Colonel Jill Morgenthaler
Colonel Jill Morgenthaler is a woman of many firsts. She was one of the first women to enter an experimental class for women in the U.S. Army ROTC and train as an equal with men. Overcoming obstacles, she was the first woman Battalion Commander in the 88th Regional Support Command Division, the first Brigade Commander in the 84th Division and then rose to the rank of Colonel. She was also the first woman to run homeland security for the state of Illinois. During her military career, Colonel Jill led hundreds of men and women around the world in war and peace, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit for her lifelong leadership.
Now, after 30 years of success in high-stakes fast moving environments, Colonel Jill shares her leadership secrets with the world. Leaders are not born, they are grown. She is fiercely committed to guiding women and men to achieve success as they take their organizations forward in the best and worst of times. Colonel Jill’s ability to inspire, educate and entertain audiences have made her a sought after and unforgettable leadership speaker.
A dynamic and masterful speaker, Jill shows audiences how to lead with confidence through her content rich, high-energy keynotes and seminars. Her unique experiences, ranging from a showdown with Saddam Hussein to saving an American engineer from a Soviet kidnapping, translate into universal lessons. She doesn’t simply tell audiences what to do. Her tailored speeches leave them with proven action steps so they can start leading the very next day with confidence. Colonel Jill is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer. Over 25,000 people have watched her TEDx Talk, “Fake It ‘Til You Make It.” She is a member of the National Speakers Association. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and has successfully launched two adult children.