Vernice Armour
Vernice Armour

A former United States Marine Corps officer who was the first African-American female naval aviator in the Marine Corps and the first black female combat pilot of AMERICA in the US Armed Forces.

Vernice was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps on December 12, 1998 and on her way to flight school. When Vernice finally earned her wings in July 2001, the ambitious pilot ranked No. 1 out of both her class of 12 and of the last 200 to graduate. She made the Naval Air Station’s prestigious Commodore’s List, received the Academic Achievement Award, was the top graduate in her class, and went on to make history as the Marine Corps’ first African American female pilot.

After her military service, FlyGirl revved up her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, consultant to business, and author of Zero to Breakthrough, The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. 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.

Upon leaving the military after the completion of two tours in Iraq, Vernice launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC.

Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour unloads valuable lessons learned under the most stressful of circumstances – about leadership, teamwork, resilience, communication, execution, and building a culture of unshakable trust.

Keynote Speaker Programs

  • Create a culture of trust where everyone steps up, engages, and collaborates
  • How really knowing your people can harness skills, talents & hidden passions
  • Unleash the full potential of diversity to impact the bottom line
  • Disrupt traditional metrics of success (measure more than money)
  • How to decide when to plant and when to pivot