Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot | Author | Business Consultant

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour is a gutsy trailblazer, whose resume is an impressive collection of firsts—including being the first Black woman combat pilot in the US Armed Forces. Prior to that she worked as a police officer, served two tours of duty in Iraq as a marine, and acted as a diversity liaison officer between the Pentagon and Headquarters Marine Corps. Following her military service, Armour revved up her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, business consultant, and author of Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter.

As a speaker, Armour 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, Armour launched VAI Consulting & Training. Through that work, she helps individuals and organizations make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results by applying her “Zero to Breakthrough” success model—a mindset that helped to propel her career and kept her safe in air combat. She regularly takes her message to premier meetings and conferences worldwide and is a mentor for elite senior executive women in tech.

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

Armour’s story has been featured in the media including on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey, and more. She is currently working on her next book, The Gutsy Move.


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 ahead! 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.

One need only hear Captain Vernice Armour speak to understand why she is so sought after by CNN and shows such as Tavis Smiley and Oprah.

Who Needs A Runway: Take Off from Where You Are

The bottom line is that we must 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 Armour 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 Armour’s personal story of setbacks, challenges, adventure, success, and triumph. Armour will take 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 Armour 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. In this keynote, you 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!