Dr. Ann Vertel

Hey there, I’m Ann Vertel


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

I’ve repelled out of a helicopter, facilitated leadership coaching and training to mid-grade and senior officers, and conducted international military protocol missions in almost every country in the Pacific rim.

After an equally long career as a motivational psychologist and business coach, I’ve learned a thing or two about how American women in business create more freedom in their work, their life, and everything in between.

Women like us are intelligent, informed, ambitious, and creative. We embrace personal excellence, character, integrity, and a strong merit-based work ethic.

We believe in personal responsibility, individual freedom, common sense, the free market, limited government, and the principles of faith, family, and freedom.

We have different types of businesses but we are united by our love for America and the opportunities this great country affords any citizen willing to work hard and go after their dreams.

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

Oh, and we might just be a little too attached to coffee, chocolate, good wine, and anything that’s considered wholesome because although many of us did all our stupid stuff before social media, we’ve come to embrace the things many people think of as corny because those are the things that really matter.

So if all that sounds good to you then welcome!

Whether you read my newsletter, listen to the podcast, or join one of my mastermind or coaching programs, you can count on me to encourage you to achieve that great American dream for you and your family.

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, gratitude for working with people of integrity, a love of freedom, and a deep-appreciation 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 entrepreneurs.

In a Nutshell

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

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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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