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Keynote Speakers

2013 Workflex Conference

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 

Take this unique opportunity to hear from two high-profile, inspirational speakers who will give you uncommon perspectives that will inspire both your professional and personal lives.

 

Vernice Armour

 

Arianna Huffington

   

Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour
America's First African-American
Female Combat Pilot
Wednesday, October 30
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Arianna Huffington
Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group
Wednesday, October 30
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

 

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour
America's First African-American Female Combat Pilot
Wednesday, October 30
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Known simply as FlyGirl, VerniceFlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to a United States Marine Corps combat pilot in three years. Within a year, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s first African-American female combat pilot. After returning home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn’t know how.

From her experiences, she created a seven-step process called the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Plan. She now travels extensively sharing this message through her keynotes, coaching and seminars. She is your battle-tested speaker and ignites audiences with a dynamic spark that can’t be extinguished. Lead your team through the execution of any plan by harnessing the power of a “Breakthrough Mentality”! From the moment she leaps into the audience, she shows attendees how to go from “Zero to Breakthrough” and how to create a personal flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to win on the battlefield of business and life!

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

As featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice “FlyGirl” 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 her message of Zero to Breakthrough™ utilizing her unique insight and life strategy: “You HAVE permission to Engage…CLEARED HOT!”

An honorary Doctorate of Laws was conferred on Vernice from Chancellor University in 2010. 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, the first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department's motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, a 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. Vernice’s signature book, Zero to Breakthrough™ (Penguin) was released in 2011.

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Arianna Huffington
Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group
Wednesday, October 30
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of thirteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

In 2006, and again in 2011, she was named to the TIME 100, TIME magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Huffington has made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including "Charlie Rose," "Oprah," "Nightline," "Real Time with Bill Maher," "Hardball," "Good Morning America," "TODAY," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The O’Reilly Factor."

She serves on several boards that promote community solutions to social problems, including A Place Called Home, which works with at-risk children in South Central Los Angeles. She also serves on the board of EL PAÍS and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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