Most entrepreneurs know that we need good stories for business: client testimonials, speaker biographies, and sales pitches are all stories. We fear the poorly-told story, the glazed look when we tell people what we do at networking events. We long to captivate people with what we have to say, and we run from presentations that bore us. At some level, we know that it’s all about the story. What most entrepreneurs do NOT know is how to tap into the secret power of story. Keli Chevalier, retired U.S. Army Major, spent two decades developing leadership skills under extreme pressure while serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. Keli’s recent retirement from the military has afforded her the opportunity of a lifetime—to continue service to others as a motivational speaker, head a non-profit organization dedicated to female Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and proud owner of Communication Couturist and WordSlay.com Creative Agency. Keli began her military career in 1994, when she entered basic training as a private first class at Ft. Leonardwood in Missouri. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Houston in Texas, she received her commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Logistics Corps.
Early in her career, Keli’s exceptional communication and leadership skill sets were recognized by her leadership. As a junior officer, she was hand selected to lead a small team of soldiers into Kosovo to run logistic operations for more than 3,000 combat troops during the Bosnian War. She also established The Island Knight, the first Army Newspaper on Okinawa. In 2003, before the start of the Iraq War, Keli was selected as the executive commanding officer of over 300 soldiers; this company deployed at the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was one of the first logistics companies to enter Iraq. Keli was promoted to Captain following this deployment. On her second and final tour to Iraq in 2009, Keli sustained a spinal injury when a car bomb exploded near her convoy which ultimately resulted in her premature retirement from the Army, just shy of 20 years of service. Having worked primarily as a public affairs officer for 1, 2, and 3 – star generals, Keli is very experienced in the art of leadership and influence. She is an eternal optimist determined to prove that anyone can attract the business they love through powerful personal stories. She believes that the worst thing that happens to you could also be the best thing that happens to if you just allow your adversity to be your new adventure. Keli is a Mom, Keynote Speaker, and Author of Get Up! Get Dressed! Get Out!, Observer, Fashion Curator, and Perspicacious-entrepreneur!
Keli helps people find their inner strengths and maintain grace under fire while challenging individuals to recognize and overcome their fears of saying or writing the wrong thing. Keli assists people in bringing the future into a crystal clear, well-articulated vision. Most importantly, she helps others recognize their self-worth so they can capitalize on the most valuable asset—their personality! Her philosophy of “There is a fun and simple way to have a YAY every day!™ will leave you with the confidence and encouragement you need to create your world with your word. You will be hanging on to every word of her talk while she takes you a rollercoaster of emotions and then teaches you how to accomplish the same in your marketing. Keli completed her Master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She is certified in Paul Ekman eMETT and eSETT facial expressions. She is also a John Maxwell certified public speaker and host of the talk radio show, Sisters Seriously! Keli has two incredibly handsome sons (Carlos and Nathaniel) and is married to Max Manlangit (a Jackie Chan look-alike). She resides in Houston, Texas and lives out loud every day! (Yeah! That’s me in a nut shell…)