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Dr. Venna Bishop



Venna Bishop learned the basic team-building concepts she brings to her audiences today while growing up on a Nebraska farm. At age 6, she fed milk cows. As a teenager, she was in charge of milking the cows. It was her farm upbringing and 4-H speaking contests that ignited her career as a team-building facilitator and professional speaker.


Motivating and inspiring others comes naturally for Venna.
It’s part of her DNA!

Whether the venue pertains to corporations like Northrop Grumman or a branch of Department of Defense, from universities to non-profits, Venna motivates teams to develop trust and respect for one another in a culture that demands commitment and productivity.


Varied background of experience:

Venna benefits from decades of involvement in sales, recruitment, training, facilitation, speaking and coaching entrepreneurial clients. She identifies with diverse areas of the USA having lived on both coasts, the Great Plains, and Texas. She currently resides in San Jose, California.


Unique career experiences:

Venna developed a unique niche by creating multiple careers from her volunteer activities. Her ‘surprise landing’ on Dr. Robert H. Schuller’s Hour of Power world-wide television program launched her most popular program title, “It’s Not How You Fly, It’s How You LAND !” Her commitment to perform as a ‘Flying Angel’ resulted in the creation of a sales career as a manufacturer representative in the wholesale gift industry long before angels were popular. She became known internationally as the “Angel lady rep.”

As an author, Venna was inspired to acknowledge individuals who had contributed to the success of their team. Her recent book “Behind the Scenes” was also the motivation for pursuing a doctorate degree focusing on communication. The book became an integral part of her dissertation and is the only historical and pictorial account of the teamwork involved. She also wrote the 1st and 2nd editions of “Glory Stories” and is a contributing author to “Stories from a Soldier’s Heart” and “Getting Along with Almost Anybody”.


Most satisfying accomplishment:

As a mother of two sons, Venna emphasized the importance of integrity and accepting responsibility and as a result both attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Venna’s son Brian (now a 2-star General), was later chosen as the Commander/Leader of the United States Air Force Thunderbird Flying Demonstration Team and continues to serve his country as a Major General. Venna’s son Tony lights up a team of cast members for the San Jose Opera and Symphony at the majestic California Theater.


Most thrilling adventure:

Venna has experienced many adventures in her life, but perhaps the most thrilling
was when she skydived with the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute team!

sky dive Ven & Sgt Mark Keeling0001

Professional affiliations and accomplishments:

– Frequent interview guest on the world-wide “Hour of Power” TV program.

– Featured in an ABC-TV Special “In search of Angels”, and has been a featured guest
on many radio talk shows in the USA and Canada.

– Member of the National Speakers Association and the Northern California Chapter.

– Advisory Board – Charitable Giving Foundation

– Volunteer – San Jose International Airport and San Jose Repertory Theater

– Hall of Fame 2006 – Arlington High School

– Doctorate of Ministry in communication 2010 – California Graduate School of Theology

– Women of Achievement 2001 – San Jose Mercury News and the Women’s Fund.

– James M Roche “Spirit of Volunteerism” Award presented by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,
an agency of the Department of Defense, (This award is given to less than 1% of their 7000 members)
emailContact Venna   408.725.8099



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