About the Show

Using the Arts To Heal! Join us on Women Lead Radio as Melissa Washington, your host of Women Veterans in Business, has a conversation with Lisa Firmin, CEO/Founder of Carrington Firmin LLC, about her 30 years as a leader in the military, in combat and 12 years as a leader in higher education. Lisa will share how she uses writing and speaking to heal.

About Your Guest

Colonel Lisa “La Coronela” Carrington Firmin retired from the USAF as its most senior Latina officer. A speaker, writer, poet, advocate, and Bronze Star-decorated combat veteran. Founder of Carrington Firmin LLC, she writes and provides consulting services in Leadership, Veterans, Transitions, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Diversity/Inclusion. Her poetry provides intimate reflection into the invisible wounds of MST, PTSD, trauma, hardship, and combat. Author of Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield (April 2022). Author of A Latina Warrior’s Journey, a collection of poems, prose and art, projected for publication in November 2023.

Founder of The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs and the UTSA Top Scholar program

About Your Host

Melissa A. Washington is your host for Women Veterans in Business showcasing women veteran entrepreneurs.   Tune in to learn more about these women warriors and their businesses.

Melissa is an award-winning advocate, speaker, author, entrepreneur, CEO, publisher, and proud Navy veteran who wears many hats. Yet woven throughout her diverse pursuits is a mission of service—and a passion to empower her fellow women veterans.

Sponsor Appreciation!

Thank you to our partner and show sponsor, Microsoft!



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