VERNICE "FLYGIRL" ARMOUR

America's First Black Female Combat Pilot; Former Marine & Cop; Author, Zero To Breakthrough; and Consultant to Business

SPEAKS ABOUT

Thriving With Change • Achieving Audacious Goals • Resilience & Adaptability • Teamwork & Collaboration • Inspiration & Motivation • Mental Health • DE&I • Overcoming Obstacles • Culture • Managing Risk • Leadership • Performance & Execution •  Women & Work • High-Energy

“Get Gutsy – Acknowledge the obstacles, don’t give them power.”
- Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Summary

Combat tests you. Being a beat cop tests you. Life tests you. Three brothers and being the only girl…tests you. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour has been tested her whole life. A gutsy trailblazer, her resume is an impressive collection of “firsts” including America’s first Black female combat pilot. She served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine. She was also a diversity liaison officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps. After her military service, FlyGirl revved up her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, consultant to business, and author of Zero to Breakthrough, The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. As a speaker, FlyGirl unleashes hard-hitting advice and amazing anecdotes from her adventures on the battlefield and in business. She helps individuals and organizations Get Gutsy and build a sustainable inner force and conviction, that results in accomplishing significant goals.

SPEECH THEMES

SPEECH DESCRIPTIONS

 

ONE MISSION – ONE GOAL – ONE TEAM

Gutsy Leaders create Gutsy Teams that make Gutsy Moves. They’re proactive – not reactive; and create the future by summoning the courage to adapt and align. Drawing on her trailblazing career as a U.S. Marine combat helicopter pilot, Vernice “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. FlyGirl’s storytelling lights up people’s imaginations – showing them new ways to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

SAMPLE TAKEAWAYS
• How to build trust: Get everyone to step up, engage, and collaborate
• Get personal: Learn each person’s skills, talents & hidden passions
• Ways to unleash your diversity to strengthen the bottom line
• Disrupt traditional metrics of success (measure more than money)
• Learn when to plant and when to pivot in order to adapt-at-speed
• Create a culture that attracts and retains the best talent

TAILORED TO THESE THEMES: Leadership, Teamwork, Execution, Adapting to Change, Inspiration, Creating High Performing Culture, Improving Trust, Diversity, Accountability, Engagement

GET GUTSY – HARNESS A BREAKTHROUGH MINDSET

How you react to personal and professional obstacles, adversity, and disappointment is a choice. It also determines your future. Black, female, gay, and a child of divorce, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour learned this early in her pioneering journey from motorcycle cop to the Marines to becoming America’s first Black female combat pilot. FlyGirl’s energy rocks the house as she recounts for audiences her challenges, adventures, and ultimate triumph. Her authenticity, enthusiasm, and positivity inspire people to Get Gutsy and finally reimagine what’s possible.

SAMPLE TAKEAWAYS
• 7-step process to shatter limiting beliefs and unleash breakthroughs
• Replace a self-defeating “Zero Mentality” with a winning “Breakthrough Mentality”
• How to avoid burnout and keep moving forward
• Delay is not Denial, and to Retreat does not mean Defeat
• Tactics to ignite your passion and design the path to your dreams

TAILORED TO THESE THEMES: Inspiration, Positivity, Resilience, Motivation, Achieving Big Goals, Overcoming Obstacles, Empowerment, Diversity

WHO NEEDS A RUNWAY? TAKE OFF FROM WHERE YOU ARE

Helicopter pilots spring into action from where they are. They don’t need a runway. It’s their edge in battle. Marine chopper pilot Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour believes this metaphor is perfect for uncertain times where speed and agility are survival skills. FlyGirl fires up audiences with her energy and storytelling – relating hard-learned lessons with tactics for quickly adapting to the forces of change. This presentation is perfect for audiences navigating uncertainty or looking to accomplish audacious goals. FlyGirl will spark their courage and enthusiasm.

SAMPLE TAKEAWAYS

• Recognize and take decisive action to capitalize on defining moments
• No situation is ever perfect – gain momentum from where you are
• The three-step plan: Decide, Commit, and Execute…at speed
• Recognize and harness the talents of everyone around you
• How to create a “Zero to Breakthrough” culture

TAILORED TO THESE THEMES: Change, Inspiration, Overcoming Adversity, Innovation, Making Faster Decisions, Creating a High Performing Culture

A NEW CONVERSATION: ACTIVELY TRANSFORMING A COMPANY, CULTURE AND COUNTRY

It’s time! This is about coming together – working to create an equitable culture for employees, stakeholders, and customers. A place where ALL can feel like they belong and are part of the team. It starts by establishing rules of engagement for civil, productive conversations that find solutions – not fault. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour was a diversity officer for U.S. Marine Corps HQ; its liaison to the Pentagon. As a gay Black woman she brought valuable personal experience to her work. She learned: When you bring people together, their differences can result in tension…THIS IS NORMAL! How you MANAGE that diversity is the key!

SAMPLE TAKEAWAYS
• Create a culture that values and respects all team members
• 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

TAILORED TO THESE THEMES: Belonging, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Organizational Culture, Teamwork, Communication Skills

IN PRINT

TESTIMONIALS

VERNICE “FLYGIRL” ARMOUR’S VIDEO TESTIMONIAL LIBRARY

 

“Vernice was a homerun!! She delivered a terrific presentation, high energy and engaging. The chat was blowing up during her presentation. She was really easy to work with, too!!”

– Kimberly-Clark (VIRTUAL EVENT)

“I can’t thank you enough for joining our Senior Leadership Forum and sharing your incredible energy with us! When I reflect on your messages – and there were so many great ones – what really stood out for me – especially given the past year – is ‘Acknowledge the obstacles – do not give them power.’ Pause, be curious and have the courage to overcome those obstacles, without letting them overtake you. It’s a clear, simple and relevant call to action as we continue to live in uncertain times. I was also impressed by your authenticity; despite being online, you created an experience that connected us all — and left us inspired and motivated.”

– EVP & Chief People Officer, Element Fleet Management (VIRTUAL EVENT)

“You are engaging, thoughtful, funny and genuine. Immediately following our virtual session focused on how to actively transform a company, culture and country; C-level executives were raving about how they felt engaged the entire time and felt like they walked away with specific actionable items. The level of passion and customization of your message targeting their specific challenges and leadership level, were a pleasant surprise for many.”

– Senior Program Manager, Evanta (VIRTUAL EVENT)

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

– Iron Mountain

“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

“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)

“As the first African American female combat pilot in U.S. history, I am certain your journey has not been an easy one. I am also certain that your presentation will influence VA employees because it speaks to a commitment to succeed. Your focus, your passion, your purpose, and your positive attitude are the necessary tools to handle obstacles and help you overcome any barriers. Your message will inspire all to do his or her personal best.”

– Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

“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)

“Captain Armour’s audience was truly inspired by her courage and tenacity. She is exciting to be around and really represents a woman that young women can aspire to be. Our law students were empowered by Captain Armour. She is a dynamic presence.”

– Professor of Law and Producer, Massachusetts School of Law at Andover

“Your program on ‘EXCELerated Passion’ was engaging, humorous and energetic and challenged us all to strive for success.”

– Director, United States Secret Service