Throughout Women's History Month in 2021, America's Warrior Partnership is highlighting the women veterans on staff. Kate Migliaro, Army veteran and Vice Chairwoman on our Board of Directors, discusses her leadership and experience as a women veteran.
1) Who or what inspired you to serve your country in the military?
I was fortunate to have incredible role models throughout life from the love of my parents who instilled in me an appreciation and gratitude for our country to three strong sisters who pushed me to raise the bar higher and do extraordinary things. Service to me is extraordinary and I feel blessed to have served with the brave men and women (including all of my sisters) of this country. There is no greater purpose then wearing our nation’s uniform and sacrificing on behalf of the freedoms we all enjoy.
2) What does Women’s History Month mean to you as a veteran?
Women’s History Month is a celebration of the women who have come before me and broke glass ceilings to pave the way for my generation and generations to come. Women have been serving in combat roles since the Revolutionary War -- braving the same hardships of inadequate food and housing. Women’s History Month is a recognition of that bravery, determination and selflessness to continue to elevate and recognition women’s accomplishments in the military and beyond.
3) Is there a specific event or accomplishment within your military service that you are most proud of?
I am extremely proud of my service; however, the accomplishment I am most proud of is following my service. I have had several Soldiers reach out to me and share how much they appreciated working with me. As a servant leader, it the the greatest compliment you can receive.
4) What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received, or what is your personal motto that has helped shape your life, both personally and professionally?
The best piece of advice I have ever received is “…it is not what you are doing in life, but who you are doing it for and with.” This has guided my career and opportunities for both personal and professional growth.
I have two personal motttos:
Leadership is a deep obligation to people. Leaders put the interest of the team above their own.
Karma is a b^&*%. Being a good human is a requirement and givers always get more back than takers.
5) How would you encourage others to honor Women’s History Month and the women veterans in their lives?
I would encourage others to honor women veterans during Women’s History Month by asking them to share their story. Women tend to be shyer than their male counterparts about sharing their experiences particularly those engaged in a combat environment. Give them an opportunity to open-up about their service experience.