Jill Morgenthaler

militaty leadership female keyntoe speaker

Jill Morgenthaler

militaty leadership female keyntoe speaker

Speaker: Jill Morgenthaler

Retired U.S. Army Colonel, Author, Military Pioneer and Leadership Expert

Speech Topics Include:

  • From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Secrets to High Performance Leadership
  • G.R.I.T. – Tactics for Resilience & Persistence
  • Navigating Change, Crisis and Chaos
  • Powerful Presence – Show & Tell Your Power Through B.M.I.


Colonel and speaker Jill Morgenthaler is a woman of many firsts. She was one of the first women to enter an experimental class for women in the U.S. Army ROTC and train as an equal with men. Overcoming obstacles, she was the first woman Battalion Commander in the 88th Regional Support Command Division, the first Brigade Commander in the 84th Division and then rose to the rank of Colonel. She was also the first woman to run homeland security for the state of Illinois. During her military career, Colonel Jill led hundreds of men and women around the world in war and peace, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit for her lifelong leadership.

Now, after 30 years of success in high-stakes fast moving environments, Colonel and speaker Jill Morgenthaler  shares her leadership secrets with the world. Leaders are not born, they are grown. She is fiercely committed to guiding women and men to achieve success as they take their organizations forward in the best and worst of times. Colonel Jill’s ability to inspire, educate and entertain audiences have made her a sought after and unforgettable leadership speaker.

As a  dynamic and masterful speaker Jill Morgenthaler  shows audiences how to lead with confidence through her content rich, high-energy keynotes and seminars. Her unique experiences, ranging from a showdown with Saddam Hussein to saving an American engineer from a Soviet kidnapping, translate into universal lessons. She doesn’t simply tell audiences what to do. Her tailored speeches leave them with proven action steps so they can start leading the very next day with confidence.

Colonel Jill is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Courage to Take Command:  Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer. Over 41,000 people have watched her TEDx Talk, “Fake It ‘Til You Make It.” She is a member of the National Speakers Association and is President of the National Speakers Association Illinois.

She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and has successfully launched two adult children.

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Secrets to High Performance Leadership 

Success requires focus, discipline and creativity. In her signature keynote address, Colonel Jill shares the secrets to effective leadership through her unique HOOAH method: Heart, Optimism, Opportunity, Abilities, and Hands. This program provides step-by-step guidance so you can increase profits, boost morale, reach a goal, identify challenges, and overcome difficult people and situations.


G.R.I.T. – Tactics for Resilience & Persistence

Studies have shown that grit is one of the most important character traits for success.  Colonel Jill was not the strongest soldier or the smartest soldier, and yet she succeeded where others didn’t.  She credits determination, pluck and grit.  In her presentation, she will show you how to find the inner strength to succeed.


Navigating Change, Crisis and Chaos

In this keynote, Colonel Jill covers the three core leadership components necessary for managing a crisis situation. She enthralls audiences while sharing concrete information on what a leader must be, must know and must do during times of chaos.


Powerful Presence – Show & Tell Your Power Through B.M.I.

First Colonel Jill will enthrall you with her showdown with Saddam Hussein. Then she will entertain and share how to present your own powerful presence. Some women roar ahead in their careers while others stagnate. Some advance their careers and some unknowingly sabotage their careers. Colonel Jill shows you ways to move forward, while eliminating unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back. You can easily incorporate these invaluable coaching tips into your social, personal and business skills. When you recognize and change certain behaviors, results pay off in career opportunities you never thought possible along with an image that identifies you as someone with the power and knowledge to lead and succeed.

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