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Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour
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$20,000 to $25,000
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Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour
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$20,000 to $25,000
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  • As the first African-American female combat pilot in the U.S., Vernice “Fly Girl” Armour knows a few things about pro-active leadership that is always prepared to make gutsy decisions.
  • Vernice Armour’s journey from beat cop to combat pilot in just three years is an inspirational story about moving forward with confidence, courage, and character.
  • Vernice Armour’s step-by-step process helps people break down barriers that may be destroying their life and stalling their success.

From beat cop to combat pilot in just three years, Vernice Armour has lived her life defying the odds and breaking through barriers. As the United States’ first African-American female combat pilot, asking permission is not part of Armour’s vocabulary, and her life of “firsts” clearly shows it. She also has the distinction of being the first the U.S. Marine Corps’ first African-American female pilot, and the first African-American female police officer in Tempe, Arizona, and on the Nashville police motorcycle squad.

Armour’s call to serve was modeled early in life—her grandfather was one of the first African Americans to segregate the Marine Corps in the 1940s—and her father and stepfather were also in the military. While at Middle Tennessee State University in the early 1990s, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and the ROTC program. After a brief break from college to serve on the Nashville police force, she graduated in 1997, worked for the Tempe police department, and then joined the U.S. Marines as an officer candidate.

Her impressive military career began in 2001 when Armour graduated from flight school at the top of her class. While stationed at Camp Pendleton, she was named Female Athlete of the Year and twice won the annual Strongest Warrior Competition. In March 2003, she was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she was recognized as the United States’ first African-American female combat pilot. She served two combat tours in Iraq, and left the military in 2007. She has been awarded numerous medals and decorations, including the Navy Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy.

Amour then launched VAI Consulting and Training, a million-dollar company built on her Zero to BreakthroughTM Success Model to help people live with a breakthrough mentality. In 2011, she published Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter, a biography that outlines the process she used to excel in leadership.

Today, Armour speaks to audiences worldwide, encouraging leaders to take risks and make decisions rather than wait for someone to give them permission. She has two honorary doctorates, is a member of the COMCAST/NBC Universal Joint Diversity Council, and has been interviewed and featured extensively in the media. Armour tackled another first in 2015 when she became a first-time mother to a baby girl.

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TESTIMONIALS

"Vernice was amazing! I appreciated the fact that she requested to interact with our students prior to the start of graduation. She is highly personable and the students resonated with her speech."
Argosy University

"Vernice's message and energy and sense of humor combined to create an amazing experience for all who attended our event."
Unisys Corp.

"There’s no shortage of achievements. You’re awesome girl... You’re awesome!"
    Oprah

"I was so inspired, I hit the ground running with several ideas that I have been planning for months now..."
    M. Mack Jones, Bank of America

"I’ve shared stage with hundreds of great speakers over the past 20 years, and they all better take notice because Vernice Armour is a force, a powerhouse, and I highly recommend her to you. She will change your life!"
    Les Brown, International Motivational Speaker

"One need only hear Captain Armour speak to understand why she is so sought after by CNN and shows such as Tavis Smiley and Oprah... This history making, mission-focused woman represents the ‘total package’."
    Paula Miller-Lester, Publisher, Minorities and Women in Business

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Vernice “Fly Girl” Armour has lived her life breaking through barriers, not waiting for permission. The United States’ first African-American female combat pilot knows a thing or two about balancing effective goal-setting and proper preparation with what she calls the “gutsy move” – that sooner or later you have to move forward in confidence, courage, and character.

Combining her intelligence and easy sense of humor, Armour calls on her experience as a combat pilot and military leader to talk with audiences about:

  • Having a “breakthrough mentality” mindset
  • Capitalizing on small breakthroughs that lead to bigger ones
  • Unleashing the full potential of diversity to impact the bottom line
  • Choosing servant leadership as a way to live and lead.
  • Her stories about moments in her life that defined her future inspire audiences to see every moment of their life as preparation for the next phase, and to embrace leadership as an action rather than just a title.

    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!
  • 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)

    BEST-SELLING BOOKS

    Zero to Breakthrough

    Zero to Breakthrough
    Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within a year she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. When she returned home, she realized that many people want to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just don’t know how.

    From her experiences, she created a 7-step process called the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Plan. In this extraordinary book, she now reveals her astonishing story, and what principles formed the foundations of her unprecedented success.

    Known to most simply as "FlyGirl", she is your battle-tested, personal coach in this unstoppable, tour de force methodology.

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