Sharon Preszler

Keynote Speaker, Transition Coach,
Fighter Pilot

“Let your performance speak for you.”


I was hand-picked as one member of the initial cadre of women fighter pilots in the United States Air Force. I was the first woman to fly the F-16 (a single-seat, single-engine fighter) and the first woman to fly combat missions and instruct in the F-16. It is my experiences as the first woman in the F-16 and the challenges I overcame to become a successful and respected fighter pilot that are at the heart of my inspirational speeches.


Speaking and sharing what I have learned is how I honor all the people in my life who have helped me become who I am. My experiences as the first woman to fly the F-16 in the US Air Force taught me how to find the root causes of my mistakes and learn lessons to improve. I learned this to become a better fighter pilot, but it also helps you become a better version of yourself. I give two speeches based on my experiences that will be very beneficial for your team, organization, or group.


I have 35 years in military and civilian aviation and an MS in Psychology with an emphasis in Life Coaching. My coaching philosophy is client driven, helping you define your goals and using my critical -thinking and problem-solving skills to help you take steps to reach them.


Powerful message, entertaining stories, transparent delivery. Sharon was perfect for us.

Jim Blue

President, Alera Group

Incredibly inspiring! Her way of intertwining her own life lessons and experiences is brilliant. Highly recommend her.

Amy VanHorn

Bethany College

Sharon spoke to our Women’s luncheon at our Independent Insurance Agencies Conference in Chicago. Sharon got to meet some of the conference attendees at a function the night before and her story was so interesting we actually had 10 men attending the women’s luncheon. Sharon’s message of courage, perseverance and being true to yourself resonated with all the attendees. The comments I heard most frequently after her speech were “inspirational” “motivating”, “engaging” and “impressive”. I will definitely have Sharon speak at future events

Danielle Capilla

Sharon was the keynote speaker to our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards retreat. Her message of looking for mentors, working hard for what you want and knowing the value you bring to the world reached the entire audience, students and adults alike. Sharon was engaging and connected very well. After her speech multiple people personally thanked her for validating the importance of hard work and valuing yourself. We feel blessed to have had her share her story and her time with us

Tammy Sabinsky

“Speak for those who don’t feel they can speak for themselves.”

-Sharon Preszler