Vernice Armour
Vernice Armour

America’s First Black Female Combat Pilot, Author, Zero to Breakthrough; and Consultant to Business


Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour has been tested all her life. A courageous trailblazer, her resume is an impressive collection of firsts, including America's first black female combat pilot. She served two tours in Iraq as a Marine. She was also the Diversity Liaison Officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps. Following her military service, FlyGirl re-launched her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, business consultant and author of Zero to Breakthrough, the 7-step, battle-tested method for achieving goals that matter.

In 2007, FlyGirl founded VAI Consulting & Training, LLC. Through this work, she helps individuals and organisations make bold moves and achieve breakthrough results by applying her Zero to BreakthroughTM" success model - a mindset that has propelled her career and kept her safe in air combat. FlyGirl regularly brings her message to high-profile meetings and conferences around the world and is a Gutsy Confidence Mentor for elite senior women in tech.

As her latest business venture, FlyGirl launched FlyGirl Construction in 2020, a general contracting company in the Atlanta, GA area.

As a black gay woman and single mother, FlyGirl brings critical experience to her role as a member of the Forbes School of Business & Technology Board of Advisors and the COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council.


  • FlyGirl has two honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards as a pioneering pilot, including honors for her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The speaker talks about:

As a speaker, FlyGirl unleashes hard-hitting advice and amazing anecdotes from her adventures on the battlefield and in business. She helps individuals and organizations Get Gutsy and build a sustainable inner force and conviction, that results in accomplishing significant goals.

Keynote Speaker Programs:

  • A New Conversation: Actively Transforming a Company, Culture and Country
  • Who Needs a Runway? Take Off From Where You Are
  • Get Gutsy – Harness a Breakthrough Mindset
  • One Mission – One Goal – One Team

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