Survive And Thrive Today 2018 Speakers



America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot

Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others, FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page and screen and moves people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results.

Marina Nicholas

Director, Marina Nicholas, Inc

Over 25 years creating innovative products and advising Start Ups and Enterprises. As an award winning business advisor, Marina’s dynamic style brings clarity, strategy and growth to inspire and transform companies. ​Awards include ‘International Business Woman of the Year’, ‘Start Ups Women in Business’, ‘Business Start Up Award’ and ‘Best New Product’ from 80 global entrants.

Marina loves the outdoors and having new adventures. In the last few months adventures have included a trip to the Arctic Circle and a ski endurance challenge in the French Alps – 200km in 25 hours.

Bill Reichert

Co-founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures

Bill Reichert is co-founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.  He is also a Partner at Fenox Venture Capital, a global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Bill and his partners make focused investments in promising early-stage technology companies and work intensively with them to help them grow and succeed. Some of Garage’s most successful investments include Pandora Media (NYSE: P), Digital Fountain (acquired by Qualcomm), Coremetrics (acquired by IBM), iNest (acquired by LendingTree), and LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP).