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January 9, 2018

Ontario City Council Announces 2018 State of the City Featured Speaker

The Ontario City Council is pleased to announce that the 2018 State of the City: Business Leadership Symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Ontario Convention Center.  Mark your calendar to attend the most important leadership and networking event in the Inland Empire.

This year’s theme, Leading The Way, will display how the City of Ontario continues to be the center of it all, while discussing topics on leadership, community, business, tourism, and infrastructure.  Ontario Officials will recap accomplishments and partnerships made over the year and will also give some insight on what to expect in the future.

The 2018 featured speaker is America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour.  FlyGirl will inspire attendees to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results within their organizations.  In conjunction with FlyGirl’s presentation, City Officials will discuss Ontario’s commitment to public service; enhancements made in various parks, residential and commercial neighborhoods; give updates on future developments and plans for the City; and show how the City continues to lead the way in making Ontario the most business-friendly City in Southern California.

You will not want to miss this event.  Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information and to register, please visit

About the City of Ontario
The City of Ontario is Leading The Way in creating urban lifestyle districts that generate sustainable places to live, work, play, and visit. Located just 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the City of Ontario is ideally situated as Southern California’s gateway. With three major interstates, two railroads and the Ontario International Airport, Ontario offers direct access from Los Angeles to the rest of California, and to North America. With approximately 170,000 residents and residential development on the rise, Ontario looks to double its population in the next 20 years, making it one of the 100 most populated Cities in the nation. Complementing its business and residential core, Ontario dazzles with its amenities such as the Ontario Convention Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena, and the Ontario Mills Mall.  To learn more about the City of Ontario, visit or call (909) 395-2000. 

About Ontario’s State of the City
The 2018 State of the City: Business Leadership Symposium will be held on March 28, 2018 at the Ontario Convention Center, located at 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, California 91764.  Registration and Pre‑Event Networking begins at 5 PM followed by the State of the City Program presented by the Ontario City Council with a featured speaker, promptly at 6 PM.  Following the State of the City Program there will be a Networking Forum. 

About Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour
Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years and became America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. As featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and others, FlyGirl’s fresh, edgy style, high, contagious energy and unique, gutsy essence jump off the stage, page and screen and moves people to action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make gutsy moves and create breakthrough results. 

Commanding corporate, STEM-centric and female executive and entrepreneur audiences across the globe, FlyGirl’s most requested keynotes, Zero to Breakthrough,TM One Mission, One Goal, One TeamTM and Get Gutsy. Live Gutsy!,TM deliver messages that resonate: “You have permission to Engage;” “Take off from where you are;” “We win or lose together;” and “In order to succeed you gotta ‘Get Gutsy!’”

A Tennessee native and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, FlyGirl holds two honorary doctorates, was a Diversity Liaison Officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps and is a member of the COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. She has received numerous awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was the Marine Corps’ first African American Female pilot, first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department’s motorcycle squad, a Camp Pendleton Female Athlete of the Year and two-time titleholder in their Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the women’s pro football team, the San Diego ‘Sunfire.’

FlyGirl’s first signature book, Zero to Breakthrough,TM was released in 2011.

FlyGirl is married and resides in the Atlanta, GA area. In 2015, she gave birth to “FlyBaby,” her gutsiest move yet!

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City of Ontario Press Contact: John Andrews, Economic Development Director
Phone Number: (909) 395-2242

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