Professional Experience

Paulette Risher is the owner of Learning for the Journey, LLC.  She is also twice retired, once as an 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 command an Army Special Operations unit 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 Chief Programs Officer with Still Serving Veterans (SSV), a Huntsville-based non-profit dedicated to helping Veterans and their families successfully transition and integrate into the community and civilian work.  Paulette's primary focus is on assisting Veterans in finding meaningful work and assisting employers in welcoming and retaining Veterans as valued members of their workforce.  She also works to connect Veterans and their families with the benefits they have earned and the community support they deserve.  Additionally, Paulette manages a generous grant from the Call of Duty Endowment.   This is work of the heart and the head. 

Paulette is a lifelong learner. In 2012 she completed a Master’s in Education with a specialization in adult workplace learning and educational technology and in 2014 completed a certification program in Web Design with the Sessions College for Professional Design,.  In 2016, Paulette became a certified True Colors facilitator.  Paulette also holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.  Paulette is a graduate of both the Army War College and the Air War College.

Paulette is a member of the American Psychological Association,  Association of the United States Army, the National Career Development Association, the Association for Talent Development,  the Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC),and the National Defense Industrial Association.  She is also a member of Women in Defense (WID) and was awarded their national 2015 Service to the Flag Award.  Paulette serves as the Employment Committee Co-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 and she also serves on the Alabama Small Business Advisory Commission.  Paulette is an alumni of Leadership Huntsville Masters Class 7.  

Header Image: Yellowstone National Park by Paulette Risher