Today, we continue the conversation with a retired army Major turned leadership strategist and keynote speaker. Matina Jewell joined the army at only age 17 where she earned nine military service & war medals before medically retiring in the crossfire of the Lebanon War – where she was actually stationed nearby on a peacekeeping mission for the UN.
Her stories will astound you but mostly bc she actually lived to tell the tales. From fast-ropping out of helicopters to making deals with warlords in the Solomon Islands to breaking her back in 5 places and still continuing to lead a convoy to safety and then somehow flying home on a stretcher with her eyes only inches from the overhead lockers on a plane for over 26hrs…this woman continues to thrive and serve through all that!
After her enforced retirement from military service, she began to piece together the aspects of her journey that could help others – finding herself on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council as well as facilitating Corporate Teams to build their resilience. As the bestselling author of “Caught in the CrossFire”, she is a sought after keynote speaker.
Named as a Telstra Business Award Finalst, a CPA “Top 10 Australian Smart Thinker” and on the AFR 100 Women of Influence for 2018, you can see that she creates waves wherever she roams…
You ready to fast-rope down into this Matina and share some of your stories??
The Goods on Matina:
Major Matina Jewell grew up in the hinterland of Byron Bay and joined the Army at age 17. During her 15 year military career Matina:
· Served on five missions and earned nine military service & war medals
· Is the only Australian to receive two Republic of Lebanon war medals for acts of bravery on the battlefield and being wounded in combat
· Was the first woman in the Australian Army to complete the physically demanding Navy divers’ course
· Served with American Navy Seals
· Tracked-down war lords in the Solomon Islands
· Fast-roped from helicopters and boarded smuggler ships in the Arabian Gulf, and
· Was posted as a peacekeeper with the United Nations in Syria and Lebanon.
Medically retired from injuries sustained during the 2006 Lebanon War, Matina served on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council and continues to champion change for our injured war veterans.
Among her many honorary roles, Matina is a founding ambassador for Project Thankful, a movement partnered with the United Nations to help empower women and children globally.
Matina has been featured on the ABC’s Australian Story, is a best-selling author and now shares her unique insights on leadership and resilience with audiences around the word as a keynote speaker.
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