Part 2 of a profile of MG Dee McWIlliams. McWIlliams shares stories and lessons from her service as a general officer and over the course of her long career.
MG Dee McWilliams thought she'd do twenty years. Almost another decade later she left a legacy with two stars and a cadre of people she taught all about leadership.
Jane O'Dea was one of the first three women to fly in the United States Navy. Early on, she was warned that "the Navy doesn't reward pioneers." Even so, O'Dea forged a career in the face of challenge, faced the fear and came out kicking.
Gea Leigh Haff is an EMT, a paramedic, a firefighter, a rescue diver and a special operations flight medic. She shares her story and the lessons she's learned about grit with The Grit Project as the first in our summer features of women in uniform outside of the military.
Jody Vander Heyden never thought she'd join the Coast Guard, and ended up in the vanguard of women training as rescue swimmers, surprising no one more than herself when she graduated as honor grad. But the Coast Guard wasn't ready for her. Her lessons learned in an early integration will help women starting out today.
Lieutenant Colonel Dianna Flett shares her lessons in grit and leadership learned over a career in military counterintelligence.
Sarah Deal Burrow joined the Marines even before women were allowed in the cockpit, but the moment she read the article about the lifting of combat exclusion, she called and requested a flight slot. She hasn't stopped since, and it hasn't been easy.
Twenty years as a Naval aviator taught Commander Karen Fine Brasch a lot about grit, leadership and being prepared for change, while remaining true to who she was.
Some of the best advice for new leaders compiled from Grit Project Profiles, from leaders in every service and hundreds of years of combined experience. You wont want to miss this.
In February 1991, Rhonda Cornum crawled from the wreckage of her Blackhawk helicopter and stared into the rifles of five Iraqis. She has a lot to say about grit.
Jen Nothelfer joined the navy to prove she could, and became one of the Marine Corps' first women aviators. It's not easy, but she believes in the mission.
Alyce Rohrer was born to fly. After earning her private pilot license at 15, she lied about her age to get into Jackie Cochran's WASP program, and she soars still today.
Command Master Chief Shinnick was the other half of Karen Baetzel's command team (an earlier She's Got Grit profile!). Read about the gritty journey of this early senior enlisted woman in the U.S. Navy.
Coast Guard Commander Alda Siebrands wasn't afraid to break the rules to get things done. Prepare to be inspired by a life and career of leadership and grit.
Edna Davis wasn't about to take no for an answer or let anything get in her way. Leaders rarely do. From a midwestern girl to the first woman to fly the B26 Marauder, don't miss her story of courage and grit.
Brigadier General Becky Halstead graduated as the first female West Point graduate to be promoted to general officer. Over a career, including command of over 20,000 troops in Iraq, she has learned a few things about leadership and grit.
Thousands of miles by dogsled will teach you a thing or two about grit, on and off the trail. Don't miss Debbie Moderow's story and what she learned alone in Alaska's wilderness.
Two hundred feet underwater, a fire is more than your every day emergency. Read what Lieutenant Commander Krysten Ellis has to say about that and other stories as one of the first women to serve on submarines in the U.S. Navy.
LTC Nadine Kokolis learned early lessons in leadership and grit that took her around the world.
At 400 knots, three feet away from her wingman, female fighter pilot and woman aviation leader Tammy Barlette is focused and unafraid.