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Vernice Armour Washington D.C.
Vernice Armour

Once you are CLEARED HOT, now what?

Known simply as "FlyGirl," Vernice Armour ignites her audiences with a dynamic spark that can't be extinguished. Soar through the execution of any plan by harnessing the power of a "Breakthrough Mentality" mindset! From the moment she leaps into the audience, she shows attendees how to go from "Zero to Breakthrough" and create a personal flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to help win on the battlefield of life!

Leveraging her "Breakthrough Mentality" mindset, she propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became the United States Marine Corps' first African American female pilot and, shortly after, was recognized as America's First African American Female Combat pilot by the Department of Defense.

Upon completion of two tours in Iraq and leaving the military, Vernice launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC. By applying the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Model to her own company, Vernice produced over six-figures in revenue within the first 12 months! Her passion is helping others create similar results.

As featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice Armour's fresh style and presentation methods have inspired hundreds of organizations and individuals.

Vernice ultimately impacts organizations and individuals with an understanding of the passion and leadership required to excel. Through her keynotes, executive and group coaching, seminars and executive retreats, Vernice conveys messages of Zero to Breakthrough™ through her unique insight and life strategy: "You HAVE permission to engage!"

Vernice travels extensively in order to create a global movement based on the Breakthrough Mentality mindset. In order for us to change the current conditions we are going to need to think and execute differently. We are going to need leaders to step up and lead. Our society and global community needs people to take personal responsibility and accountability. We win or lose together. One Mission, One Goal, One Team™.

Her signature book, Zero to Breakthrough™ (Penguin 2011) chronicles the process she utilized to transition from beat cop to America's First African American Female Combat Pilot. She is an internationally recognized inspirational leadership keynote speaker for premier leadership conferences and Fortune 500 companies. Vernice has two honorary doctorates, been featured extensively in the media to include Oprah Winfrey, CNN, MSNBC and the View and is a member of the COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. She has also received awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was the Marine Corps' first African American Female pilot, first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department's motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton's annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women's professional football team.


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  • 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 to move 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?!? : How To 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:
    • Ignite Your Work-life: Infuse passion in your life professionally and personally!
    • Breakthrough Obstacles: Recognize and utilize the skills and talents of everyone around you
    • Unleash Your Inner Potential: Lead a Zero to Breakthrough™ life with a 'Breakthrough Mentality' as the foundation
    • EXCELerate your Success: 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!
Zero to Breakthrough
Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter

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