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!


2021 is going to be a great year!!

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