Tyneka Howard started her military career at 19, and
last fall, retired after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.
During her tenure, she spent most of her time guiding, mentoring,
directing, and leading airmen, both men and women. In the last few
years of her military career, she would meet young female soldiers
who looked at her as a mentor and someone they aspired to be –
confident, assertive, and successful. The majority of women felt
misplaced and unsure if they had made the right decision in joining
the armed forces. Navigating within a male-dominated organization
was oftentimes quite challenging so Howard would adopt’ several
ladies and mentor them on how to effectively adapt to military
The veteran grew up a preacher’s kid, a lifestyle
that presented her with a strong foundation and an environment that
others may not always experience.
Howard proved to be the latter. And her peers
apparently saw that leadership quality in her. As she approached
the last five years of her military tenure she began mentoring high
school students, mainly girls, who were facing real challenges that
she was unaware of.
“I would just go in with a servant heart and want to
work with people. It didn’t matter who it was, it was just where I
was supposed to be,” she shares. A lightbulb went off in
Howard’s head with the realization that there was a huge void in
the community and help was needed to guide the younger generation.
Howard looks youthful and she feels that contributed to young women
seeking her out for advice. She attests that her youthful look is
achieved by living a stress free life.
Last year, the Martinsville, VA native sought to
start her organization, Lead(H)er under her parent company H2G
Leadership Group, which stands for Howard 2nd Generation. Lead(H)er
focuses on Faith, Fitness, Relationships, and Career. This summer
she plans to host more workshops and social media live events for
her clients and those she hopes to attract. She’s also planning to
increase her website and blog posts to grow her following and reach
This year Howard plans to also incorporate families
into her organization's structure. Focusing on communication within
the family unit can aid in building the foundation that the younger
members need. Within her own family unit, her 13 year old son has
taught her how much different boys and girls tend to communicate.
“My son is quiet and calm. I can tell him something and he’s okay.
He’s easy with lots of patience.” Studies show that girls tend to
have more words in their vocabulary by a certain age and tend to
react to news differently.
She simultaneously started the corporate side of her
business that handles communications and marketing for companies
and how they can better communicate with their employees and
Continuing her quest to bridge the gap and network with other
ladies to bring the second generation along and add value to their
lives is at the forefront of Howards mind. At the rate she’s
moving, it seems that she’ll accomplish that goal in no time.
To learn more about Tyneka Howard, please contact
her directly at 202-709-6447. You may also visit her website at
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