INKY JOHNSON
Motivational Leader & Former College Football Player
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ABOUT INKY JOHNSON

Inky Johnson shares his dramatic story of overcoming hardship and life-threatening injury to inspire others who face their own daily challenges to live life with a greater purpose.

Inky Johnson is a former University of Tennessee defensive back who didn’t allow misfortune on the field stop him from pursuing a life of purpose. On September 9, 2006, the day started with a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. For Inky, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a career-ending injury, and nothing has been normal for him ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

As the survivor of an underprivileged past, you might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But he harnessed his inner fortitude and transformed what could have been a tragedy into a success story, which he shares in his book, ”Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance.”

Audiences are inspired by Inky’s relentless determination, which he imparts through his dramatic yet hope-filled story. His injury only served to amplify the inspirational life he’s been living all along.  Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky’s story affects people from within, at the core level, empowers audiences to embrace the challenges of life, and gives them the inspiration to accomplish what they otherwise have thought to be impossible.

INKY JOHNSON PROGRAMS & TOPICS

Overcoming Adversity: Faith and Perseverance

Inky Johnson shares his dramatic personal story of overcoming childhood hardship and a career-ending injury to inspire others to believe the impossible is achievable. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or success in life or career, Johnson’s message of faith and perseverance motivates us all to face our daily challenges head on, and to live life with a greater purpose. His journey will resonate with your audience at the core level, empowering them to embrace the challenges of life, while giving them the inspiration and resilience to accomplish their goals and bounce back from defeat.

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INKY JOHNSON BOOKS
INKY JOHNSON
Motivational Leader & Former College Football Player
TRAVELS FROM:

Georgia
KEYNOTE FEE:

$20,001 - $30,000

Keynote fee falls within this range. For exact fee, please contact us.
KEYNOTE VIDEOS
ABOUT INKY JOHNSON

Inky Johnson shares his dramatic story of overcoming hardship and life-threatening injury to inspire others who face their own daily challenges to live life with a greater purpose.

Inky Johnson is a former University of Tennessee defensive back who didn’t allow misfortune on the field stop him from pursuing a life of purpose. On September 9, 2006, the day started with a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. For Inky, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a career-ending injury, and nothing has been normal for him ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

As the survivor of an underprivileged past, you might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But he harnessed his inner fortitude and transformed what could have been a tragedy into a success story, which he shares in his book, Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance.

Audiences are inspired by Inky’s relentless determination, which he imparts through his dramatic yet hope-filled story. His injury only served to amplify the inspirational life he’s been living all along.  Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or perseverance, Inky’s story affects people from within, at the core level, empowers audiences to embrace the challenges of life, and gives them the inspiration to accomplish what they otherwise have thought to be impossible.

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While other high school students were practicing for their driver’s license, Nicole was accumulating flight time. She was sixteen years old when she took her first solo flight and from that point on there was no stopping her. While in high school, she joined the Civil Air Patrol and participated in Air Force Junior ROTC. Nicole’s professional story began when she earned her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. Following graduation, she attended Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Columbus AFB, MS and began her career as a pilot. Competitively selected to fly combat aircraft, she was among the first group of women to fly modern fighter aircraft. As a career pilot, she served in combat as an F-15E Flight Commander, Evaluator, Instructor Pilot and Flight Lead. Over her 21-year career, Nicole achieved the rating of Command Pilot with over 2,300 flight hours in six different Air Force aircraft. She was also selected to fly as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron – the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration squadron. Colonel Malachowski has served as a mission ready fighter pilot in three operational F-15E fighter squadrons and has flown over 188 combat hours, including her proudest moment as a fighter pilot: leading the first fighter formation to provide security for Iraq’s historic democratic elections in 2005.

On the ground, Nicole was a White House Fellow, class of 2008-2009, where she served on the Presidential Transition Support Team (PTST) while assigned to the U.S. General Services Administration. The White House Fellows Foundation and Association awarded Nicole the 2019 IMPACT Award for demonstrating both remarkable achievement and transformational contributions in her field, as well as a sustained commitment to the White House Fellows program. Nicole also served two high-level staff assignments at the Pentagon – one in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD P&R) as well as the Secretary of the Air Force Office of International Affairs (SAF/IA). She also served as the Executive Director of the White House’s national ‘Joining Forces’ initiative where she directly advised former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on all topics relating to service members, veterans, and military families to include employment, education, mental health, veterans’ homelessness and more.

Nicole’s operational F-15E assignments include two tours of duty at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom as well as one operational assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. She has also served alongside the United States Army 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea, as an Air Liaison Officer. During her second assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, she had the honor of commanding the 333rd Fighter Squadron, leading an elite cadre of F-15E Instructors in the training of the next generation of combat aviators. Further, she was responsible for resources totaling over $1.1B and the execution of a $119M annual flying hour program.

Nicole earned a Master of Arts, with honors, in National Security Policy from American Military University and a second Master of Arts, with highest distinction, in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. While there, she earned the Admiral Stephen B. Luce Award as the class honor graduate, the first Air Force officer in the history of the Naval War College to do so. Nicole has been recognized with several honors for her consistent contributions to community service. As Nicole continues to recover from her neurological tick-borne illness, she embraces any opportunity to educate others about her medical journey and gains energy from educating others about this growing epidemic. She is on the Board of Directors at the LivLyme Foundation and is a Patient Advisory Board Member of The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness.

Colonel Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.) was born in Santa Maria, CA and graduated high school in Las Vegas, NV. She and her husband Paul have twin children; son Garrick and daughter Norah. Paul is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former F-15E Evaluator Weapons Systems Officer.

INKY JOHNSON PROGRAMS & TOPICS
Overcoming Adversity: Faith and Perseverance
Inky Johnson shares his dramatic personal story of overcoming childhood hardship and a career-ending injury to inspire others to believe the impossible is achievable. Whether the topic is leadership, teamwork, or success in life or career, Johnson’s message of faith and perseverance motivates us all to face our daily challenges head on, and to live life with a greater purpose. His journey will resonate with your audience at the core level, empowering them to embrace the challenges of life, while giving them the inspiration and resilience to accomplish their goals and bounce back from defeat.

Request Availability for Inky Johnson

INKY JOHNSON BOOKS