Oct 19, 2020
What does it take for women to succeed in a male-dominated world?
At age nineteen, Shannon Huffman Polson became the youngest woman ever to climb Denali, the highest mountain in North America. She went on to reach the summits of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro and spent more than a decade traveling the world. Yet it was during her experience serving as one of the Army’s first female attack helicopter pilots, and eventually leading an Apache flight platoon on deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina, that she learned the lessons of leadership that forever changed her life.
Where did these insights come from? From her own crucibles of experience—and from other women. In the The Grit Factor, Polson made it her mission to connect with an elite pack of tough, impressive female iconoclasts who shared with her their candid stories of combat and career. This slate of decorated leaders includes Heather Penney, one of the first female F-16 pilots, who was put on a suicide mission for 9/11; General Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general in the Army; Amy McGrath, the first female Marine to fly the F/A-18 in combat and many more.
These women led at the highest levels in the most complicated, challenging, and male-dominated organization in the world. Now when positive role models of women leading are needed as never before, Polson brings these voices together, sharing her own life lessons and theirs with storytelling flair, keen insight, and incisive analysis of current research.
Bio: Shannon Huffman Polson served as one of the first women to fly the Apache helicopter in the US Army. In addition to her military service, she is the founder of the Grit Institute and speaks frequently on topics related to leadership, courage, resilience, and grit.