From growing up in the South in the 60's, to rising up in the United States Air Force and retiring after 31 years, and continuing to give to his community by helping develop younger leaders in communities like Sumter, SC.

Lefford Fate shares some amazing lessons through his story. The combination of Lefford Fate's 31 years leading in the military, and being both Napoleon Hill and John Maxwell certified, there is something inspirational for everyone.

Beyond the "how-to" Lefford Fate shares amazing insight into:

- Opportunities for military veterans

- How veterans can leverage their experiences to build their careers

- What it was like growing up in the South in the 60's to joining the USAF

- How you can help a community grow and prosper

- And ultimately building a mission for your life whether you are getting out of the military and unsure of what to do, or whether you are looking for an ounce of inspiration


Lefford Fate is the founder and President of It’s Your Fate Coaching Company.  Fate is certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth with the John Maxwell Team and the Napoleon Hill Foundation. Professionally he has mentored and served thousands of people.    


A great leader once said, the two greatest days in a person's life are the day he or she was born and the day he or she discovers why they were born. He believes there is a "why" for everyone; that each of us was created with the potential to achieve greatness, to make a difference in the world, to add value to others, and as a result, experience a full and rewarding life. For over 30 years, Lefford’s purpose was to defend our nation, and now that purpose is helping people discover their life’s purpose and grow to their full potential.  In this endeavor he has written 4 books and co-authored “Success Starts Today” with Jack Canfield. Fate also gave a TEDx Talk on “Correcting Correction: Why I am In Prison” that has garnered over 550,000 views.


In August 2012, he retired from active duty in the United States Air Force, after over 30 years of service.  Prior to retiring Fate served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, where he was an executive advisor to the Wing Commander and the installation’s senior enlisted leader.  He was responsible for the training, professional development of 8,500+ military personnel and the morale, and welfare over 31,000 families and retirees at the nation’s largest F-16 combat fighter wing in the Combatant Air Forces.


Since retiring from the military, he served as the Mental Health the Program Director  at Prisma-Tuomey Hospital in Sumter, South Carolina, the Deputy Director for Health Services for the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and now serves as the Director of Support Services for the City of Sumter, South Carolina.


A native of Georgia, Fate holds a Master’s Degree in Human Relations and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Psychology. He is committed to modeling his core values of Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all he does.  Additionally, he is married to Jody and they have four wonderful children and three beautiful grandchildren.


He is hosting an event to get veterans on their feet and moving forward in their careers as well.

Military veterans and other organizations looking for leadership training or speakers can reach out to Lefford Fate at

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