Carey Lohrenz

  • World’s First Female Tomcat Fighter Pilot
  • Leadership Speaker & Author

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 has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses and 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.

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.

 
  

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Thanks so much for participating in our 'One Team' National Sales Conference in Phoenix. Your speech to our group was very well received and resonated especially well around the concepts of Teamwork, Leadership & Accountability, and Developing Trusting Partnerships. Your experiences and ability to translate them to our industry and our company’s goals and challenges truly inspired and empowered our team to achieve reach our own great heights. I’d be happy to serve as a reference if you are ever in need of one.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Carey Lohrenz
  • Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce
  • PayPal
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • WICT Greater Philadelphia
  • Barilla
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Sysco Corporation
  • Lincoln Financial Group
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Lessons in Leadership

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 ...

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, Execute, and Debrief 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.

Lessons in Partnership

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 rel ...

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.

Striking a Balance

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 deman ...

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.

 

High Risk into High Reward

Carey’s “Patient Safety” keynotes and workshops challenge, inform & inspire your employees to move to higher levels of performance and operational excellence in high-risk and sometimes dangerous environments. Consider the standards of carrier aviation: Simple, rigorous ...

Carey’s “Patient Safety” keynotes and workshops challenge, inform & inspire your employees to move to higher levels of performance and operational excellence in high-risk and sometimes dangerous environments.

Consider the standards of carrier aviation:

  • Simple, rigorous checklists
  • A culture that doesn’t tolerate safety lapses
  • Sound & critical decision making skills
  • Clear communication
  • A collaborative model

Carey’s “Patient Safety” keynotes and workshops challenge, inform & inspire your employees to move to higher levels of performance and operational excellence in high-risk and sometimes dangerous environments.

Carey shares risk planning strategies and training to:

  • Improve leadership, communication and teamwork among your physicians, staff and patients
  • Improve the patient experience
  • Assess the situation
  • Demonstrate simple root cause analysis that will highlight “what” is right versus “who” is right
  • Create a positive safety culture
  • Reduce human error & the chance of a mishap
  • Encourage a commitment to safety from all of your healthcare providers while maintaining clinical quality
  • Debrief to improve future performance and outcomes

Managing risk is like walking a tightrope.It is a constant balancing act of identifying and mitigating safety, operational and reputational risks. These tools will allow you to survive and succeed with superior results consistently, just as Carey Lohrenz did in the demanding world of fighter aviation.

Remaining Relevant

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. Th ...

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.

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Biography

Carey Lohrenz is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she was a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. 

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 processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting help 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, Underwriters Laboratories, 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.