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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Keynote Speaker: America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot, Former Marine & Cop; Author of "Zero to Breakthrough”; and Consultant to Business

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour Biography

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.

In 2007, FlyGirl launched VAI Consulting & Training, LLC. Through that work, she helps individuals and organizations make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results by applying her “Zero to Break throughTM” Success Model –a mindset that helped to propel her career and kept her safe in air combat. FlyGirl regularly takes her message to premier meetings and conferences worldwide and is a Gutsy Confidence Mentor for elite senior executive Women in Tech.

As her newest business venture, in 2020 FlyGirl started FlyGirl Construction, a General Contracting Firm in the Atlanta, GA area.

As a Black gay woman and single mom, FlyGirl brings vital experience to her role as a member of the Forbes School of Business & Technology Board of Advisors and COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council.

FlyGirl has two honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards as a pioneering pilot, including honors for her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour’s story has been featured in the media including on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and many more, along with being a running back for the San Diego Sunfire professional women’s football team and two-time title holder of Camp Pendleton’s Strongest Warrior Competition.

She is currently working on her next book, “The Gutsy Move”.

Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour and other top speakers and celebrities.

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour Speaking Topics

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. Vernice “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!

SAMPLE 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

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

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. Vernice “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.

SAMPLE 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

TAILORED TO THESE THEMES: Change, Inspiration, Overcoming Adversity, Innovation

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, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour learned this early. Her incredible journey – from 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.

SAMPLE 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

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

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, 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. 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.

SAMPLE 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

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

Driving Diversity Deep into the DNA of Your Organization: One Mission, One Goal, One Team

In this speech, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour—a former diversity officer for Headquarter Marine Corps and liaison to the Pentagon—reveals what it took to help a 200,000-personnel organization get back on track. She explains how, when you bring people together, it is normal to have differences and similarities that result in tension and complexities, but that what is key is how you manage that diversity.

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!

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour Videos

FLYGIRL: Who Needs a Runway
FLYGIRL: Overcome Fear - Get Gutsy
FLYGIRL: Military Profile

How to book Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour?

Booking fees for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Faith & Religion, Personal Growth and Peak Performance. The estimated speaking fee range to book Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Carey Lohrenz, J.R. Martinez and Melissa Stockwell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for an upcoming event.

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour Speaking Topics

  • 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. Vernice “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!

    SAMPLE 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

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

  • 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. Vernice “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.

    SAMPLE 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

    TAILORED TO THESE THEMES: Change, Inspiration, Overcoming Adversity, Innovation

  • 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, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour learned this early. Her incredible journey – from 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.

    SAMPLE 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

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

  • 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, 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. 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.

    SAMPLE 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

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

  • Driving Diversity Deep into the DNA of Your Organization: One Mission, One Goal, One Team

    In this speech, Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour—a former diversity officer for Headquarter Marine Corps and liaison to the Pentagon—reveals what it took to help a 200,000-personnel organization get back on track. She explains how, when you bring people together, it is normal to have differences and similarities that result in tension and complexities, but that what is key is how you manage that diversity.

    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!

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour Videos

FLYGIRL: Who Needs a Runway
FLYGIRL: Overcome Fear - Get Gutsy
FLYGIRL: Military Profile
FLYGIRL: The New Conversation: DEI and Social Justice
FLYGIRL: Acknowledge Obstacles - Don't Give Them Power

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour Reviews

  • Vernice did a great job bringing to life the learning topic of "leading self." She stayed on after the call for a debrief which was quite valuable, and she also recorded an extra takeaway that wasn't expressed during the live event for sharing with our learners.
    PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP - May 19 2022

  • Strategic Education, Inc. - Dec 15 2020

  • Target - Nov 02 2020

  • Target - Aug 11 2020

  • T-Mobile USA, Inc. - Nov 13 2019

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour News

  • Women on front lines? Of course - CNN.com

    Editor's note: Captain Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour is America's first African-American female combat pilot, having flown AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopters for ...

How to book Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour?

Booking fees for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Faith & Religion, Personal Growth and Peak Performance. The estimated speaking fee range to book Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Carey Lohrenz, J.R. Martinez and Melissa Stockwell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour for an upcoming event.

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