Captain Martha LaGuardia-Kotite’s bold leadership style empowered her to be one of the first female officers to serve aboard two Coast Guard cutters with all-male crews and lead teams during numerous disasters for 29 years at sea and ashore.

A TEDx speaker and coach, Martha is an award-winning author of five books including the award-winning So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives, Defying Death and the acclaimed Changing the Rules of Engagement a collection of inspirational stories those in business or wanting to achieve a dream about women who changed the culture of the military and achieved their bigger dreams. She is writing her debut novel.


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