Carey Lohrenz | Author: WSJ best seller Fearless Leadership; First female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy

Carey Lohrenz

Author: WSJ best seller Fearless Leadership; First female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy

Carey Lohrenz

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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Span of Control
What To Do When You’re Under Pressure, Overwhelmed, and Ready to Get What You Really Want

We live in an age of overwhelming chaos—and it’s taking a toll on all of us. Every day, there’s more to do and less time. We make to-do lists and are lucky if we cross off a few items daily. We struggle to keep up with overflowing inboxes and get pulled in a million directions by work, family, and social obligations. At our core, we've lost our grip on what we want, and who we really want to be.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, as well as a mom of four, wife, business
consultant, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and speaker to audiences across the globe, Carey
Lohrenz knows the stress here on land, can be just as intense as the stress 40,000 feet up in the air. Now you can take advantage of her years of training to overcome pressure, stress, chaos, burnout, and anxiety.

In the corporate world, your “span of control” is the number of direct reports you can effectively
manage. In the Navy, it's determined by the things you can and should control at any given time. It
reminds you what to focus on right in the moment, knowing that any other stuff is uncontrollable and
should not take up precious mental space. For Carey, recognizing her span of control kept her focused on what mattered and became a primary tool in taming the distractions and pressures of flying demanding, high-pressure missions.

This program is a high-octane dose of encouragement and practicality. Through eye-opening science,
gripping personal stories, insightful interviews, prescriptive advice, and helpful tools, your audience will be empowered to create positive change in their own lives and the world around them.

Learning Objectives:
• Move away from our knee-jerk desire to do and control everything
• Identify and overcome stress, anxiety and burnout
• Befriend and learn from your pain and failures
• Discover your biggest, scariest, most exciting goal and how to effectively tackle it
• Manage competing demands and feel encouraged to live your own version of success
• Navigate fear, discover focus, and implement useful prioritization tools
• Go beyond what you ever thought was possible for your life


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.

Striking a Balance
Steps for Success in Work and Life

As the first F-14 Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to achieve life balance in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable.

Balancing work and life can be a challenge. 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 Officer, 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 life. Carey is dedicated to inspiring each person to 'Be the Catalyst’ and look beyond their circumstances.

Just as pilots do a "systems check‟ before takeoff, Carey 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.

Lessons In Partnering

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 is 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, gain advantage and uncover opportunities.

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Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deckby Carey Lohrenz

Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck

by Carey Lohrenz

An F-14 fighter pilot's top lessons for leading fearlessly--and bringing a team to peak performance

As an aviation pioneer, Carey D. Lohrenz learned what fearless leadership means in some of the most demanding and extreme environments imaginable: the cockpit of an F-14 and the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Here, her teams had to perform at their peak--or lives were on the line. Faltering leadership was simply unacceptable. Through these experiences, Lohrenz identified a fundamental truth: high-performing teams require fearless leaders.

Since leaving the Navy, she's translated that lesson into a new field, helping top business leaders, from Fortune 500 executives to middle managers, supercharge performance in today's competitive business environments. In Fearless Leadership, Lohrenz walks you through the three fundamentals of real fearlessness--courage, tenacity, and integrity--and then reveals fearless leadership in action, offering advice on how to set a bold vision, bring the team together (as wingmen, not Top Gun mavericks), execute effectively, and stay resilient through hard times.

Whether you're stepping into your first leadership role or looking to get out of a longstanding rut, Fearless Leadership will act like your afterburner--rocketing you to ever-higher levels of performance.

Span of Control: What to Do When You're Under Pressure, Overwhelmed, and Ready to Get What You Really Wantby Carey Lohrenz

Span of Control: What to Do When You're Under Pressure, Overwhelmed, and Ready to Get What You Really Want

by Carey Lohrenz

What can you control?

When we have the mindset and the practical tools to ditch distractions, formulate a plan, and communicate clearly, we can more effectively manage stress, anxiety, and external pressures and even rediscover joy. In Span of Control, author Carey Lohrenz walks you through the fundamentals of surviving and succeeding during times of crisis. Weaving together stories of individual and team achievements against the odds and current research in brain and behavioral science, Span of Control>/i> expertly guides readers from the point of recognizing the signs of distress and overwhelm, to developing habits and practices to combat it, to rediscovering one's singular focus and motivating passions.

Lohrenz, author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons From the Flight Deck, will teach you precisely how it's possible to take charge, adapt one's practices, and flourish despite the most difficult situations and circumstances, making a bold and convincing case that there is a way to cut through the chaos and stay focused on achieving what's most important.

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Carey Lohrenz - Span of Control

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High Praise For Carey Lohrenz in The Huffington Post

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