Jennifer C. Foxworthy was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. Once she graduated high school from William Penn Senior High in 1991, she embarked on a journey that would lead her into an illustrious career serving in the United States Navy. Jennifer served her country proudly for 21 years (September 23, 1991 to April 30, 2013) retiring as a Chief Petty Officer (E-7).
In the first four years of her Naval career, Jennifer was an Ocean Systems Technical Analyst (OTA). Her job entailed detecting, localizing and tracking enemy submarines. Wanting to try something different, she eventually signed up for and went through the Naval Aircrew Candidate training in Pensacola, Florida in 1995. One of her greatest accomplishments was being among the elite few to graduate from this school. Surprisingly, she was the first African American female in over five years to complete this training.
For over 14 years as an Aircrewman, she flew on three different platforms (E6-A, P-3, and EP-3), flew in combat missions in support of three wars (Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq), logged over 3700 flight hours and received four Air Medals. She also knocked down stereotypes by becoming the first African American female Aircrewman, the first African American Aircrewman in the enlisted ranks and the first female In-Flight Technician during her squadron tours.
Jennifer’s distinguished military career didn’t stop there. She changed her focus in the military from Active Duty warfare to Active Duty welfare and completed the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program School in Point Loma, California in 2010. In December 2011, she became a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADCI). She expertly managed over 119 drug and alcohol abuse/dependency cases, facilitated 212 hours of Early Education and Awareness classes and conducted 490 hours of therapy sessions that fostered successful drug and alcohol abuse/dependency recovery plans.
Jennifer reaped the rewards of working hard, helping others and being a role model. She earned numerous personal achievements and awards including Outstanding Military Person of the Year (an honor recognized by the Washington State Masons), 2007 Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Sea Sailor of the Year, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals as well as other unit and campaign awards. She also earned a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship as an Electronics Mechanic through the United States Department of Labor in May 2009.
Jennifer is excited about her second career choice as the proud Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspirationally Speaking, LLC where she is a powerful motivational speaker and prolific blogger of G.U.M.B.O (Greatness Unbounded Moving Beyond Ordinary). She is also the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Unstoppable You Ministries, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and social enterprise. Jennifer continues to make a positive impact as the event organizer and host of the Unstoppable You Conference, which has become a movement requested around the country. In addition, she is the published author of her first book titled Tomorrow My Sunshine Will Come: Memoirs of Women Who Survived Domestic Violence. Jennifer also added TV Show Host to her list of endeavors. Her show, Living Unshackled ON Purpose, provides insight and inspiration while giving a 360-degree perspective into the horrible epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault and everything in between. Not willing to shy away from challenges, Jennifer was added to a phenomenal list of corporate speakers to give professional development training to the College of Southern Maryland’s business clients.
Wanting to make an impact at the local, state, and national level, she is an active member of Women Veteran Speakers (WVS), Women Speakers Association (WSA), Concerned Black Women of Calvert County (CBW), a lifetime member of Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), and Toastmasters International’s Talk of The Town club President.
Believing that higher education is paramount, in March 2012, Jennifer received an Associate of Science in Business Administration Degree from Columbia College of Missouri and is an active Alumnus. She then went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications (2015) and Master’s in Management with a focus of Public Relations (2017), both degrees earned from the University of Maryland University College. Jennifer is currently in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Salisbury University.
Humbled and honored to be nominated, Jennifer was recognized as the Calvert County Commission for Women’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award in Business Leadership. She also was the recipient of the Columbia College of Missouri Alumni’s 2015 Jane Froman Courage Award, as well as, the 2015 Concerned Black Women’s Community Excellence Award.
Above all, Jennifer is living proof that dreams, passions, and goals are obtainable if you trust in God, surround yourself with positive people and put one foot in front of the other.
Some of Jennifer’s positive people include her wonderful husband, Thomas, a seven-year-old son, Noah, and her three stepchildren- Josh, Laura, and Matt. Jennifer and her family reside in southern Maryland.