Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour
Founder, Author & America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot
Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. She departed the military during, what was to be, one of the worst economic climates in American history propelling herself from combat pilot, making $85,000 per year, to entrepreneur, breaking 6-figures in her first year and 7-figures in four. Her most recent venture, FlyGirl Construction, LLC, was launched in Feb 2020.
As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others, FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page and screen and moves people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results. As a Gutsy Confidence Mentor for elite senior executive Women in Tech, she demonstrates how to navigate bold and courageous moves in challenging corporate climates.
Commanding corporate, Tech-centric and female executive and entrepreneur audiences across the globe, FlyGirl’s most requested keynotes, One Mission, One Goal, One Team and Get Gutsy. Live Gutsy!, deliver messages that underline “In order to be successful, you gotta ‘Get Gutsy!’”
Delivered through a keynote and consulting/advising, her most recent body of work curated for these unprecedented times is A NEW Conversation: Actively transforming a Company, Culture and Country.
A Tennessee native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, FlyGirl holds two honorary doctorates, was a Diversity Liaison Officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps and is a Forbes School of Business and Technology Advisory Board Member and is a member of the COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. She has received numerous 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, a Camp Pendleton Female Athlete of the Year and two-time titleholder in their Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the women’s pro football team, the San Diego ‘Sunfire.’
She is working on her next book, The Gutsy Move, and her signature book, Zero to Breakthrough was published by Penguin in 2011.