Vernice Armour


About Vernice FlyGirl Armour - First African American Female Combat Pilot and Motivational Speaker:

Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, VerniceFlyGirlArmour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years - and became America’s first African American Female Combat Pilot. As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others - FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page and screen and moves people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless leaders, organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves, enhance performance - and create breakthrough results.

Commanding corporate, STEM-centric and female executive and entrepreneur audiences across the globe - FlyGirl’s most requested keynotes, Zero to Breakthrough™, One Mission, One Goal, One Team™ and Get Gutsy. Live Gutsy!™ - deliver messages that resonate: “You have permission to Engage;” “Take off from where you are;” “We win or lose together;” and “In order to succeed you gotta ‘Get Gutsy!"

A Tennessee native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, FlyGirl holds two honourary doctorates, was a Diversity Liaison Officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps - and is a member of the COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. She has received numerous awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was the Marine Corps’ first African American Female pilot, first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department’s motorcycle squad, a Camp Pendleton Female Athlete of the Year and two-time titleholder in their Strongest Warrior Competition - and a running back for the women’s pro football team, the San Diego ‘Sunfire.’

FlyGirl’s first signature book - Zero to Breakthrough™ was released in 2011.

FlyGirl is married and resides in the Atlanta, GA area. In 2015, she gave birth to “FlyBaby,” her gutsiest move yet!

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What Vernice FlyGirl Armour Talks About:

Cleared Hot! You HAVE Permission to Engage
Employee engagement, customer engagement, team engagement, personal engagement. No matter what area an organization is strategically trying to improve – individuals have to be engaged and execute in order for the plan forward! The key is giving the permission to engage from the inside out. Once that happens – your organization will be cleared hot! There’s no secret…a solid flight plan is the key.

Give your attendees a fast-paced message that will show how them how to:

  • Harness the power of a ‘breakthrough mentality’ mindset
  • Lead through mentorship
  • Leverage functional and individual diversity as a strategic advantage
  • Create breakthroughs for their teams with five simple steps

Who Needs A Runway?! Take Off From Where You Are!!!
The bottom line is that we have to move into action from where we are! Unfortunately, many people become paralyzed in the preparation phase. Decide what you want, put your stake in the ground – and execute! Vernice calls this making a commitment to the commitment. Give your organization the boost they need to come together as a team, understand how their objectives support the overall strategy – and accomplish the mission achieving the desired results!

Give your attendees an invigorating perspective that reveals how to:

  • Infuse passion in your life professionally and personally!
  • Recognize and utilize the skills and talents of everyone around you
  • Lead a Zero to Breakthrough™ life – with a ‘breakthrough mentality’ as the foundation
  • Unleash your full potential no matter where you are personally starting from

Zero To Breakthrough™ – A Breakthrough Mentality Creates a Breakthrough Life!
Put passion back in your life and design the path to your dreams with a ‘Breakthrough Mentality’ – be inspired by Vernice’s personal story of setbacks, challenges, adventure, success and triumph. Vernice takes you on an amazing journey through her life experiences and, most importantly – the lessons learned. Unleash the personal leadership power needed to take your life to the next level!

Attendees will discover:

  • How passion, purpose & positive steps create breakthrough results – and shape your destiny
  • The tangibility of possibility
  • Delay is not denial – and to retreat does not mean defeat
  • How to ignite your spark – and make your dreams a reality!

(Great for Employee Resource Groups, Women, Minorities and Students)

Driving Diversity Deep into the DNA of Your Organization
One mission, one goal, one team – Vernice reveals, as a former Diversity Officer for Headquarters Marine Corps and liaison to the Pentagon – what it took to help a 200,000 personnel organization get back on track! 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!

The leader will discover how to:

  • Know your people and harness the power, skills and talents of the team
  • Unleash the full potential of diversity to impact the bottom line
  • Effectively tap into the power of the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
  • Teach everyone to be an ambassador for diversity
  • Create a culture that values and respects all team members – one mission, one goal, one team!

(Great for senior and middle management, Diversity Councils and Employee Resource Groups)

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