Nicole Malachowski (USAF Ret.) - Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series
2755 E Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor, MI 49022 (269) 927-8700
Contact: The Mendel Center Box Office
Phone: (269) 927-8700
First woman Thunderbird pilot, combat veteran, fighter squadron commander, White House Fellow and adviser
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. 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, Nicole fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Nicole will inspire you to rethink everyday challenges during her presentation, “Harnessing Headwinds of Change.” Her message will address 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.”
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