Uncovering The Brave Within

Vunerable Stories from Female Impact Leaders
Written By: Nilaja Jendayi and Others
Coming July 2022
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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!

 
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TESTIMONIALS

"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."

 HELEN LEWIS / MANAGING EDITOR FOR THE COLORADO SPRINGS BUSINESS JOURNAL

 
upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Military Influencer Conference
    Wed, Oct 26
    Las Vegas
    Oct 26, 7:00 PM – Oct 29, 7:00 PM
    Las Vegas, 999 W Resorts World Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
    Our 2022 event will feature a supplier diversity tradeshow of military brands, the Mighty 25 Awards Gala, a three-day conference consisting of eight tracks, 100+ game-changing partners and thousands of attendees. MIC continues to be the hub for all things transition, entrepreneurship, social impact,
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  • Ahorita Salsa Bachata Social "Dress to Impress" Party!
    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
    Come dressed to impress for our December Ahorita Salsa Bachata Social!
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  • Fri, Dec 31
    Colorado Springs
    Dec 31, 9:00 PM MST – Jan 01, 2:00 AM MST
    Colorado Springs, 402 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA
    We will have a Cocktail Hour, Champagne Toast, and Tommy Timbal from Denver, Colorado playing the best Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha music!
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  • Thu, Nov 04
    Ent Center for the Arts
    Nov 04, 2021, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM MDT
    Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs
    A Woman of Influence is someone dedicated to effecting change in her community. This person has the tenacity to create a legacy. She has the strength to advocate and make a real difference.
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UNCOVERING THE BRAVE WITHIN: VULNERABLE STORIES FROM FEMALE IMPACT LEADERS
was designed to globally connect and inspire women around the world. The artwork on the cover will be created by an international award-winning female artist. All book royalties will go to a nonprofit that mentors our next generation of female creatives.