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Dr. Ann Vertel

Hey there, I’m Ann

I’ve repelled out of a helicopter, been handcuffed to a barstool by the secret service (oh, the stories I could tell) and conducted international military protocol missions in almost every country in the pacific rim.

I love America and am proud, honored, and humbled to have served this great nation as a Naval Officer for 20 years.

After retiring, I built a successful business working with women who want to embrace the power of personal leadership so they can love what they do and earn what they’re worth.

I get to connect with, support, encourage and share everything I’ve learned with high-caliber women who believe in the American dream and feel like family.

I believe in building a business and life that includes a culture of encouragement steeped in integrity, character, merit, and values-based leadership.

For me, the key to success is to “take charge” – to take full responsibility for everything you think, say, and do so you can show up, step up, and live up to this one-and-only life you’ve been given.

Now, of course, it’s not all work around here 🙂

When I’m not working, you’ll find me walking the nearest beach with a hot cup of Hazelnut coffee (or an ice-cold beer), plotting world domination with my superhero gal-pals, traveling the country with my test-pilot husband, or reading “just one more” psychology book.

The “Official Stuff”


I had the honor of serving as a Naval Officer for 20 years, specializing in executive leadership development and military protocol.

It taught me the value of self-discipline, the appreciation for working with people of integrity, the love of freedom, and a deep-seated belief in fighting for independence and liberty.


My advanced degrees are in Human Behavior (Masters) and Psychology (Ph.D.)

I wrote my master’s thesis on personal vision and how it affects our intrinsic motivation.

This gave me a strong grasp of what motivates us to move forward, where we get stuck, and how to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs and results.

My doctoral research and dissertation established new ground in the development of key success factors, self-efficacy, and mindset in high-achieving women entrepreneurs.

In a Nutshell

I understand what makes talented women tick and can quickly help them live up to their highest potential in life, love, and work.

Ann has a tremendous ability to capture her audience using real-life examples that relate to leadership situations. She is a high-energy professional, and thought-provoking motivational speaker. I wouldn’t hesitate to have her talk to a group of my leaders again.

Jim Whalen

CEO, Hartzell

Ann has this gift of tapping into people and helping them be more than they thought they could be.
Edi Sowers

Executive Coach

Dr. Ann Vertel is a powerhouse of a woman. If I could grow up to be anything like her when I’m older, I would be honored!

Kristina Hoyer

Military Veteran

I am Tim McCain owner and President of Photolynx Inc. We are a software company, that serves several hundred other small businesses. 

Leading with confidence and compassion. I would highly recommend her. Her talk changed the way I work in my company!

Tim McCain

CEO Photolynx, Photolynx

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