Join the Ann Richards School Foundation as we welcome MJ Hegar for a special address to the Ann Richards School student body and our guests.
MJ Hegar is an Air Force veteran of three tours in Afghanistan, Purple Heart recipient and author of the best-selling memoir, Shoot Like A Girl.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Ann Richards School, 2206 Prather Lane
8:00 AM Breakfast in the library
9:00 AM Presentation featuring Ms. Hegar in the large gym
Major Mary Jennings Hegar was commissioned into the Air Force through ROTC at The University of Texas in 1999. She served on active duty as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer at Misawa Air Base, Japan, and Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri where she worked on the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the B-2 Stealth Bomber. In 2004, the Air National Guard selected her for pilot training. Upon completion of her training at the top of her class, she served three tours in Afghanistan flying Combat Search and Rescue as well as Medevac missions.
Between deployments to Afghanistan, Major Hegar flew marijuana eradication missions, wildfire suppression, evacuated survivors from hurricane-devastated cities, and rescued many civilians on civil Search and Rescue missions in California and out at sea. On July 29th, 2009, she was shot down on a Medevac mission near Kandahar. Major Hegar received the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device for her actions that “despite wounds to her arm and leg… saved the lives of all on board,” according to the award citation.
Major Hegar is the sixth woman in history to receive the DFC (Amelia Earhart was the first), and only the second to receive it with the Valor Device for heroism while flying in combat.
In 2012, Major Hegar filed suit against the Secretary of Defense (Hegar v. Panetta) asserting that the Combat Exclusion Policy was unconstitutional. In 2013, the Secretary of Defense repealed the policy. As a result of her work, MJ has been named one of Newsweek’s 125 Women of Impact for 2012, as well as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 (along with John Kerry, Pope Francis, Angela Merkel, and Malala Yousafzai.) She has been published in the Houston Chronicle and the Washington Post, and her bestselling book, Shoot Like a Girl, is being made into a move by TriStar Pictures starring Angelina Jolie.
Today, MJ lives in Round Rock, Texas, with her family and works as an executive coach, speaker, and consultant. She recently earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and still mentors cadets in UT’s Air Force ROTC.
The first Governor’s Council Breakfast on Thursday, February 16, 2017 featured speaker Jody Conradt, former University of Texas women’s basketball coach. Guests and students were treated to a special presentation from the Longhorn Legend.
Coach Conradt shared about being a good team member by communicating through listening first, being present, and making others perform better. Former Lady Longhorn and ARS teacher Coach Meg Brown introduced Coach Conradt, followed by an interview with juniors Maddy S. and Ebheni H.
For more details about becoming a Governor’s Council member please email Caitlin Gantt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Jody Conradt
Jody Conradt was nurtured by the small, West Texas town values of Goldthwaite (pop. 1,345), where her childhood memories revolved around community, family, friends and sports.
Her love was basketball. Her aspirations were to teach. Fortunately she resided in a state that prides itself on passion, opportunity and can-do attitude. Armed with those traits, a graceful, compassionate style, Texas-sharp wit and humor, and a desire to bring education and sport opportunities to young women, Conradt emerged as a visionary leader for women’s college basketball and women’s sports administration.
Educated at Baylor (B.S., M.S. in physical education), she first was a high school teacher and assistant girls basketball coach under legendary Waco Midway school administrator M.T. Rice. Under Rice, Conradt learned the value of fundamentals. Later, North Carolina’s Dean Smith and his Tar Heels’ run-and-jump full-court press inspired her eventual coaching style on the hardwood.
Conradt’s classroom eventually became a 16,000-seat arena at her beloved University of Texas after serving as coach at Sam Houston State (1969-73) and coach/women’s athletics director at UT-Arlington (1973-76). In 38 years as a collegiate head coach, Conradt’s players won 900 games. More important 99 percent of them graduated. Speak with her former student-athletes, and they agree on Conradt’s life lessons: integrity and team goals above all, work on self-discipline and organization, embrace diversity and tolerance, commit to honest and effective communication, maintain presence, and exhibit class.
As only the second woman ever inducted into the Springfield, Mass. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, Conradt is known as a pioneer, but also a durable, dynamic and ethical leader who gave credibility to her sport during 31 years as head coach with the Longhorns. Especially at Texas, Conradt showcased her female student-athletes, their speed and athleticism in a fast-breaking, run-and-shoot attack that lifted her players above the rim. With a full-out style that was unprecedented and unmatched during its time, Conradt led the 1985-86 Longhorns to a 34-0 record and national championship, the NCAA’s first perfect season in the sport.
From 1992-2001, Conradt served UT in a dual role as basketball coach and women’s athletics director. She continues to serve the University as a special assistant to women’s athletics.