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Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.)

Event published by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

October 16, 2019
7:30pm - 9:00pm


2755 E Napier Avenue
Benton Harbor

Part of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series

Nicole Malachowski
First woman Thunderbird pilot, combat veteran, fighter squadron commander, White House Fellow and adviser

Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) defies stereotypes. Yes, she was a jet fighter pilot, but if you think you know her based on that, you’d be wrong. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. But the dream came to an end when a devastating tick-borne illness left her unable to speak or walk for ten months. An indomitable spirit, Nicole fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Nicole will inspire you to rethink everyday challenges during her presentation, “Harnessing Headwinds of Change.” Her message will address three key beliefs: failure and risk is the price of entry for achieving something great; sometimes you need to yield to overcome; and her personal mantra – “nobody wants to lead a scripted life.”

Sponsored by Silver Beach Pizza


Admission: $50 - $80 + applicable fees

Contact: The Mendel Center Box Office , 269-927-8700 , email

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