unleashing personal and professional breakthroughs
  • Swap a defeating “Zero Mentality” with a winning “Breakthrough Mentality”
  • Delay is not Denial, and to Retreat does not mean Defeat
  • Tactics to ignite your passion and design the path to your dreams
Keynote by speaker FlyGirl

Who Needs A Runway? Take Off From Where You Are

Helicopter pilots can spring into action from where they are. They don’t need a runway. Being nimble gives them an incredible edge in battle. FlyGirl Armour thinks this metaphor is perfect for uncertain times where speed and agility are survival skills. FlyGirl not only fires up an audience – in-person and virtually – with her energy and memorable stories, she punctuates hard-learned lessons with tactics that can be used to quickly adapt to the forces of change impacting your organization.

This presentation is perfect for audiences navigating uncertainty, new regulations, unparalleled market forces, or looking to accomplish audacious goals. Give your group the necessary boost to come together as a team and innovate quickly and confidently.

Audience takeaways:

  • Recognize and take decisive action to capitalize on a defining digital moment
  • The situation is never perfect – gain momentum from where you are
  • Decide, Commit, Execute
  • Recognize and harness the skills and talents of everyone around you
  • Create a “Zero to Breakthrough” culture
Keynote by speaker FlyGirl

A New Conversation: Actively Transforming A Company, Culture and Country

This isn’t about politics; this is about being proactive. This is about coming together and deciding what we can do as an organization to create an equitable culture for employees, stakeholders, and customers that serves all involved. Where ALL can feel like they belong. Where all feel like they are part of the team.

This is about establishing rules of engagement for civil, productive conversations that find solutions, not fault.  FlyGirl Armour was a diversity officer for U.S. Marine Corps HQ and liaison to the Pentagon. As a gay, Black woman she brought valuable personal experience to her work, driving diversity policy for a 200,000 personnel organization. When you bring people together, you will have differences and similarities that result in tension and complexities…THIS IS NORMAL! How you MANAGE diversity is the key!

Audience takeaways:

  • Why it’s time to turn THE Conversation into a NEW Conversation
  • Ways to face uncomfortable issues without playing ostrich
  • How to prevent a counter-productive herd mentality
  • Set an example of civility and motivate people to respond in kind
  • Create a culture that values and respects all team members
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“Your energy and message started the event off on such a high note, and we are so grateful for that! The attendees felt so empowered and motivated after listening to your story—they definitely feel gutsy now!”

Stanford Women in Business

“You have been beyond an inspiration! You are so engaging, motivational, unique, and powerful. We all felt your energy through the screen.

Iron Mountain

"The audience was absorbed by your stories of grit, determination and your lessons learned; you clearly connected with every individual as I could see how engaged people were...thank you for demonstrating that we can make dreams happen and seize the joy that awaits us in this life adventure.

Managing Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Americas, UBS Investment Bank

"It was a pleasure working with you on this event. Your professionalism and desire to deliver an outstanding presentation made a tremendous difference in the overall quality of our event. I would highly recommend you as a speaker for other organizations, particularly those who want to provide a 'real life' example of leadership in action.

Director, Education & Program Development, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)
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5 out of 5 stars

Your encouragement and enthusiasm regarding leadership really has motivated the attendees and FEW to truly EXCEL. Although, your personal achievements and the powerful woman you are, are inspirational in its own right."

National President, Federally Employed Women (FEW) See all references

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