Combat Aviator, Keynote Speaker, Award-Winning Author, Entrepreneur, Women Veteran Speakers Bureau Owner
- Family / Work Balance
Linda is an award-winning author, business owner, leadership development professional, speaker and former military aviator and officer. She is also the CEO of Women Veteran Speakers – Speakers Bureau & Booking Agency.
Linda spent 20 years in the Navy, first as an enlisted air traffic controller and then as a Naval Flight Officer, flying both the A-6 “Intruder” and EA-6B “Prowler.”
She was one of the first women in U.S. history to join a combat military flying squadron and received numerous military awards, including the distinguished air medal for combat, awarded for flights flown over Southern Iraq in support of the no-fly zone during her deployment to the Arabian Gulf.
She also was the first woman to eject from a Martin Baker ejection seat from her A-6 aircraft in 1991 over the Atlantic Ocean. Since retiring from the Navy in 2004, Linda started her second career working as a defense contractor supporting aviation and submarine programs.
She currently is a senior systems engineer for a major defense aircraft program. She is also an author, event speaker, and the owner of Women Veteran Speakers – Speakers Bureau & Booking Agency.
Her award-winning book—Military Fly Moms ~ Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope, was published in 2012, and is a biographical collection of the inspiring true stories and photographs of seventy women who shared the same two dreams—becoming aviators in the military, and being moms.
Linda speaks throughout the country on topics such as Passing Down a Legacy, Leadership & Women, Women & Non-traditional Careers, Margin & Life Balance, Transitioning from Military Leadership to Business Leadership, and Aviation for K-12 Groups.
There is a deep curiosity to peer inside an old chest or trunk in the attic! What causes this spark of interest? There is a tiny spark of hope as we peek inside, of finding unique treasures hidden within the depths. People long for a legacy. Linda offers a thought-provoking presentation highlighting the importance of passing down a lasting legacy to our children and to future generations.
LIVING A LIFE OF MARGIN
Managing family, career and life priorities requires insight, thought and planning… and can leave little time to pursue one’s dreams and live a life of excellence. Many people these days feel like their lives are on fast forward and are stressed running from place to place with no time to spare. As a former military officer, business leader, and as a busy mom, Linda Maloney knows from her own personal experience the challenges of juggling family, life, and career demands. Linda will inspire you to achieve a margin-filled perspective and create margin in your day-to-day life… so that you can live a life of excellence in all the areas of your life.
GETTING TO YOUR DESTINATION: MISSION SUCCESS = BUSINESS SUCCESS
Linda Maloney was one of the first female combat aviators to fly onboard a Navy aircraft carrier after the combat exclusion law was repealed in 1993, which allowed women to fly combat missions. She knows, firsthand, what it takes to succeed in a high-tempo and competitive environment. Linda and her aircrew completed many successful combat missions, and those experiences and lessons have followed her into the business world. Linda shares the essential steps that she used from flight preparation to mission debrief to achieve success in the business and corporate world.
FLIGHT PLANNING FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION
A special presentation (including a short breathtaking flight video and hands-on opportunity to try to flight gear) geared toward young peoples’ groups and schools. With aviation flair, Linda combines all the elements of a flight, from preflight to touchdown, highlighting what it takes for our younger generation to stay on track and achieve goals.
Linda shares her own personal testimony that spans the course of her military aviation career including her experiences ejecting from an aircraft over the ocean to her experiences as a wife and mom. Her presentation also includes unique inspiring photographs that accompany her personal story of grace, recovery and hope.