13Apr

Meet Dianna Flett, Founder of the Girl Smarts Program

Meet Dianna Flett, Women Veteran Speakers member, former Army Lieutenant Colonel and founder of Virginia-based girls’ program – Girl Smarts

Youth / Girls’ Workshops – Designed for 4th – 6th grade school programs

Girl Smarts is a series of workshops designed to give young girls the motivation and skills to move forward with confidence and strength in the years ahead. The Girl Smarts approach combines straight talk and fun activities to bring home the reality of being in control and staying in control as our youth face the challenges of today’s world. Girl Smarts started in 2009 in Stafford, Virginia as an after school program originally designed for 4th grade girls. Expanding in 2010 to work with 4th and 5th graders, the program provides myriad skills to our students as they tackle the evolving challenges in their lives. We look at topics like body image, bullying, relationships, self-image, leadership, goal setting and more; our leaders work with the girls to help them understand things of importance they face today and will certainly face tomorrow. By 2017, the original group of 24 girls at one public school has reached over 4000 girls in both public and private schools.

The Girl Smarts program is rooted in current and constantly updated materials and information designed to capture the interest of the audience.  Each series of workshops include dedicated communication outreach to parents, guardians and educators. This communication allows parents to continue the discussions of these important topics at home enhancing the discussion with their own philosophies. The workshops and programs use dynamic interactive sessions, including student role-playing exercises and all means of media and special events.


Testimonials

“Our girls loved the program! I observed our students making connections between what they are learning in their workshop sessions and in their day-to-day interactions with others.” School Counselor, Rockhill Elementary School

“I was in a classroom this morning and on three different occasions – the information and skills you taught at Girl Smarts were brought up as examples!” Linda Glaeser, Elementary School Counselor


About Dianna Flett

Dianna Flett, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, has served 21 years in various positions as a military intelligence officer. While in the Army, she was a leader of soldiers in the tactical and strategic arenas. Her time in the Army has allowed her to live all over the world and travel extensively in the Middle East. Dianna is a highly decorated officer and combat veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During her military service, she received several awards including the Bronze Star for her work with deployed units in the desert.

Her training and education includes myriad military leadership schools and the FBI’s Instructor Development Course. She has worked with the FBI as a team leader of a select group of professionals, teaching leadership and management strategies to supervisory intelligence analysts around the United States.  Dianna’s been a guest expert on strengthening young women on B101.5’s Sunday morning show with Dee, spoken at national bullying conferences, and was selected to attend the first US Summit on Women’s Issues in 2016 “The United State of Women”. In 2017, Dianna was nominated for the Clara de Hirsch Award Extraordinary Women’s Award, was chosen as Northern Virginian of the Year by Northern Virginia Magazine and featured in short documentary by The Story Exchange. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Stafford based not for profit “Exceptional Young Minds” and is President of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg

Following the birth of her fourth son, Dianna decided to leave active duty service to focus on her family. In 2009, after hearing from her sons about the challenges young teenage girls are facing in the middle school; Dianna started Girl Smarts. Her goal was to support, strengthen, and motivate young girls in 4th and 5th grade. Focusing on the “whole girl,” Girl Smarts is designed to elevate a girl’s sense of self before they face challenges of their early teens. Together with the teachers, administration, and parents, the Girl Smarts’ team strives to make each girl confident, capable, and in control!

“Instilling confidence in our young women is one of  the most dramatic ways we can make a positive impact on the next generation.”  

Booking Dianna Flett and the Girl Smarts Program

Contact Dianna Flett directly dlflett@girlsmarts.com (540) 809-7956

Also available via Women Veteran Speakers (240) 298-3940, Info@WomenVeteranSpeakers.com

 

 

 

02Feb

Align, Engage & Lead with Dr. Karen Jacobson!

Dr. Karen offers virtual keynotes and workshops focusing on high performing teams in a remote environment.

These days many companies are talking about adapting their procedures to the “New Normal”. Well, there’s nothing really normal in the current environment or what people are experiencing right now. Issues such as distractions, isolation and lack of social connection are just a few of the challenge’s companies are facing now that teams are working from home.  A better question is to find out what company leaders need to do to help their people cope with the current situation, reduce stress, and perform at their best.

Mainly, how do you maintain high-performance during times of crisis and chaos?   What do you say, how do you make sure to provide your team the right answers, create some stability and a sense of normalcy?

Dr. Karen Jacobson is no stranger to the challenges of change and uncertainty.  Growing up in a war-torn country and serving as a Non-commissioned officer in the Israeli army. Has trained her to navigate thru times of crisis & times of peace.

Those skills & strategies are shared thru live and virtual customized programs to meet your specific organization’s objectives and needs.

 

Masterclass L.I.V.E (Live Virtual Interactive Experience) topics range from Leadership and change management to communication and Emotional Intelligence providing your leadership and sales teams with skills and strategies to adapt to a changing world, engage team members and clients while remaining effective and productive.

Book Dr. Karen: https://drkarenjacobson.com/book-now/drj@drkarenjacobson.com

28Jan

Welcome New Members to Women Veteran Speakers

WELCOME our newest members to Women Veteran Speakers.
We’ve added amazing talented women veteran speakers and coaches!!

Jaime Chapman

Jaime Chapman is the Founder & CEO of Begin Within, a career consulting firm that launches high-performing military spouses and veterans to their career peak. She has placed over 1,600 people creating an economic impact over $112 million. She is additionally the COO and Co-Founder of the U.S. Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce. Jaime has won the 2019 #1 Military Spouse Owned Business and the 2020 Armed Forces Insurance US Army Garrison Wiesbaden Military Spouse of the Year Award.

Jaime is a proud military spouse and served in the U.S. Army for 6-years. She is a philanthropist and fierce advocate for the military community, actively advocating to reduce the 24% military spouse unemployment rate through traditional employment and entrepreneurship initiatives. She serves as a Career & Employment Advocate offering career expertise to over 15,000 Active Duty Military Spouses.


Christine Rabaja

Christine Rabaja inspires organizations and clients to experience a kind of alchemy, that special process that transforms something in an impressive way, especially into a higher form. This requires a rare sensitivity for how people think and an awareness of what they value and why.

A retired Lieutenant Colonel, and one of the first women to fly Super Stallion helicopters in the Marine Corps, Christine captivates audiences with compelling narrations of her struggles and successes. These powerful stories skillfully articulate insights of complex topics that stimulate confidence, initiative, momentum, and fulfillment.

Christine’s reputation as a speaker, trainer & facilitator is built on delivering tangible strategies that maximize the efficacy of organizations while concurrently championing competitiveness to enable and accelerate results.


Loree Draude

Loree was one of the first women to fly combat jets in the Navy. She grew up around the world as the daughter of a career Marine Corps infantry officer and a mother who also served as a Marine during Vietnam. She wrote a book about her experiences describing what it was like to live onboard and fly on and off of an aircraft carrier. Loree completed her naval service with over 1600 flight hours and 300 carrier landings.

She earned her MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and began a career in the tech industry in Silicon Valley. Over the past twenty years, she’s led teams at companies including Facebook and Google, as well as tech startups, including one she founded. She’s spoken frequently about leadership and team-building with corporate fireside chats and tech conferences.

Loree is a Co-Active trained coach who works with corporate clients and individuals to help them develop their leadership abilities. She has facilitated training for StrengthFinders; Discovering your Values and Life Purpose and How Leaders Can Thrive During COVID19.

Loree is the host of the podcast, “Supersonic Leaders & Teams” which highlights how leaders and teams can create the optimal conditions to enable a team to take flight and achieve supersonic performance.


Gretchen Evans

Gretchen was a successful senior military intelligence analyst and paratrooper, operating in several high tempo and dangerous missions around the world including Grenada, Kosovo, Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2006, while working as a sergeant major in Afghanistan, a mortar blast threw her into a concrete bunker wall. She suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury   and lost 95% of her hearing, ending her career in military service. Gretchen received the Bronze Star for valor and heroism in combat.

Gretchen shares compelling and riveting stories and experiences, going from being the highest enlisted rank in the Army to traversing through life after a serious combat injury. Her insightful and poignant perspective offers a view into a window of today’s warriors, and offers nuggets of wisdom and impactful takeaways. She shares her story with a unique style of encouragement, hope and humor.

Gretchen’s story is featured in the new 2020 bestselling book, What’s Within You, and starting in August 2020, Gretchen and her adventure racing team, Team UNBROKEN, will be featured in the “World’s Toughest Race” on Amazon Prime, hosted by Bear Grylls and produced by Mark Burnett. Team UNBROKEN is the first totally disabled team to ever compete in this arduous adventure race. Their desire is to bring awareness that disabilities do not define or limit what is possible with hard work, grit, gumption, and a rope team.


Cherrie Davis

Cherrie Davis is a visionary leader who knows human dynamics. She uses her 3 decades of experience in leadership and human resources to bring fresh perspective to her 2 areas of focus: the individual and the process. With this approach, she builds relationships, drives positive performance, and delivers winning solutions. She delivers insight that makes an immediate impact. Cherrie is a recognized speaker, coach, facilitator, and change management leader. Her masterful storytelling merges real world experience with proven knowledge of people, providing opportunity to see the things with a new lens.

Cherrie’s career landed her in key assignments world-wide to lead and influence change in Hungary, Bosnia, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, the Pentagon, Our Lady of the Lake, GE Lighting and GE Capital. After her military service, Cherrie served as the Human Resources Director for Our Lady of the Lake, Quality Trainer and Organizational Developer for GE Financial Services (Six Sigma Team), Marketing and Sales for GE Lighting. Her corporate culmination came as an executive for GE Capital, as the Senior Integration Leader.

Cherrie is Founder and President at SHIFTFORWARD Consulting, based in Atlanta, GA. She blogs on what is happening in leadership, culture, communications , diversity, equity and inclusion . Believing these key areas are cornerstones that when done well, elevate people to action!

 

WELCOME TO OUR AMAZING TEAM!!! 
2021 is going to be a great year!!
11Dec

Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans – one of the most decorated female veterans in U.S. history

Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans – one of the most decorated female veterans in U.S. history
Bronze Star recipient for valor and heroism in combat in Afghanistan

Texas native Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans is one of the most decorated female veterans in U.S. history. Throughout her 27 years in the service, CSM Evans worked her way up to Command Sergeant Major – the highest rank an enlisted soldier can achieve. In this role, she was responsible for the security and personnel on all bases and forwarding operation bases in Afghanistan, and oversaw more than 30,000 ground troops. She earned numerous medals and awards, including the Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation Medal, and Global War on Terrorism ribbons, six Meritorious Service Medals and numerous other awards.

In 2006, Command Sergeant Major Evans’ world changed in a millisecond when she was severely wounded by incoming fire while serving in Afghanistan. The rocket blast caused her debilitating injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, internal injuries and the loss of all hearing.

After her combat injury, recent PTSD diagnosis and subsequent retirement from service, her transition from military life to civilian life was difficult. Her heart was broken and she felt hopeless, not only due to the injuries she sustained but also due to the sudden loss — of family, a team, the fellowship and the mission she had found and loved, the military experience. She found her way into No Barriers Warriors, a life-changing organization that serves veterans with disabilities from all branches of the military and all eras of service. The healing environment restored her confidence, gave her hope and a renewed passion for living life to the fullest.

Today, Gretchen Evans is determined to pay it forward by focusing her efforts on improving the lives of her fellow veterans by actively serving as a mentor, coach, and community activist. Gretchen is an ambassador for nonprofit No Barriers USA. She continues to serve as a board member of several veteran-focused organizations and is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. In 2017, she published her first book, Leading from the Front, Lessons by a Command Sergeant Major, and in 2018, she co-led a group of youth with mixed abilities on an expedition to Nepal.

Gretchen currently resides in Brunswick, Maine, with her husband Robert, a Navy veteran and their two service dogs Aura and Rusty. She is an avid hiker, runner, cyclist, and reader. Gretchen will be inducted into the U.S. Veterans Hall of Fame in 2021 for her outstanding and meritorious service within the United States Army and her community.

Starting in August 2020, Gretchen and her adventure racing team, Team UNBROKEN, will be featured in the “World’s Toughest Race” on Amazon Prime, hosted by Bear Grylls and produced by Mark Burnett. Team UNBROKEN is the first totally disabled team to ever compete in this arduous adventure race. Their desire is to bring awareness that disabilities do not define or limit what is possible with hard work, grit, gumption, and a rope team.

Gretchen is a sought after inspirational speaker and shares compelling and riveting stories and experiences, going from being the highest enlisted rank in the Army to traversing through life after a serious combat injury. Her insightful and poignant perspective offers a view into a window of today’s warriors, and offers nuggets of wisdom and impactful takeaways. She shares her story with a unique style of encouragement, hope and humor.

 

25Oct

Amy Castro – Speaker Business Coach

SPEAKER BUSINESS COACH – AMY CASTRO’S RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPEAKER STUDIO SET UP
  • Definitely use an external web cam, not the one in your laptop. 
  • Don’t use anything Bluetooth or wireless  – hardwired is best. 
  • Recommend Logitech Brio for external web cam or a Logitech 730C or 720.
    • If you can’t get a webcam, there are free apps you can use to turn your phone into a great webcam- just need a tripod for it. Most cameras on new phones are 4g and great quality.
  • Microphone – use a lav mic instead of a headset, and an earpiece if you need to hear participants. Lav I use is Rode SmartLav+
  • For studio recording for taped event – Blue Yeti microphone all the way.
  • Definitely BEST need 3 sets of lights (Key light, fill light, back light)- two front, one to light your backdrop to give you dimension. If only have 2, minimal would be key lighting and fill lighting. Here’s a great video with quick/easy advice on lighting and something someone can do without a lot of  special equipment. However, this advice is just for webinars, not keynote- that’s a whole other ballgame when you’re standing and moving.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hfqJ7eWj0A However, for keynotes, you’ll still have the same concept of at minimum the three types of lighting.
  • Use a real backdrop rather than a green screen, unless you’ve really found a greenscreen background that avoids all the weird “haloing” of your hair and hands. Make the backdrop realistic!
    • Don’t use those “zoom virtual backgrounds” for actual programs. They’re ok for casual meetings if you pick the right one and are careful how you move, but when you make a bad choice. They give you the same problems as bad green screen. 
Contact Amy Castro for a Speaker Business Coaching amy_castro@ictstexas.com / www.amycastro.com 

 

16Oct

Women Veteran Speaker – Tammie Jo Shults

member Tammie Shults is the widely acclaimed pilot who brought Southwest Flight 1380 in for a successful, heroic emergency landing in Philadelphia in 2018. Captain Shults shares how her entire life of preparation, steady leadership, and faith led her to that crucial moment in the cockpit. Through her insight, Captain Shults has motivated thousands of individuals to transform adversity into strength, and strength into the courage to take action. Booking information: info@womenveteranspeakers.com

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14Oct

Lead & Inspire Your Team with Diane Boettcher


member Diane Boettcher will inspire your team to be ​more authentic, more engaged, more resilient.  An expert in military operations, IT, change management and leadership, Diane is known for constantly raising the bar of performance and consistently adapting to meet current and future needs. From leading on the front lines to corporate leadership at Microsoft, Diane brings a breadth of knowledge and dynamic experiences to presentations and coaching programs Diane’s Website

13Oct

Dr. Karen Jacobson

Dr Karen offers virtual keynotes and workshops focusing on high performing teams in a remote environment.

Book Karen: https://drkarenjacobson.com / drj@drkarenjacobson.com

 

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