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.