Top Military and Armed Forces Keynote Speakers

BigSpeak’s Military and Armed Forces Keynote Speakers have gone to extremes and gone through unspeakable sacrifices to become who they are today. Experts at motivation, inspiration, team­ building, competition, and overcoming adversity, these all-stars have ‘been there done that’, and will bring second to none passion and energy to your next event. 


Dr. Vin Gupta

Dr. Vin Gupta is a Major in the US Airforce Medical Corps Reserves and the Chief Medical Officer of COVID-19 Response at Amazon. As a Harvard-trained lung specialist, Vin has spent the past 15 years working worldwide to improve public health for organizations. His engaging keynote presentations focus on the future of healthcare amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He makes regular television appearances for NBC News and CNN.


Vernice ‘FlyGirl’ Armour

FlyGirl is a top keynote speaker America’s first African-American female combat pilot, and the author of Zero to Breakthrough. She regularly speaks about the breakthrough mindset that allowed her to succeed in the military and launch a game-changing business. After two tours in Iraq and several business endeavors, she is ready to bring her unmatched energy to your next event! 


Thomas Kolditz

Thomas Kolditz is a leadership speaker and expert, retired Brigadier General, author, and the Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. Kolditz has served 34 years in the military and is the author of In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It. Kolditz shows how extreme life-and-death situations can offer profound lessons for leaders in any setting. 


Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff is a leadership keynote speaker, performance expert, former US Naval Commander, and author of the million-copy, management-technique bestseller It’s Your Ship. In his talks, Mike shares his management principles called The Leadership Roadmap. He shows people at every level of an organization how to take incremental steps toward change that can make a dramatic difference.


Patrick Houlahan

Patrick is a former United States Marine Corps as an Active Duty and Reserve fighter pilot.  He was stationed in San Diego, CA., and participated in four six-month deployments: three to the Western Pacific and one to Al Assad, Iraq. During his military career, he trained over 500 replacement aircrew, graduated from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and served in a variety of leadership roles. 


Waldo Waldman

Waldo Waldman is a top leadership keynote speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. Waldo is an interactive, high-energy speaker who can bridge the gap between the highly competitive world of the fighter pilot and the challenges of business. He calls on life experiences to show the value of committing to excellence, adapting to change, and building collaborative, trusting relationships.


MK Palmore

MK Palmore is a top leadership keynote speaker, former United States Marines Officer, and a retired FBI executive. He was a key player behind numerous high-level investigations and an early combatant in the fight against cybercrime.  During this impressive career of public service, MK honed his leadership skills and brings those tools to his dynamic keynote addresses. 


Colonel Nicole Malachowski

Colonel Nicole Malachowski is a top virtual keynote speaker, former White House advisor, and the first female Thunderbird pilot. A 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Malachowski brings her experience to the stage and holds audiences spellbound with an easygoing authenticity of someone who’s achieved greatness. 


Carey Lohrenz

Carey Lohrenz is a top leadership keynote speaker and was the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy. Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging leadership presentations that directly impacts a company’s ROI and bottom line. She also is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck.


Melissa Stockwell

Melissa is a top leadership keynote speaker, former Army Lieutenant, and 2016 Paralympic medalist. She is the first female soldier to ever lose a limb in active combat and has been awarded both The Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. Following her accident, sport became the road to recovery for Melissa. She was named USA Triathlon’s female Paratriathlete Of The Year for two consecutive years and was twice nominated for an ESPY award.


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