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Col. Nicole Malachowski  

Combat Veteran, First Female Thunderbird Pilot, White House Fellow & Advisor

Col. Nicole Malachowski is a leader, combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame.

Malachowski's distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. But the dream came to an end when a devastating tick-borne illness left her unable to speak or walk for ten months. An indomitable spirit, Malachowski fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Malachowski inspires audiences to rethink the challenges they face every day. She urges them to go beyond resilience and become resurgent. Malachowski empowers people with three key beliefs: failure and risk is the price of entry for achieving something great; sometimes you need to yield to overcome; and her personal mantra - "nobody wants to lead a scripted life."

Speech Topics


HARNESSING HEADWINDS OF CHANGE

Lessons on leadership -- harnessing challenging circumstances to overcome adversity

THE POWER OF CHALLENGING ASSUMPTIONS

Utilizing diverse talents to create a high-performing culture in a high-pressure environment

IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERS

Commitment to advocacy for healthcare, patients and veterans and their families

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