Twyla Garrett is an extraordinary serial entrepreneur, corporate speaker, and compelling author who has been personally invited to speak at The White House on the issues of creating jobs, economic growth and the controversial fiscal cliff of 2012. Garrett is known for her notable (sometimes 100% self-funded) business deals as much as she is for providing excellent opportunities to individuals facing immense challenges. Ms. Garrett is an executive consultant to federal, state and local emergency management and homeland security programs nationwide. Her operational experience dates to Tropical Storm Isabel field response operations in 2003 and has continued for 10 years in direct or indirect support as a consultant to government. She managed national level preparedness and response programs at the Senior Executive Service level for eight years. Ms. Garrett has extensive hands-on experience in all facets of civil and military contingency planning at the federal and non-federal level.