Shoot Like a Girl
One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front
Major MJ Hegar is a force to be reckoned with. While piloting her third tour of Afghanistan, she was shot down. Injured, and under heavy fire, Hegar and her crew still flew their hobbled aircraft to safety, conducting a near-impossible landing. She received a Purple Heart and a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, an honor awarded to only a handful of women. When her injuries barred her from flying, she fought a policy that excluded women from serving in ground combat—a historic victory for female military members. An incredible story—set to be a major motion picture—Hegar’s bravery inspires audiences to persevere through change, hardship, and any obstacles in their way.
“She has outsize charm, crazy grit, a terrific story and a knack for telling it. Her memoir, Shoot Like a Girl, with a front-cover blurb by John McCain, is in Hollywood development.”— The New York Times
In 2018, Hegar ran for Congress in Texas, and struck a meaningful chord across the nation. Beautifully depicted in her moving and wildly-viral campaign video, “Doors”—which Lin-Manuel Miranda called “the best political ad anyone’s ever seen”—Hegar told her story “about opening, pushing, and sometimes kicking through every door in my way.” In electrifying keynotes, she discusses the importance of teamwork as well as individual advocacy, highlighting the doors that each of us have in our paths—and how to open, push, or kick your way through. Hegar’s bestselling memoir, Shoot Like A Girl, is currently being adapted to a major motion picture.
Hegar is currently a Defense consultant with experience in Communications, Public Affairs, Media Relations, Healthcare, and Tech. She is on the Board of Directors at the Texas Advocacy Project, an organization that provides legal representation and advocacy for survivors of domestic abuse. Hegar has taught Communications at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, as well as at UT in the ROTC and Women’s Studies Departments. In 2015, she was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame, and in 2013, was named a Leading Global Thinker by Foreign Policy. Newsweek magazine listed MJ as one of 2012’s 125 Women of Impact.
“MJ was outstanding–her story was not only compelling but from the audience reaction, many found it inspiring and to take action to make a positive change to their lives. Very pleased we had the opportunity to have her as a speaker.”Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
“Your presentation was candid and inspiring. I appreciate all the hard work that went into planning your presentation and sharing your story. Our members really got a lot out of your message and were heard saying "this was the best keynote we have ever had." Thank you for making it memorable and impactful.”League of Oregon Cities
“Major Hegar was everything we could have hoped for and more. Engaging, professional, knowledgeable ... [she] maintained the perfect balance between seriousness and humor throughout her address.”University of Maryland School of Law
“You kept us all riveted with your story and storytelling skills, taking us from racing hearts to laughing and crying”Toastmasters Conference
“Your confidence, competence, planning, preparation and professionalism were all on display as you engaged our audience with ‘edge-of-the-seat’ stories sprinkled with your own unique ‘MJ brand’ of humor.”Metropolitan Breakfast Club Meeting