About Nicole Malachowski
Light the Fire
Combat veteran, first woman Thunderbird pilot, fighter squadron commander, White House Fellow and advisor, patient advocate. Sharing her unique personal and professional experiences, Nicole will show you and your team how to push the envelope to reimagine what’s truly possible. She will ignite your passion to break through barriers, harness change, and achieve bold new goals.
“An indomitable spirit whose life journey adds such warmth and depth to her powerful message. She is relatable to women and men with a fascinating narrative of overcoming trials and tribulations all while being an unwitting trailblazer in aviation, in leadership, in social awareness and in medical care.”
Vice President, Advanced Technology Demonstration Center | Northrop Grumman
“You touched my team with your brilliant and meaningful storytelling and have inspired them with your leadership and very practical tips on how to manage headwinds. You captivated their hearts and minds—and it was exactly the kind of closing I wanted to end our week of planning sessions.”
SVP, CMO | Marketing and Sales | Best Western® Hotels & Resorts
“"Everyone...I mean everyone…left raving about your message. As you can imagine being in healthcare as executive I hear a lot of people speak. You are an exceptional speaker and have an incredible message to share with anyone that’s looking at ways to be motivated to improve themselves. So yes, count me in as a card holding member of your fan club"”
Chairman, Board of Directors, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP)
“"You are one of the most engaging and effective speakers I have come across—a humble force that touches people emotionally. Without question, you presented exactly the message we wanted to share with our elite performers.””
Chairman and CEO, SunTrust Banks, Inc.
““Rarely have I found an entire room of business colleagues all so incredibly inspired and engaged by one speaker! Nicole’s story has the power of relating to all businesses as well as the individual journeys we are all on. Nicole’s compassion, determination and kind spirit shine through in every aspect of her presentation. The outpouring of support, after two standing ovations and many tears, made it clear her message resonated with everyone in attendance."”
CEO of Cetera Financial Group
““Colonel Nicole Malachowski recently spoke to the senior leaders in my company and did an outstanding job. In fact, I cannot recall another speaker where there was such high universal praise. She is inspiring, authentic, energizing, and a true American hero. More than a week later, there is still abuzz in the organization and I have zero doubt her remarks will leave a lasting impression on our team to embrace headwinds and navigate change more successfully.””
President and CEO of Strayer University, Inc.
““We engaged Nicole to speak at our conference on Advancing Women in Law Firm Leadership. Nicole is a captivating speaker with a truly motivational story. She is energetic, personable, and authentic – and the audience was riveted throughout her entire presentation. I wholeheartedly recommend Nicole as a speaker!””
Senior Vice President, Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society (ALAS)
“"You are easily in my ‘top-5 of all-time’! In addition to be an excellent public speaker in manner, tone and approach, your presentation was stunningly inspiring, moving and motivational. And it wasn’t just a feel-good session. Every person in the room left with business and life-tools to use and share. But most of all, each and every one of us left the room with a more grateful heart. For me, this is the home run of home runs as we attempt to bring some light to the lives of our employees and clients."”
President, First Allied and Cetera Advisors
““…she was the absolute ‘best’ speaker we have ever hired. With that, the leadership from Major Account Summit have asked, how do we give her a bonus? She was that good.””
Manager, Meeting & Events, Kaiser Permanente
“"She was outstanding and delivered an authentic, actionable message that hit home for every executive — male or female — who is trying to set clear goals, break barriers and improve their career path. Her thought-provoking message was delivered with passion and authority. She left our audience of leading women with a clear path to achieve greatness, create change and make better, brave decisions.””
Conference Director, Automotive News
“"She has a compelling personal as well as professional story to tell. And she does it with a passion and vulnerability that create a strong connection with her audience. Five minutes into her presentation, you could tell that she had our group hooked. Her presentation resonated so deeply with our audience that people are still talking about her presentation a week later and employees who could not attend are asking to see the video of her presentation. Nicole is professional, organized, timely, and an all-around pleasure to work with. She was thoughtful in researching our organization and event so she could craft her discussion to fit our audience.””
Investments Director, Fundamental Equities, Invesco Advisers, Inc.
““Col. Nicole Malachowski took our financial professionals by storm - three weeks later, people are still talking about her. She has a unique gift of being able to relate her very interesting and exciting professional and personal life experiences to a diverse audience in a completely different profession. Her genuine conversational style made each attendee feel she was talking directly to them.””
Treasury Management Association of New York
Selected for Induction into National Women’s Hall of Fame
Nicole will be joining 276 prior inductees “whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history.” She will […]
Interview: Becoming The First Woman Thunderbird Pilot
In this interview, Nicole reflects on her determination to achieve her dream of flying fighter aircraft, her groundbreaking role in […]
Joining Forces Announces New Executive Director
Thunderbird pilot, Nicole Malachowski, is selected as Executive Director: On behalf of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, […]