Innovator, Philanthropist & Speaker
- Women in Business
- Veteran Issues
Jas Founded Final Salute Inc. in November 2010 as part of her commitment to “Never Leave a Fallen Comrade”. Throughout her military career, she was dedicated to working with and advocating for soldiers and their family members. In 2005, she was a single parent in the Army Reserves living in New Orleans. That spring, she learned she would soon be deploying to Iraq and then a few months later she lost everything she owned due to Hurricane Katrina. She tried to shift her focus to her platoon that was counting on her for leadership in a combat zone. The very next month in September, she received a devastating diagnosis of an aggressive head, neck, and throat cancer, and was now unable to deploy. Her options were limited and posed some very hard choices. Because of her illness, she had to discharge from the military. But she needed complex full-time medical care, employment, and a place to live with her young son.
When searching for assistance, she was told there were no existing programs for women veterans with children. She found these options unacceptable. This led to her starting Final Salute. She was determined to ensure her fellow sister veterans had a resource in their time of need. She also wanted to ensure they were treated with the dignity and respect earned they had earned under extremely severe circumstances.
Final Salute has raised over $2 million dollars to support homeless women veterans and their children, assisted over 3,600 women veterans and children and provided over 12,000 days of housing. Jas also founded the Ms. Veteran America competition and is featured in the documentary “Served Like a Girl”, honoring the women beyond the uniform and highlighting the service and sacrifice of every woman that has served in the U.S. military.
Jas has been honored for her leadership and community service including:
- Oprah Winfrey Standing Ovation Recipient
- American Veterans Center Lillian Keil Award – Women’s Contributions to the Military
- CNN Hero
- People Magazine Hero Among Us
- YWCA Woman of Distinction
Jas has spoken to a wide variety of organizations and groups including:
Defense & veterans organizations, corporate teams and groups, women’s groups & conferences, homeless advocacy & support groups and cancer survivor groups
IF IT’S LONELY AT THE TOP, YOU’RE NOT DOING SOMETHING RIGHT
Keynote or Workshop
Loneliness is not a leadership or positional issue, it is a personality issue. Jas teaches the importance of connecting, attracting and influencing as the key factors to successful and sustained leadership.
YOU HAVE A DREAM, NOW WHAT? Keynote or Workshop
Let’s be real…the dream is free but the journey isn’t. Jas teaches current and inspiring entrepreneurs the true cost of dreaming and how storytelling is the most vital tool in bringing dreams to life.
THE SOLDIER’S CREED Keynote
Jas delivers an engaging keynote on how the Warrior Ethos shaped her as a military leader and has been her key to success as a veteran advocate.
NO ONE RSVPS TO A PITY PARTY Keynote
From the projects of Chicago, to cancer, to homelessness, to National Change Catalyst; this keynote teachers anyone facing adversity to use their obstacles as motivators instead of excuses.
YOU DON’T NEED A CAPE TO BE SOMEONE’S HERO Keynote
Jas shares lessons learned from starting from scratch and building her successful non-profit organization to help others find and engage their inner hero.
I AM THIS ABLED Keynote
Having a disability doesn’t mean losing capability. This keynote teaches those living with disabilities to focus on their “can” instead of their “can’t” and also encourages diversity in the workplace.
WOMEN: THE SECOND CLASS VETERAN Keynote
This keynote addresses how women are not seen as serving on the frontlines and how this has affected their transition to civilian life.
SHE’S A BOSS AND SO ARE YOU Keynote
This keynote teaches women that the single greatest asset in the success of a woman are other women. Competition is healthy, but collaboration can lead to even greater success.