Col. Jill Morgenthaler, Ret.

  Image courtesy of the Associated Press.

Image courtesy of the Associated Press.

Leadership Expert

Retired Colonel Jill Morgenthaler is a woman of many firsts. She was in the Army's experimental class to test if women could lead men into combat. She was the first female company commander in the Army Security Agency Group Korea on the North Korea border. She was the first woman battalion commander in the 88th Division and the first woman brigade commander in the 84th Division. Morgenthaler was also the first woman to run homeland security for Illinois. In 1980, she spoiled a Soviet plot to kidnap a satellite engineer.

For her distinguished military service, Morgenthaler received the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

Morgenthaler is now an expert and speaker on leadership. Her book, The Courage to Take Command: Leadership Lessons from a Military Trailblazer, provides radical leadership insights from her three decades of military service, from her first days in ROTC to some of the world's most dangerous war zones, including Bosnia and Iraq.