Vernice Armour

First African American Female Combat Pilot

Vernice Armour
  • Created a “Zero to Breakthrough Mentality” to ensure success in business and in life
  • Frequently featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, and NPR among others
  • Motivates, inspires, and energizes audiences to see obstacles as opportunities and conquer them at full speed

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Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour 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, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey, NPR, Tavis Smiley, and ABC's The View, 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 organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves 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, TM One Mission, One Goal, One TeamTM and Get Gutsy. Live Gutsy!, TM 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 honorary doctorates, was a Diversity Liaison Officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps and is a member of the COMCAST/NBC Universal 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: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter, which was released by Penguin in 2011, chronicles the process she utilized to transition from beat cop to America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. She is an internationally-recognized inspirational leadership keynote speaker for premier leadership conferences and Fortune 500 companies.

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

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Vernice Armour: Reach Your Breakthrough

Vernice Armour: Strength Has No Gender

Zero To Breakthrough. 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!

Participants will discover:

  • How passion, purpose, and 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

One Mission, One Goal, One Team! As a former Diversity Officer for Headquarters Marine Corps and liaison to the Pentagon, Vernice reveals 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 participant 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

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. 

Participants will discover how to:

  • Ignite Your Work Life: Infuse passion in your life professionally and personally
  • Breakthrough Obstacles: Recognize and utilize the skills and talents of everyone around you
  • Unleash Your Inner Potential: Unleash your full potential no matter your starting point
  • Accelerate your Success: Lead a Zero to Breakthrough™ life with a Breakthrough Mentality™ as a foundation

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!
     

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