Breathing Under Water

Woman of Influence 2021
Nilaja Jendayi
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My Story

Hi! My name is Nilaja, but friends call me NiNi.  I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana but I spent most of my life in Indiana where I graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington. While at IU, I co-founded the Upsilon Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. with seven other women. After college, I met the Love of my life. He was an Active-Duty Soldier who has since retired. I joined the

military as an Officer in 2009. I deployed a couple of times and eventually went into the Reserves and gave birth to an amazing child named Justice. My husband and I are two veterans living with PTSD and our little family is in therapy every week. This is important because therapy has allowed us to be where we are today.

The military has taken us all over the U.S. however, we have settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado where we are extremely involved in the community. I am also the Diversity & Culture Taskforce Lead for Latisha Hardy Dance & Co., where I am a member of the Adult Semi-Pro Dance Team called Lady Bosses. In preparation for my partner leaving the Military, he started a company and asked me to become

the CEO since I graduated with my MBA in 2019. I now work for LiveRamp on their Customer Success Team.  While my Love runs operations for Geek Free Security LLC. We are an interracial couple, navigating life together.

I am passionate about unity and community.

Thank you for coming on this journey with me!

Press & Podcasts


"Montgomery is done with all that. After years of navigating trauma and suicide in the military and in her own family, she’s become a compelling advocate for raising awareness around PTSD and mental health among veterans. She’s written her first book, “Breathing Under Water,” about her experiences in combat, with trauma, and as the spouse of a special operations soldier, shining a light on the struggles soldiers face both on active duty and in adjusting to life after military service."


upcoming Events
Ahorita Salsa Bachata Social "Dress to Impress" Party!
Come dressed to impress for our December Ahorita Salsa Bachata Social!
Jan 15, 7:00 PM MST – Jan 16, 12:00 AM MST
Colorado Springs,
32 S Tejon St Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA
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