mika hunter

Air Force Veteran

Mika Hunter


Brewton, AL


Winter 2018

Favorite Baked Goods

Carrot Cake

A native of Brewton, Alabama, Mika entered the military upon graduation from high school. She worked in the Air Force’s first CV-22 (Osprey) unit as it transitioned from a test organization to a functional air operational unit. She was involved in creating aviation management tools used in the United States and foreign countries for all other V-22 organizations that followed. She also spent time in the military teaching leadership for Air University, and has experience in organizational growth, organizational improvement, and change management.  

After serving as a military instructor and seeing first-hand the challenges women face during their military career, Mika found her passion for calling attention to these issues and working to help women overcome them. She started her own business, Female Defender, to assist navigating women in uniform to success.

Mika is on the Forbes Coaches Council as a leading coach in the country. She is a member of the Forbes Women Forum and a contributor to Forbes.com on the topics of women's leadership, leadership, and organizational development and is often requested to discuss entrepreneurship. She was recently highlighted for work as a coach by Mansueto Ventures (parent company of Fast Company & Inc Magazine) in 2019 & 2020.

As an entrepreneur, Mika creates leadership coaching programs for groups & individuals. She created a program called 40 Days of Influence. You can find out more about her business here: https://femaledefender.blog/

Her favorite baked good is carrot cake.

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