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Carey Lohrenz

 First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy

Carey knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extremeenvironments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2. As the first female F-14 TomcatFighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, she is used to working in fast moving, dynamicenvironments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.The same challenges are found in business: Markets change, customer needs evolveand if you don’t adapt quickly your company is at risk.


In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinatingexperiences operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments — an aircraftcarrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure,reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can helpyour team triumph in this high-risk, time-crunched world.


Carey’s timely message about high-performing teams and developing aculture of learning is based on the best-practices of high-reliability organizations. Theprocess “Prepare, Perform, Prevail” helps businesses manage risk while becoming ahigh-performing organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at everylevel of the company.


Carey has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Herability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with herknowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made herhighly sought after as a business consultant and speaker.


Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging leadership, high-performingorganizations and diversity training that directly impacts a company’s ROI and bottomline. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability topass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to provide insight and guidanceon women’s leadership issues.

Carey has delivered her leadership and strategy experience to such companies asCisco, Dell, TEVA, Deloitte, Underwriters Laboratories, Verizon, AT&T, Kimberly Clark,State Farm Insurance and Sea Ray Boats, to name a few.


Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower and alsotrained at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s AviationOfficer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She iscurrently working on her M.B.A. in strategic leadership.