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Shannon Huffman Polson

2019 Keynote Address- "Leading from Any Seat: Stories from the Cockpit & Lessons from the Grit Project"

Shannon Huffman Polson

One of the first U.S. Army women Apache helicopter captains and pilots, Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of North of Hope and The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the most Male Dominated Industry in the World.

Pushing barriers both personally and physically is just a normal day in the office when you are one of the first women commissioned to fly Apache combat helicopters in the United States Armed Forces. Shannon Huffman Polson served on three continents and led two flight platoons and a line company. In the midst of her breakthrough role as a female helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, Polson learned lessons on leadership, courage, teamwork, and above all the importance of GRIT – that personal dedication and strength which exists at the intersection of purpose and passion. Blending specific leadership strategies with gripping anecdotes, Polson leaves audiences inspired and empowered to harness their own personal strength, the GRIT within.

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