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. 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 Association of the United States Army, the National Career Development Association, the Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC), the Greater Huntsville Rotary, 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, 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