Rear Admiral Ryan is the first women to rise from an enlisted rank to Admiral in the U. S. Coast Guard. During her career, she has served in 5 Commands including her role as Captain of 2 ships. She is the first woman to serve as the Military Advisory to the Secretary of Homeland Security and only the third woman in our nation’s history to serve as the Military Aide to the President of the United States. She retired last year, after 35 years of service. She is now an author and motivational speaker.
Her presentation was engaging and her message was both entertaining and motivational. She encouraged the group to adopt an attitude of gratitude, positive thinking and a "go for it" mentality through her POWER UP principles.