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Heather Penney

Fighter Pilot for Flight 93 Kamikaze Mission on 9/11, United States Air Force Pilot, Defense Policy Expert

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Heather Penney Biography

Most widely recognized for her service on September 11, Heather “Lucky” Penney is a renowned speaker on topics ranging from personal courage; decision-making under stress; leadership; organizational transformation; inclusivity; high performance teams; national defense issues; and aviation. She grew up around aviation and warbirds, but women couldn’t be fighter pilots when she went to college; congressional statute excluded women from combat. Pursuing her love of aviation, she stood up the first collegiate team to race in the Air Race Classic at Purdue University, where she earned her B.A. and M.A. She was in graduate school when she learned that Congress had opened combat aviation to women.

Penney was part of the first wave of women who went directly into fighters from pilot training. She applied to the Air National Guard and earned her wings through the exclusive and prestigious Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, a NATO undergraduate pilot training program where she flew the T-37 and T-38. The first and only woman in the 121st Fighter Squadron, Penney deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom for initial combat operations as a night-time SCUD Hunter in the western deserts of Iraq, also supporting Special Operations Forces. She flew the F-16 for ten years before having to make the difficult decision to leave the fighter aviation as a single mother. She continued to serve, flying the Gulfstream G-100 Astra jet for another six years in the VIP Special Airlift Mission.

For over ten years, Penney was a Director of various Air Force programs for Lockheed Martin, specializing in capture management, government relations, and strategic business development. Her portfolio included the F-22, the F-16, F-35 training, and the Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition to replace the T-38. She now is a Senior Resident Fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies at the Air Force Association, where she researches conducts extensive research on cutting edge defense policy and technologies with a focus on the leveraging the critical advantage that only aerospace power affords.

She has been a regular lecturer at the Air Force’s Squadron Officer School; is on the Board of Directors for the Experimental Aviation Association; is Chair of the EAA Women Soar Society, dedicated to supporting and expanding the presence of women across aviation; and was the Beideman Visiting Scholar at the Oskin Leadership Institute for Widener University from 2018-2019. Penney’s passion for aviation has never faded – she has flown her Taylorcraft BC-12 coast-to-coast, owned several vintage aircraft, and raced jets at 500 mph and 50ft above the desert floor at the Reno Air Races. She has over 3,500 hours with Commercial, CFII/MEI, and ATP ratings; and she has co-piloted the Collings Foundation B-17, brining history alive to communities across the nation. She enjoys flying her WWII Army Air Forces PT-13 Stearman biplane and 1950 Cessna 170A. She is now married with two daughters and rescue dog, Gilmore (named after Roscoe’s lion). When she isn’t in the air, you can usually find her with her family, camping and hiking in a National Park.

Speaking Topics
  • Leading into an Uncertain Future

    The availability of information has created an insatiable appetite for leaders: better information is equated with better decision-making and better outcomes. Yet leading through change or crises inherently disrupts this model. Leaders can be paralyzed by uncertainty in dynamic and unpredictable environments. Penney shares her experiences and lessons on how leaders can ensure their organizations and people are best prepared and empowered to take action when facing the unknown.

  • Building a Mission-Purposed Culture

    Diversity and inclusion are widely recognized and corporate imperatives but are often resisted as disruptive and arbitrary and villainizing the existing organizational identity and culture. Penney explains through her personal experiences in a fighter squadron how culture is essential to mission performance and high-performing teams, and reframes how we understand the norms, behaviors, and traditions that govern group dynamics. By aligning culture with mission and focusing on purpose, the space for diversity and inclusion is naturally created in a manner that values every team member and empowers them to perform at their best.

  • 9/11: Cultivating the Hero Within

    Reflecting on her experiences on 9/11, Penney offers a vision of hope, community, and connection for our nation’s future as an alternative to the fear and trauma that has consumed our collective consciousness. This uplifting and inspirational future is available to all us and the small, daily choices that each of us makes. Penney provides a specific model that helps audiences understand how we can deliberately cultivate heroism in ourselves, and how we can empower ourselves to be a force for good in our communities.

  • Ms. Penney tailors her speeches to each individual client’s needs. She is a charismatic, genuine, and skilled for “fireside chats.” She is also a collaborative and dynamic panelist. Additionally, Ms. Penney can speak to:

    • Future warfare concepts
    • Optimizing Technology and Humans in Future Warfare
    • National Defense
    • Organizational transformation
    • Risk-taking for leaders and organizations
    • Conquering self-doubt and failure
    • Building a culture of empowerment
    • General aviation
    • Women in aviation

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    Booking fees for Heather Penney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Heather Penney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Heather Penney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Heather Penney for your next private or corporate function.
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Fighter Pilot for Flight 93 Kamikaze Mission on 9/11, United States Air Force Pilot, Defense Policy Expert

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Heather Penney Biography

Most widely recognized for her service on September 11, Heather “Lucky” Penney is a renowned speaker on topics ranging from personal courage; decision-making under stress; leadership; organizational transformation; inclusivity; high performance teams; national defense issues; and aviation. She grew up around aviation and warbirds, but women couldn’t be fighter pilots when she went to college; congressional statute excluded women from combat. Pursuing her love of aviation, she stood up the first collegiate team to race in the Air Race Classic at Purdue University, where she earned her B.A. and M.A. She was in graduate school when she learned that Congress had opened combat aviation to women.

Penney was part of the first wave of women who went directly into fighters from pilot training. She applied to the Air National Guard and earned her wings through the exclusive and prestigious Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training, a NATO undergraduate pilot training program where she flew the T-37 and T-38. The first and only woman in the 121st Fighter Squadron, Penney deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom for initial combat operations as a night-time SCUD Hunter in the western deserts of Iraq, also supporting Special Operations Forces. She flew the F-16 for ten years before having to make the difficult decision to leave the fighter aviation as a single mother. She continued to serve, flying the Gulfstream G-100 Astra jet for another six years in the VIP Special Airlift Mission.

For over ten years, Penney was a Director of various Air Force programs for Lockheed Martin, specializing in capture management, government relations, and strategic business development. Her portfolio included the F-22, the F-16, F-35 training, and the Air Force’s Advanced Pilot Training competition to replace the T-38. She now is a Senior Resident Fellow for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies at the Air Force Association, where she researches conducts extensive research on cutting edge defense policy and technologies with a focus on the leveraging the critical advantage that only aerospace power affords.

She has been a regular lecturer at the Air Force’s Squadron Officer School; is on the Board of Directors for the Experimental Aviation Association; is Chair of the EAA Women Soar Society, dedicated to supporting and expanding the presence of women across aviation; and was the Beideman Visiting Scholar at the Oskin Leadership Institute for Widener University from 2018-2019. Penney’s passion for aviation has never faded – she has flown her Taylorcraft BC-12 coast-to-coast, owned several vintage aircraft, and raced jets at 500 mph and 50ft above the desert floor at the Reno Air Races. She has over 3,500 hours with Commercial, CFII/MEI, and ATP ratings; and she has co-piloted the Collings Foundation B-17, brining history alive to communities across the nation. She enjoys flying her WWII Army Air Forces PT-13 Stearman biplane and 1950 Cessna 170A. She is now married with two daughters and rescue dog, Gilmore (named after Roscoe’s lion). When she isn’t in the air, you can usually find her with her family, camping and hiking in a National Park.

Heather Penney Speaking Topics

  • Leading into an Uncertain Future

    The availability of information has created an insatiable appetite for leaders: better information is equated with better decision-making and better outcomes. Yet leading through change or crises inherently disrupts this model. Leaders can be paralyzed by uncertainty in dynamic and unpredictable environments. Penney shares her experiences and lessons on how leaders can ensure their organizations and people are best prepared and empowered to take action when facing the unknown.

  • Building a Mission-Purposed Culture

    Diversity and inclusion are widely recognized and corporate imperatives but are often resisted as disruptive and arbitrary and villainizing the existing organizational identity and culture. Penney explains through her personal experiences in a fighter squadron how culture is essential to mission performance and high-performing teams, and reframes how we understand the norms, behaviors, and traditions that govern group dynamics. By aligning culture with mission and focusing on purpose, the space for diversity and inclusion is naturally created in a manner that values every team member and empowers them to perform at their best.

  • 9/11: Cultivating the Hero Within

    Reflecting on her experiences on 9/11, Penney offers a vision of hope, community, and connection for our nation’s future as an alternative to the fear and trauma that has consumed our collective consciousness. This uplifting and inspirational future is available to all us and the small, daily choices that each of us makes. Penney provides a specific model that helps audiences understand how we can deliberately cultivate heroism in ourselves, and how we can empower ourselves to be a force for good in our communities.

  • Ms. Penney tailors her speeches to each individual client’s needs. She is a charismatic, genuine, and skilled for “fireside chats.” She is also a collaborative and dynamic panelist. Additionally, Ms. Penney can speak to:

    • Future warfare concepts
    • Optimizing Technology and Humans in Future Warfare
    • National Defense
    • Organizational transformation
    • Risk-taking for leaders and organizations
    • Conquering self-doubt and failure
    • Building a culture of empowerment
    • General aviation
    • Women in aviation

Heather Penney Videos

  • F-16 Female Fighter Pilot On 9/11 Mission: Maj Heather Penney ...
    Sep 11, 2021 ... Pilot tasked with finding Flight 93 before it made its way to DC:WASHINGTON DC (WTAJ) — Shortly before Flight 93 crashed, two...
  • Chuck Rosenberg Podcast With Heather Penney | The Oath - Ep 34 ...
    Dec 23, 2020 ... Heather Penney was born in Tucson, Arizona, the daughter of a fighter pilot. Flying was in her blood, and Heather earned her own...
  • Women in the Air Force Heather Penney Interview Part 1(NMUSAF ...
    Dec 11, 2020 ... Known for flying a ramming mission to prevent United Airlines Flight 93 from reaching Washington, D.C. during the September 11, ...

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FAQs on booking Heather Penney

  • How to book Heather Penney?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Heather Penney for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Heather Penney, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Heather Penney or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Heather Penney?

    Booking fees for Heather Penney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Heather Penney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Heather Penney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Heather Penney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Heather Penney for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Heather Penney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Heather Penney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Heather Penney is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Leading into an Uncertain Future, Building a Mission-Purposed Culture, 9/11: Cultivating the Hero Within and. The estimated speaking fee range to book Heather Penney for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Heather Penney generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, Shannon Huffman Polson, Carey Lohrenz, Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.) and Melissa Stockwell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Heather Penney for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Heather Penney Speaking Topics

  • Leading into an Uncertain Future

    The availability of information has created an insatiable appetite for leaders: better information is equated with better decision-making and better outcomes. Yet leading through change or crises inherently disrupts this model. Leaders can be paralyzed by uncertainty in dynamic and unpredictable environments. Penney shares her experiences and lessons on how leaders can ensure their organizations and people are best prepared and empowered to take action when facing the unknown.

  • Building a Mission-Purposed Culture

    Diversity and inclusion are widely recognized and corporate imperatives but are often resisted as disruptive and arbitrary and villainizing the existing organizational identity and culture. Penney explains through her personal experiences in a fighter squadron how culture is essential to mission performance and high-performing teams, and reframes how we understand the norms, behaviors, and traditions that govern group dynamics. By aligning culture with mission and focusing on purpose, the space for diversity and inclusion is naturally created in a manner that values every team member and empowers them to perform at their best.

  • 9/11: Cultivating the Hero Within

    Reflecting on her experiences on 9/11, Penney offers a vision of hope, community, and connection for our nation’s future as an alternative to the fear and trauma that has consumed our collective consciousness. This uplifting and inspirational future is available to all us and the small, daily choices that each of us makes. Penney provides a specific model that helps audiences understand how we can deliberately cultivate heroism in ourselves, and how we can empower ourselves to be a force for good in our communities.

  • Ms. Penney tailors her speeches to each individual client’s needs. She is a charismatic, genuine, and skilled for “fireside chats.” She is also a collaborative and dynamic panelist. Additionally, Ms. Penney can speak to:

    • Future warfare concepts
    • Optimizing Technology and Humans in Future Warfare
    • National Defense
    • Organizational transformation
    • Risk-taking for leaders and organizations
    • Conquering self-doubt and failure
    • Building a culture of empowerment
    • General aviation
    • Women in aviation

Heather Penney Speaker Videos

  • F-16 Female Fighter Pilot On 9/11 Mission: Maj Heather Penney ...
    Sep 11, 2021 ... Pilot tasked with finding Flight 93 before it made its way to DC:WASHINGTON DC (WTAJ) — Shortly before Flight 93 crashed, two fighter pilots ...
    Chuck Rosenberg Podcast With Heather Penney | The Oath - Ep 34 ...
    Dec 23, 2020 ... Heather Penney was born in Tucson, Arizona, the daughter of a fighter pilot. Flying was in her blood, and Heather earned her own pilot's ...
  • Women in the Air Force Heather Penney Interview Part 1(NMUSAF ...
    Dec 11, 2020 ... Known for flying a ramming mission to prevent United Airlines Flight 93 from reaching Washington, D.C. during the September 11, ...
    Modernizing UAV Export Policy for Effective Coalition Forces w ...
    Jun 3, 2020 ... ... “Modernizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Export Policy for Effective Coalition Forces” by Heather R. Penney, Senior Resident Fellow at the ...
  • 9/11 and Every-day Heroism | Heather “Lucky” Penney ...
    Jul 29, 2019 ... On 9/11, 24-year old rookie fighter pilot Heather "Lucky" Penney was sent on a suicide mission. Without any live weapons on board her ...
    NCLS 2017 Heather Penney - YouTube
    Mar 3, 2017 ... Ms.Heather "Lucky" Penney speaks during the 2017 National Character and Leadership Symposium at the United States Air Force Academy.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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