Professional Experience

Paulette Risher is the owner of Learning for the Journey, LLC.  She is also twice retired, once as a civilian Organizational Psychologist with the United States Air Force Research Laboratory and once as a Major General (2-Star) in the United States Army with 34-years of active and reserve service, Paulette was the first woman to serve in U.S. Special Operations Command as a flag-officer. When she returned to active duty in 2002, Paulette served as the President of the Joint Special Operations University and the Director of U.S. Special Operations Command’s Center for Knowledge and Future (J7/J9). Upon leaving active duty, Paulette joined Booz Allen Hamilton and led their Organization, Strategy, and Learning team in Huntsville for three years. Subsequently, Paulette served as the Principal Director for Huntsville Operations for DigiFlight, Inc. a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned small business.

Today, Paulette serves as the President/CEO of Still Serving Veterans (SSV), a Huntsville-based non-profit. SSV's mission is to serve and honor Veterans and their families by empowering them to build meaningful lives through connections to fulfilling careers, benefits and services; and to proactively strengthen Veteran communities through leadership and collaboration. Prior to assuming the position of President/CEO, Paulette served as SSV's Chief Programs Officer for five years

Paulette is a lifelong learner. She holds a BS and MA in Psychology, as well as an MEd with a focus on workplace learning and educational technology. Paulette has completed the Fundamentals of Positive Psychology Certification Program from University of Pennsylvania and is a certified TrueColors facilitator. Paulette is a graduate of both the Army War College and the Air War College.

Paulette is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Positive Psychology Association, the Society of Military Psychologist, the Association of the United States Army, the National Career Development Association, the Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC), and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  Paulette serves as the Employment and Workforce Development Committee Chair of the Alabama Veterans Network (AlaVetNet), a Governor’s Commission challenged with building public-private partnerships to meet the needs of Alabama’s large Veteran population.  Paulette is an alumni of Leadership Huntsville Masters Class 7.  

Header Image: Okaloosa Island Florida by Paulette Risher