Military Woman of the Month : Ariel Shivers-McGrew


Ariel Shivers-McGrew is the Associate Director, Veterans Programs/Director, Women Vetrepreneurship Program who works with Veterans of all eras, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard and military family members to start or grow a small business. 

Ariel believes those who have served adapt fast, possess a great deal of patience, learn quickly and can execute commands in a professional and timely manner with the ability to understand the importance of being firm and flexible when dealing with members of the community to achieve desired results.

Ariel is a 9 year careerist in the United States Army Reserves, an EOL (Equal Opportunity Liaison), a DARN (duty appointed reenlistment NCO), ASISTer (applied suicide intervention skills trained), paratrooper (Airborne!), and former 2.5 year-DoD Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program Lead Career Counselor. Ariel has significant experience in the fields of community outreach, youth development and non-profit programming within mentoring programs, tutorial settings and educational environments via volunteer organizations; AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps VISTA, Boys & Girls Club, Saluki Kids Academy, Project Y.E.S (Youth Empowerment Services), 4-H etc., and relative subsidiary experience in the field of Marketing as a Brand Ambassador and Promotional Model; Speaking on Women’s Health Conference, F.I.R.S.T Kids, NASCAR, etc. She is the author of two young adult fiction novels (Original Compositions by a Girl Named Nicky and Deeper Meanings by a Girl Named Nicky), a 2008 Youth Ambassador for Peace nominee and recipient, former Miss Black Utah 2010 Delegate at Large, an official Semi-Finalist for Miss Veteran America 2017, and general member of the Illinois Veteran Advisory Council.

Ariel is a certified nonprofit management and leadership professional, event designer and event planner, and GrowthWheel trained business advisor, not to mention a qualified mental health professional.

Ariel holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of San Diego and Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

  • Jonnia Jackson

    You certainly are a Woman of Substance! The depth of your experience and education and life travels is purely amazing amd admirable. You are a true inspiration for perseverance and determination. You know what you want and you just go after it. Always giving back and extending yourself to be a genuine blessing to others. I Love it! Your an outstanding role model, Mother, business woman and friend. I am so proud of you. Congrats on a recognition that is well deserved.

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