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Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, RET.)

First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Fighter Squadron Commander, Combat Veteran,
White House Fellow & Adviser, and Indomitable Spirit

“Failure is the price of entry for achieving something great.” – Nicole Malachowski

Summary
  • Pioneering aviator and first woman Thunderbird pilot
  • 21-year USAF veteran, combat experience in Iraq and Kosovo
  • Commander of an F-15E fighter squadron
  • White House Fellow and adviser plus Pentagon roles
  • Advocate for health care causes
  • Inspires audiences to succeed beyond what they imagine
Speech Descriptions
HARNESSING HEADWINDS OF CHANGE
In flying, headwinds slow you down. At their worst, they cause you to change your plans and impact the effectiveness of weapons in combat. Headwinds demand that pilots be resilient and resourceful, literally on the fly. “Headwinds are the perfect metaphor for the change impacting organizations and individuals today,” says 21-year Air Force veteran Nicole Malachowski.
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PUSHING THE ENVELOPE: BEING THE BEST WHEN IT COUNTS
What does it take to be the best? The individuals and teams who achieve at the highest levels have one thing in common: they push the envelope and go to the edge of boundaries. They accomplish as much as possible and do it to a standard of excellence. Pushing the envelope is an aviation term for taking an aircraft to the maximum limits of its abilities.
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BREAKING BARRIERS: CONQUERING SELF-DOUBT AND CULTURAL PARADIGM
Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) dreamed of flying military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show. She achieved that goal – and then some. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, an instructor, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams.
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Col. Nicole Malachowski's Story
COL. NICOLE MALACHOWSKI (USAF, Ret.) defies stereotypes. Yes, she was a jet fighter pilot, but if you think you know her based on that, you’d be wrong. A leader, a 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, Nicole’s distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams.
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More About Nicole

Keywords: Change, Corporate Culture, Diversity, Execution, Healthcare, HR Focus, Improving Performance, Inspiration, Managing/Leading Change, Military Background, Motivation, Peak Performance, Practitioners, Real Leaders, Safety, Teamwork, Women & Workplace