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Carey Lohrenz

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US Navy Fighter Pilot, Author of the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck & Leadership Speaker


Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.

Fee Range: $30,001 – $50,000
Phone: 800-328-6008

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk.

In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.

Carey Lohrenz's timely message about High Performing Teams and developing a Culture of Learning is based on the best-practices of high reliability organizations. The process Prepare, Perform, Prevail helps businesses manage risk while becoming a High Performing Organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at every level of the company.

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

Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company’s ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the Lessons Learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on Women’s Leadership Issues.

Carey has delivered her leadership and strategy experience to such companies as Cisco, 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, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

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Speech Titles and Descriptions:


In this popular and inspirational keynote, Carey shares the fundamentals that helped her win in the cockpit at Mach 2 and can help your team win in business:

  • Be a Catalyst. Make change happen by focusing on what matters most.
  • Be Tenacious. Overcome your fear of failure.
  • Be Committed to Excellence. Prepare, Perform, and Prevail to accomplish seemingly impossible missions every day.
  • Be Resilient. Turn adversity into success.

An industry pioneer and team performance accelerant, Carey is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of Leadership, Teamwork, Winning Under Pressure, Reducing Errors, and Overcoming Obstacles.

This highly popular leadership keynote will challenge, inform, and inspire your team to move to higher levels of performance in these difficult economic times. Lohrenz offers bottom-line expertise with clear, realistic takeaway items for audiences that can produce both short-term and life changing results.


Just like in aviation in a rapidly changing global environment, speed is life. Collaboration is critical to business success and managing successful strategic partnerships is crucial. Competitive advantage is gained when your organization can optimize partnerships and strategic alliances. Deeper relationships with partners can be the key to long term success and growth.

In this inspiring and engaging keynote, Carey shares what it takes to be on the ‘Leading Edge.’ Those things that helped her succeed in one of the most extreme environments on earth can help elevate your team to gain advantage and uncover opportunities.


A successful career, a happy family, and a balanced personal life leave little time for many people to nurture their dreams.

As a former Naval Aviator, a corporate executive, and as a busy mother of four, Carey “Vixen” Lohrenz knows first-hand the challenges of navigating the many demands of daily work-life balance. In this riveting and inspirational keynote speech, Carey will inspire you to ‘Be the Catalyst’ and look beyond your circumstances.

Just as pilots do a “systems check” before takeoff, Carey’s motivational speech will walk you through a Pre-Flight Check on your journey towards success.

  • Belief in Yourself and Your Abilities. To be successful and ultimately take charge of your life, overcoming lack of self-belief is one of the biggest hurdles you need to overcome.
  • A Firm Commitment. Be unwavering and purposeful in your actions.
  • Clarity of Purpose. Clarity of purpose and a clear picture of precisely what you want to achieve are key factors in achieving success.
  • Make a Plan – Stay Focused. Keep life’s distractions and interruptions at bay by creating your plan – and sticking to it.


In a challenging economic environment, remaining relevant to your customers and within your organization is critical to your survival. Those who fail to deliver value to their consumers, shareholders, clients, and teammates become extinct. Could that happen to you? In aviation, complacency kills. The same is true in business. If you become complacent and ignore the warning signs (shifts in culture, trends, global demands, budget restrictions), you could be facing extinction.

In this energizing and empowering keynote, Carey shares the fundamentals that can help your team win in business by learning the importance of remaining relevant, how to accelerate performance, how to stay agile and adaptable, and how high performing teams become excellent.


An honor to meet Carey Lohrenz today at Dell World. I’m inspired by your story!
Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell

I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was to have Carey speak at our event last week! We were honored have Carey at our final executive education session for 2015. She is so down to earth, amazingly inspiring, and beyond engaging! She has the seamless ability to connect her military experience with leadership in the business world. As I’ve returned to the workplace more than one person has quoted her in various settings; from “80%” to ‘If you lose sight, you lose the fight’ and many others. I highly recommend her as a speaker and feel privileged to have met her! She Rocks – Go Fearless Leadership!
Diane Krieger, AVP, HR/L&D Bethpage Federal Credit Union

Vixen rocked! I just wanted to thank you for all you did to make our meeting inspiring and fantastic. I personally thought you did a great job connecting with everyone, and your story is inspiring, and your lessons very appropriate for all we are going through.

Yesterday one of my VP’s was giving a presentation, and the title of it was ‘Lose sight, and you lose the fight’ And he gave you full credit for the quote!
Dan Schulman, CEO PayPal

Carey was AMAZING! So much of what she said resonated with our organization. Her story is inspiring, her message applies to everyone, and her ability to engage the audience with a story is great! Additionally, she is a true professional, easy to work with, and fully committed to making sure the client has a good experience… Thank you!
Kirk Guthrie, Executive Director, Talent, Saatchi & Saatchi

You were so authentic, energetic and passionate that your insights gained from military service and leadership roles were received very, very positively by those who attended the Weikel Leadership Speaker Series last Friday. Taura and I appreciate how you prepared and customized a message for our audience. Plus, it is always awesome to have a UW alumna back on campus during Homecoming. A special thank you for your willingness to spend time with some of our MBA women in advance of the Weikel.

Every single woman who attended was grateful for the tips, ideas and examples. I kept hearing that message over and over during the Weikel reception, at the Homecoming tailgate on Saturday morning at a reunion event on Saturday afternoon and this morning in the hallway! I hope that we’re able to stay in touch and welcome you back again in the future. On Wisconsin!
Blair Nelson Sanford, Asst. Dean, Fulltime MBA Program Wisconsin School of Business – University of Wisconsin-Madison

Carey Lohrenz was great. She was so charming and her talk was incredibly on point. Her story resonated with the students, and she touched on the key points that we try to communicate to the students on a daily basis…that it takes a diverse team to accomplish a successful task, that there are lessons learned from failure, and finally lessons in tenacity and resilience. Now that she herself has a kid in college, she was really able to relate to the students.
Monetta C. Edwards, CMP Assistant Director Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics Boston College

Carey Lohrenz’s keynote was fantastic! Her high energy delivery and actionable content had an impact on all of our franchisees. Carey has the unique ability to delivery content within a story that changes the way our franchisees think about leadership, innovation and helps catapult them into a new way of thinking about their business. She took the time to learn about our market, our business, and our customers and what it will take to succeed in the future, which made for an impactful presentation for both our existing franchisees and our new franchisees.
Damon Davoudpour, Director of Marketing, Shoney’s Restaurants

We were honored and delighted to have Carey speak to a group of 350 of our leaders. Her straightforward and engaging style, combined with the quality of her content that had multiple linkages to a variety of issues, was very well received. She’s a total pro and I highly recommend her as a top-flight speaker!
Bernard Snow, Director, St. David’s Healthcare

After nearly a year of talking with Carey, last week I was able to arrange for her to speak at our company’s National Sales Meeting. Her ability to communicate and inspire a room full of corporate veterans was exceptional, extraordinary, prodigious, and first-class! As if it isn’t enough that Carey has a remarkable story of persistence with the U.S. Navy as an F-14 aviator, she is able to use those experiences to encourage and motivate others to achieve, recognizing there will be hurdles, but demonstrating that success is always within reach for those with the fortitude to chase their dreams.
I would recommend Carey as a speaker to a wide variety of audiences – you’ll be happy you did!

David Love, Director of Marketing at Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories

Very nice to meet you and thanks for being part of our National Sales meeting. The feedback was terrific. Your presentation helped make our overall event a ‘huge’ success!
Brien McMahon, Radian Executive Vice President & Chief Franchise Officer

You were amazing and your presentation at our Hollywood Conference, was the best ever. Thanks for your dedication and professionalism as it was magnificent!
Perry Miller, Regional General Manager GARDAWORLD

Carey, thank you so much for presenting at DEAM13 and giving us your testimonial. BOTH were fabulous! We would love to continue the relationship in our joint effort to support and employ veterans and transitioning military personnel. Thanks!
Lis Dennis, Marketing Manager, DirectEmployers Association

How do I begin to thank you all for the enthusiasm, gusto and passion that you brought to our conference and all you did to ensure its success? Judging from all the wonderful comments we are receiving from our attendees, you really stole the show! I can assure you that lots of folks will be receiving copies of Fearless Leadership in their Xmas stockings. What a story you have to tell and what a role model you are. You seem to make all things possible and are really making a difference in the lives of all you touch. You open their eyes to hope and a future they might never have explored. I don’t think anything can equal that feeling of promise and accomplishment.
Barbara C. Worth, Director of Strategic & Private Development, Association for Learning Environments

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