40103b_76dde86abf395996d0ac639153e5e2e0Networking for Veterans

Andrea R. Nierenberg, executive coach, search advisor and speaker is the force behind The Nierenberg Consulting Group. Called a “networking success story” by The Wall Street Journal, Andrea Nierenberg is founder and president of The Nierenberg Group, a sales and marketing consulting firm which focuses on teaching the communication skills that impact the bottom line—and create more business both new and retained.

With over 29 years as a leader in sales and marketing, Andrea is an in-demand business expert both at home and abroad. She is a master at helping individuals, associations and companies build their reputation, reach and success by improving relationships. Her company partners with an array of the world’s leading businesses in professional services, advertising, financial services and healthcare.
Andrea is the author of five business books—all of which have become essential reading for businesses worldwide:

• Nonstop Networking: How To Improve Your Life, Luck, and Career – top seller at Amazon.com

• Million Dollar Networking: The Sure Way to Find Grow and Keep Your Business – featured on Smart Money Magazine, The Toronto Sun and BBC Radio (London)

• Savvy Networking: 118 Fast & Effective Tips for Business Success

• Networking for College Students and Recent Graduates – sold in college bookstores across the country

• Networking for Veterans – is her latest work, co-authored with Mike Abrams, a Marine Captain and founder of Four Block, Inc., in 2012 to help the transition as our troops come home.

As a respected author and quoted expert, she’s been featured in the New York Times,
USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Andrea’s wealth of corporate experience make her a popular expert for television, including Time Warner’s Fortune Business Report, Fox News Chicago and PBS/The Business Channel.

Prior to establishing The Nierenberg Group in 1993, she was publisher and sales director of Target Marketing Magazine and served in “Corporate America” in sales and marketing for companies such as Macmillan Publishing, Avon Products, Saks Fifth Avenue and Ziff Davis Publishing.

Andrea has taught her business development courses to undergraduate and MBA students at the nation’s top educational institutions, including the University of Chicago, Washington University, and New York University. She is also active in numerous professional associations, including The Financial Women’s Association, the Rotary Club and Advertising Women of New York. She serves on the board for the Boy Scouts of America-Greater New York Councils. Several years ago, she was honored by Office Depot and the National Association for Female Executives as Business Woman of the Year and also received the Direct Marketing Association of New York’s Silver Apple Award for her longstanding dedication to the industry.

A native of Illinois and a longtime resident of New York City, Andrea graduated from
Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Business and Psychology.

Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army

Kayla Williams is a former sergeant and Arabic linguist in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). During her deployment to Iraq, Williams was at the forefront of troops’ interaction with Iraqis while also navigating the challenges of being part of the 15% of the Army that is female.

Kayla is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, a memoir about her experiences negotiating the changing demands on today’s military. Ms. Williams graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University, and earned an MA in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from American University.

She is a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans and a current Truman National Security Project Fellow and member of the Army Education Advisory Committee. Kayla currently lives near Washington, D.C. with her husband, a combat-wounded veteran, and their two children.

Book Description

Publication Date: September 17, 2006
“Brave, honest, and necessary.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR Seattle

Kayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller. With a voice that is “funny, frank and full of gritty details” (New York Daily News), she tells of enlisting under Clinton; of learning Arabic; of the sense of duty that fractured her relationships; of being surrounded by bravery and bigotry, sexism and fear; of seeing 9/11 on Al-Jazeera; and of knowing she would be going to war.

With a passion that makes her memoir “nearly impossible to put down” (Buffalo News) Williams shares the powerful gamut of her experiences in Iraq, from caring for a wounded civilian to aiming a rifle at a child. Angry at the bureaucracy and the conflicting messages of today’s military, Williams offers us “a raw, unadulterated look at war” (San Antonio Express News) and at the U.S. Army. And she gives us a woman’s story of empowerment and self-discovery.