Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.)
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 both the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’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 struggling greatly to speak or walk for almost nine months. An indomitable spirit, Nicole fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Nicole inspires audiences to rethink the challenges they face every day. She urges them to go beyond resilience and become resurgent. Nicole’s 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.” Nicole brings her experience to the stage and holds audiences spellbound with an easygoing authenticity of someone who’s achieved greatness. She’s been a member and leader of exceptional teams. She has faced overwhelming challenges and adversity and has come out on top.
While other high school students were practicing for their driver’s license, Nicole was accumulating flight time. She was sixteen years old when she took her first solo flight and from that point on there was no stopping her. While in high school, she joined the Civil Air Patrol and participated in Air Force Junior ROTC. Nicole’s professional story began when she earned her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. Following graduation, she attended Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Columbus AFB, MS and began her career as a pilot. Competitively selected to fly combat aircraft, she was among the first group of women to fly modern fighter aircraft. As a career pilot, she served in combat as an F-15E Flight Commander, Evaluator, Instructor Pilot and Flight Lead. Over her 21-year career, Nicole achieved the rating of Command Pilot with over 2,300 flight hours in six different Air Force aircraft. She was also selected to fly as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron – the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team. Colonel Malachowski has served as a mission ready fighter pilot in three operational F- 15E fighter squadrons and has flown over 188 combat hours, including her proudest moment as a fighter pilot: leading the first fighter formation to provide security for Iraq’s historic democratic elections in 2005.
On the ground, Nicole was a White House Fellow, class of 2008-2009, where she served on the Presidential Transition Support Team (PTST) while assigned to the U.S. General Services Administration. The White House Fellows Foundation and Association awarded Nicole the 2019 IMPACT Award for demonstrating both remarkable achievement and transformational contributions in her field, as well as a sustained commitment to the White House Fellows program. Nicole also served two high-level staff assignments at the Pentagon – one in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD P&R) as well as the Secretary of the Air Force Office of International Affairs (SAF/IA). She also served as the Executive Director of the White House’s national ‘Joining Forces’ initiative where she directly advised former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on all topics relating to service members, veterans, and military families to include employment, education, mental health, veterans’ homelessness and more. Nicole’s operational F-15E assignments include two tours of duty at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom as well as one operational assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. She has also served alongside the United States Army 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea, as an Air Liaison Officer. During her second assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, she had the honor of commanding the 333rd Fighter Squadron, leading an elite cadre of F-15E Instructors in the training of the next generation of combat aviators. Further, she was responsible for resources totaling over $1.1B and the execution of a $119M annual flying hour program.
Nicole earned a Master of Arts, with honors, in National Security Policy from American Military University and a second Master of Arts, with highest distinction, in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. While there, she earned the Admiral Stephen B. Luce Award as the class honor graduate, the first Air Force officer in the history of the Naval War College to do so. Nicole has been recognized with several honors for her consistent contributions to community service. As Nicole continues to recover from her neurological tick-borne illness, she embraces any opportunity to educate others about her medical journey and gains energy from educating others about this growing epidemic. She is on
the Board of Directors at the LivLyme Foundation and is a Patient Advisory Board Member of The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness.
Colonel Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.) was born in Santa Maria, CA and graduated high school in Las Vegas, NV. She and her husband Paul have twin children; son Garrick and daughter Norah. Paul is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former F-15E Evaluator Weapons Systems Officer.
History-making Broadway Star, Keynote Speaker, International Bestselling Author
Ten years as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera earned her the record as the longest-running leading lady in the longest-running Broadway show of all time. Oprah calls her a Broadway legend and an inspiration. She is the author of the #1 international bestselling book, Unmasking What Matters:10 Life Lessons from 10 Years on Broadway and the coauthor of Your Creative Soul: Expressing Your Authentic Voice with five-time New York Times bestselling author Caroline Myss. Recognized for her thought leadership, Sandra is a member of The Transformational Leadership Council, a group of 100 top personal development professionals, founded by Jack Canfield.
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Rachel Wilson is a managing director and head of cybersecurity for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. She is responsible for protecting the cybersecurity of Wealth Management and Investment Management systems and the integrity and confidentiality of Firm and client data. Additionally, Rachel advises the leadership of Wealth Management and Investment Management on cybersecurity issues. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Rachel spent 15 years at the National Security Agency (NSA), where she held several key senior executive-level leadership positions. She ran NSA’s counterterrorism operations and led a global enterprise in detecting and disrupting terrorist plotting against the U.S. and its allies.
Doniece is the founder of Lava Mae, a nonprofitthat began by converting public transportation buses into bathrooms on wheels to deliver hygiene and reconnect people experiencing homelessness with their dignity. She began Lava Mae after learning there were 16 shower stalls and about as many toilets for San Francisco’s 7,500 houseless men, women, and children.
Her odyssey with Lava Mae started in 2012, when gentrification hit her neighborhood. She witnessed three neighbors – all in their 80s – get evicted, take up residence in their cars only to have those repossessed and, because wait lists for shelters were – and still are – thousands-long, endup dying on the street before help was available.
Around thesame time, she took a cab ride that changed her life.
When the cab hit the district with the highest concentration of people experiencing homelessness, the cabbie turned over his shoulder and said, “Welcome to the land of broken dreams.” As she looked out the window, her first thought was that not a single person on the street, when they were little, dreamed of growing up to be houseless. Yet there they were. The thought of them as children, like her then 5-year old daughter, pierced her. She vowed she would find a way to help.
In the five years since launching its service, Lava Mae has served 30,000+ Californians and is scaling by growing the model rather than the organization. In 2017, Lava Mae released its first open source toolkit, mobile hygiene, in response to the 4,000+ requests for help from communities as far away as Zimbabwe and as close as New York. To date, the organization has inspired, mentored, or directly trained 158 communities seeking to launch mobile hygiene, and as a result, in January of 2020 relaunched as lavamae x, a nonprofit accelerator working to teach more of the world how to launch and execute Lava Mae-designed programs. Born and raised in South Texas, Doniece has made San Francisco her home for the last two decades. Her accolades include being a 2019 Social Entrepreneurs in Residence at Stanford Fellow (SEERS) Fellow, 2019 Jefferson Award winner, 2018 Global Good Fund Fellow, 2017CNN Hero, 2016 KIND Person Awardee, and a 2015Toyota Mother of Invention. Doniece, however, is most proud of the honor bestowed upon her by her 13-year old daughter who calls her a Homeless Super Hero.
TEDx Speaker, Author, Motivational Speaker
Anxiety: The New Teen Epidemic of 2020
Megan Gallagher is a 23-year-old TEDx Speaker, Author, Motivational Speaker for Teenagers, and Blogger. While growing up, she struggled with severe anticipatory anxiety, panic attacks, and low self-esteem. She constantly wished there was a place where she could feel understood and know that she wasn't alone. Her insecurities affected her academic performance, social life, and eating habits. At age 14, she decided to ask her parents for extra guidance. She started to heal by seeing therapists, learning to meditate, creating daily routines, and journaling her thoughts. Now, as a young adult, she has turned her pain into her purpose. Megan speaks at middle schools and high schools about her journey and what specific steps she took to feel better. She has spoken at more than 350 schools, authored three books (all of which hit #1 on the amazon non-fiction best seller list), spoken at a TEDx conference, and appeared on TV networks such as: NBC news, Good Day LA, FOX news and Good Morning La La Land. She has been featured in major media outlets such as Forbes, Yahoo!, TheTodayShow.com and Entrepreneur Magazine.
Motivational Talks with Megan
Anxiety is natural, but what can you do if it escalates and becomes disruptive to everyday life? What are the indicators? Is it preventable? According to a mind-blowing Harvard study, one in three teenagers will feel this type of chronic, daily anxiety. In this session, TEDx Speaker, Author, and Teen Mentor Megan Gallagher will share her perceptions on what caused anxiety and panic attacks to overwhelm her, and the tools she learned to acquire self-confidence, set and achieve her goals, and become a happy and successful young adult. As a young mentor, it’s Megan’s goal to share her journey with students, parents, and teachers so every teenager can be the healthiest, happiest, and most fulfilled version of themselves. In this session, Megan will share:
Cutting Edge Programs
Powerful & Safe: Develop Personal Power to Stay Confident in Uncertain Situations
Preston Jones is a USAF veteran, former police officer, and master martial artist with over 40 years of experience in the security industry. His underlining approach to personal safety education is helping each participant be the best they can be while meeting the challenges of today's society.
Owner, Preston Jones Enterprise
Have you ever felt frightened or intimidated when walking or traveling alone? Have you ever wondered what you should do if approached by an attacker? Have you ever thought, “That would never happen to me”? If so, this just may be the most important hour of your life. Personal safety is more than being able to protect yourself against physical violence. It’s how you think and how you process information. It’s your perception of who you are and how you interact in the world around you. This session provides realistic strategies to reduce the risk of becoming a victim and common-sense tactics to help you plan for your safety. By the end of this session, you will:
know the three most important things you can do to keep yourself safe
Online Presence Expert & Speaker
Italina Image & Branding
Upgrade Your Online Presence- Your Brand on LinkedIn, Instagram & Facebook
Italina Kirknis is an Online Presence Expert & Speaker, who gives over 40 presentations per year all across the country, helping professionals and business owners upgrade their presence online via Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook. Italina and her team of Social Media Managers, help you gain more visibility online, driving a steady stream of traffic to you and your social media pages.
Online Presence Expert & Speaker
Italina Image & Branding
Most of us have an account on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram, but the problem is we don't make the most out of having a presence on these sites. Either we don't have the time, or we don't know how. In this information packed session, learn:
Allyson Mayo, DBH
Chief Wellness Officer, Comprehensive Wellness
What would happen if we stopped seeing JOY as a “feeling” and began to understand it as a life skill; something each of us can LEARN to build on our own. Creating a rich and joyful life can be learned! The greatest discovery of the 21st Century is that our mind determines our quality of life. Lifestyle medicine gives us a new approach to establish the knowledge and skills to navigate more peacefully through life. YOU CAN learn to assemble simple techniques to immediately produce contagious and lasting JOY! YOU CAN learn to Design your own unique rapid response to create calm and clarity when negativity surrounds you. YOU CAN quickly learn how to apply coping strategies for yourself and easily share them with others. When you attend this session, you will learn to:
CEO, CLR Consulting
Would You Rather Lead or Follow? Think Like a Leader
Kristi helps leaders and teams recognize and tap their full potential, develop effective communication,
collaboration and leadership skills and ultimately, achieve higher levels of performance. She is a nationally recognized speaker and a seasoned facilitator whose unique mix of inspiration, motivation, real-world strategies and actionable steps brings measurable success. Her focus includes facilitating executive and team retreats, helping leaders increase their charisma and impact through presentation skills training, facilitating the strategic planning process, and enhancing communication and collaboration. Kristi has a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. She lives in Northern California with her husband, her daughter, and Maddie, her beloved yellow lab.
CEO, KLR Consulting
You have the drive and talent to be a leader, but how do you get from here to there? The answer to this question may surprise you. Join Kristi Royse and learn the intangible elements that make up the leadership formula, and how to cultivate these elements for yourself. Becoming a leader isn't a secret, and people aren't born with leadership abilities. In this breakout session you'll learn how to shift your perspective, develop your growth mindset, strengths, and passions, and think like a leader!
Executive Coach, Speaker, Facilitator and Author
Work Your ASSets Off® and Stop Working So Hard in Business and in Life
Allison Tabor is a pragmatic executive coach, speaker, facilitator and the author of the book, Work Your
Assets Off® -Stop Working So Hard in Business and In Life. Prior to her coaching and consulting business, Coppia Advisory, Allison owned and led a successful multimillion-dollar structural engineering company with her husband for 23 years. She is certified as a DISC Consultant, One Page Business Plan Specialist and professional coach. Allison helps business owners, executives, and their teams in the areas of leadership, interpersonal communication, and strategic planning. She has made a difference with hundreds of business owners and executives in a wide range of industries including professional services, manufacturing, retail, construction, and hospitality. Many of the businesses she’s coached are family owned. Allison also facilitates for the international Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), leading two peer advisory groups of San Francisco Bay Area women presidents and CEOs of multimillion-dollar companies. Additionally, she is a group leader for ProVisors, a community of professionals who serve their clients as trusted advisors and share the highest standards of integrity, performance, and accountability.
Executive Coach, Speaker, Facilitator and Author, Coppia Advisory
Are you ready to be inspired and do you wish to inspire others? Do you want to stop working so hard in business and in life? If you answered yes, don't miss this session. So many of us go from college to cubicle to casket working hard and yet failing to find satisfaction. When we start to notice it’s not working, we think we need to double down on our effort and work even harder. No pain, no gain, right? But rather than freeing ourselves from this vicious cycle, we get mired in it even deeper. There is a difference between working our ***es off and working our ASSets off. When you learn how to Work Your ASSets Off®, you can stop working so hard in business and in life. In this session, Work Your ASSets Off® author, Allison Tabor, will reveal the success secrets of businessowners and professionals who have learned how to work their ASSets off instead of working so hard. From her book, Allison will share “12 Truths” to help you work your ASSets off, so you can live your best life.
KPIX 5 Journalist
Emmy award winning reporter and Bay Area native Juliette Goodrich joined KPIX 5 in 1997 and has performed a variety of anchoring and reporting assignments during her time with the station. She is currently the weekend nighttime anchor. Juliette graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Communications and was awarded the Kelly Broadcasting Scholarship her senior year. She started her broadcasting career reporting for Channel 30 in her hometown of Pleasanton. In addition to her many awards and accomplishments, Juliette was inspired to write The Little Light Shines Bright, a children’s book, after she emceed the 100th birthday celebration of the Centennial Light in Livermore. Proceeds from the book benefit local reading and writing programs. Juliette is involved in many community organizations including the Alisa Ann Ruch Annual Burn Relay to support burn survivors in the Bay Area, the Northern California Special Olympics, and the American Red Cross.