Vernice Armour

America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot & Zero to Breakthrough™ Leadership Expert

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$20,001 to $50,000
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Travels From
District Of Columbia, United States

America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot &
Zero to Breakthrough™ Leadership Expert

Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, 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.

Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Plan

From her experiences, she created a 7-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 create a personal flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to win on the battlefield of business and life!

Breakthrough Mentality

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 oaching, 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!”


Vernice has two honorary doctorates. 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.

Zero to Breakthrough™ - How a Breakthrough Mentality creates Breakthrough Results!

The constrictions of a ‘Zero Mentality’ cost companies lost productivity and lost revenue. When teams get stuck and unable to break through barriers, opportunities don’t go away, competitors simply take advantage of them. Give your team the boost they need with Vernice’s 7 Steps from the Zero to Breakthrough™ Success Model. Vernice shares her experiences as a police officer, combat pilot and entrepreneur to illustrate what propelled her to EXCELerated results, breakthrough barriers and create breakthrough opportunities. These steps can be harnessed and unleashed by anyone with the determination and desire to excel.

Zero to Breakthrough™ - Acknowledge the Obstacles...Don’t Give Them Power!

Win 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!

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 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?! 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: Infuse passion in your life professionally and personally! Recognize and utilize the skills and talents of everyone around you Lead a Zero to Breakthrough™ life with a ‘Breakthrough Mentality’ as the foundation Unleash your full potential no matter where you are personally starting from

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!

All Vernice Armour Books

Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter
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"Everything went great! She was a hit at the commencement ceremony as well as the keynote on Friday. She was very engaging and the exact energy that we were looking for! She was a pleasure to work with. Another great recommendation!"

- | Lindsey Jordan, Ashford University

"I just want to drop a note of thanks for having Vernice G. Armour speak to us during the last BPG/Lead For Women conference. I was so inspired I hit the ground running with several ideas that I have been planning for months now"

- | M. Mack Jones, Bank of America

Captain Armour is an outstanding speaker that does more than motivate, she also captivates the audience. It does not matter what stage of life you are in she will challenge you to expect more and to do more. I highly recommend Vernice Armour as a speaker for audiences of all ages.

- | Dr. Shanel Magee, Founder/CEO - SUCCESS

"One need only hear Captain Armour speak to understand why she is so sought after by CNN and shows such as Tavis Smiley and Oprah … This history making, mission-focused woman represents the ‘total package’."

- | Paula Miller-Lester, Publisher, Minorities and Women in Business

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