About Deanna Wharwood – The Veteran’s Coach
My name is Deanna Wharwood. I am known as the Veterans Coach because I consult, mentor, train and coach active duty, veterans and military spouses who choose to transition from military life to their dream life either by getting a great job they love or starting their own small business. Unlike other coaches, consultants, mentors and trainers, I am a veteran who successfully transitioned from military life to a great job I loved and on to entrepreneurship. I lived within the military community for many years, first as a dependent daughter, then on active duty for over ten years and finally as a dependent wife.
As a dependent, I coached and mentored ”military brats” and military spouses showing them how to adjust successfully to military life. I showed them how to access special programs, find funds and helped them to address special needs.
On active duty, I led my team, found resources, trained personnel, streamlined operations, managed budgets and made decisions with far reaching consequences. I did my duty, I took care of my own and committed myself to the mission.
Then, I chose to “get out.” But I was still a military spouse. It wasn’t until 1998 that I really realized that I had never really been a civilian, I knew nothing of civilian life! And, that not only was I going through the transition but so was my family. I went from job to job, always getting itchy feet at the two to three year mark. While, I ended up making great money working in Real Estate Leasing, there was still something was missing. It was the sense of service.
Finally, I found what I thought was the best job ever especially for an old, multilingual Corpsman, I became the Manager of the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Houses at the National Naval Medical Center. When the war started, I realized that there was more to do to help military families transition and live their dream lives. They had worked so hard and sacrificed so much, they had more than earned it! I LOVED my job and loved being of service; however, there was still a ceiling on how much money I could make and still a lot of time away from my family.
While I have several degrees in business, I competed for and was awarded a seat in the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore Program and started my own cultural competency training business. For a couple of years, under the umbrella of that business, I helped military families transition and start their businesses. Finally, I sold the training business and began doing what I do now, full-time. I’ve had a BLAST doing it. In many ways, running your own business is like taking the best of your military experiences and putting them to good use.
We use a team approach. No one person is an expert at everything. So, I have compiled teams of some of the best minds, the top of their respective fields, please allow me to introduce the Teams here:
Team Phoenix: The phoenix is the universal symbol of re-birth and renewal. Team Phoenix specializes in helping military retirees to transition from military life to a job they love. The program is rather intensive, it begins with a 3 day retreat here at our Gulf Coast location and continues throughout the course of a year as an ongoing training and support program.
We connect you with real experts in the fields of change management, career transitions, wealth management, wealth creation, business etiquette, professional image, personal branding, communication styles and the actual “how-to’s and when to’s” of using your various VA benefits. Each participant walks away with real skills that they can apply to their new life as well as their best professional appearance, a professional set of resumes, cover letters and follow up materials for the job search and, if they choose, a complete business wardrobe tailored to their specific needs.
You’ve fought for the American dream, now it YOUR TURN to live it!
Through out the course of the year, participants receive more personalized training materials, information on job trends in their prospective industries, access to our exclusive Team Phoenix Support Group and the opportunity to connect with other experts in a variety of fields that can serve their unique needs.
Team Scorpion: The scorpion is a formidable foe, small, silent and deadly to its competition because of its innate ability to exploit its full potential. Streamlined, it can move fast in any direction necessary to capitalize on profitability! Team Scorpion coaches, consults and trains veterans and military spouses that are starting their own business. We stand with you as your consultants and coaches and can help you from the business visioning stage to getting to making your first 6-figures.
There are two levels of service.
Exceptional Entrepreneurs Program is a group coaching, consulting and training group with content delivered via the Internet through audio, video and articles. Each month, there is access to a private coaching call where the team and its members come together to address each members challenges and explore avenues for further profitability.
The Elite Entrepreneurs Program is a one-on one- program that begins with Deanna Wharwood coming to your location to assess your site, your business, your plans, your systems and your competition. Individual calls are scheduled where the entrepreneur can consult with the team regarding their specific issues. Finally, there are four retreat style mastermind events. All Elite clients participate as we create joint ventures, cross-promotions and more business for each other as a team.
We provide bullet-proof battle plans for your veteran owned small business success.
We help service members and their families transition from military life to their dream life either by getting a job they love or starting their own successful small business and how to have fun doing it! We show military veterans how to succeed. GUARANTEED