From battlefield to boardroom: Female veterans likely to succeed in business

Female veterans in business

A recent study by Indeed Economist shows that women who have served in the military are more likely to work in high-growth occupations than their civilian counterparts.

Our Madison Cavalchire wanted to see if this trend holds true in Central Georgia. She sat down with Mrs. Shon Barnwell, who retired from Robins Air Force Base in 2014.

Shon Barnwell served in the United States Air Force for 25 years and was eventually promoted to Chief Master Sergeant.

"I started off in logistics, and I ended up as a Superintendent of the Force Support Squadron at Robins Air Force Base," said Barnwell.

Service that she says prepared her for a post-military career by giving her confidence.

"So when you're at that rank, you are one percent of the entire listed force of the service, so often the only female in the room, typically the only African-American, and definitely the only African-American female in the room," said Barnwell.

Right after she retired from the Air Force in 2014, Barnwell started a business of her own -- an event planning business, Events of Excellence LLC.

"Being that diplomat if you will, that ambassador for your brand and your organization," Barnwell said. "That's easy."

Barnwell says the transition from service to business was smooth, but adjusting to life as an entrepreneur wasn't all easy.

"Typically you're the only person who's mapping something out, and you want to bounce something off of someone, but it's typically you, so you're hoping you're getting everything right," Barnwell said.

Once she got the hang of working solo she was able to map out her own successful career.

"Now you're in a position where you control that destiny and how you move, and it's liberating," Barnwell said.

Barnwell says her ultimate goal is to own a hospitality academy in Central Georgia and eventually an island with villas.


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