#SLA2017 — From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Leading from the Front


Retired U.S. Army Colonel Jill Morgenthaler knows how to turn obstacles into opportunities. Her thirty years of extraordinary performance in military intelligence operations, peacekeeping, and crisis communications offer a unique perspective on leadership amidst chaos. She is an authority on breaking the glass ceiling as well. Her message is dynamic, inspirational, innovative, and relevant. Attendees can look forward to “how-to” takeaways that can immediately be applied to help to overcome obstacles, affect change, and deliver organizational success.



  • Colonel Jill Morgenthaler
  • Presenter and Author

Present at Sadam Hussein’s trial. Stared him down outside the trial.

  • No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
  • 1972 -Penn State — got four-year ROTC scholarship.
  • 1975 — Officer boot camp — Fort Bragg, NC
  • “Believe in yourself before anyone else can.”
  • Running on Barbed Wire —



  • Heart (We not me.) — You are the Right Person At the Right Place in the Right Time.  Put appreciation day on your calendar.
  • Optimism —  Leaders provide hope.  “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” — Colin Powell.
  • Opportunities (obstacles = opportunities) – – YOU control the journey!
  • Abilities —   StrengthsFinder — Tom Rath & Barry Conchie.
  • Hands — “Stop doing Stupid.”

Authentic Leader —  Be your best self.

BMI — body, mouth, intellect.

Body – Maintaining Cool

  • Keep calm and start the countdown.
  • Do push-ups against the wall.
  • Take a walk.

Mouth –

  • Speak up about your abilities.
  • Tell people what you want.
  • Toot your horn Tuesday!!

Intellect – You are not alone in this.

“You are the Right Person At the Right Place in the Right Time.”