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Self-defense From A Former

Woman International Protection Agent

What would you do if you felt physically or emotionally threatened in some way? Do you trust your ability to escape a dangerous situation without harm?  Would you remain calm and grounded, responding if needed in an appropriate way, or do you fear you’d panic—making a frightening situation worse? In our ever changing world we all need to manage our physical & mental self protection.

The ability to respond to danger and protect yourself both physically and mentally from violence and fear is a valuable life skill. Especially in these times of uncertainty, protest,  and unrest, simply knowing you have the tools to respond in the case of a physical or mental assault can bring peace of mind and boost your self-confidence—even if you never have to use them.

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The 9% Club: What It's Like Being A Woman In The Secret Service

I walked into... No, I barged into a historically male-dominated profession, law enforcement, and I did it at the highest level, as a United States Secret Service Special Agent.

I did this by choice. I expected there would be doubters, critics, chauvinists, and jackasses alike, and there were. But there were also men who were tremendous supporters, authentic cheerleaders, and firm believers that female agents were not only necessary in the Service, they were more than capable of doing the job. That being said, I learned early on to keep my head down, keep my nose clean, and do my job. Oh and never let them see you sweat. Ever.

Here are just a few of my many meaningful experiences on the job.

Mary Beth Janke on Being a Woman in the ‘Man’s World’ of the Secret Service

Mary Beth Wilkas Janke has gotten used to being called a trailblazer. She is the only female to have ever officially protected a foreign president outside of the United States. She has decades of experience in international executive protection, beginning with her time as a Special Agent in the Washington Field Office in the male-dominated world of the United States Secret Service. Today, women make up just 11 percent of special agents in the secret service.

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Mary Beth Wilkas Janke: The Protector

We hear from a former secret service agent who studied abnormal and forensic psychology. Mary Beth Wilkas Janke just published her memoir, The Protector: A Woman's Journey from the Secret Service to Guarding VIPS and Working in Some of the World's Most Dangerous Places. Janke shares her harrowing adventures around the world, along with some tips on how to stay calm in the middle of crisis.

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I Could Have Claimed Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace But Didn’t, and Lost the Job I Loved.

I was devastated to lose my dream job, but I wasn’t ready to give up that easily. I didn’t feel like I had any choice but to pursue this case, all the way to the end. I had done nothing illegal, I’d passed my polygraph, and after internal affairs spent hours grilling me, they had come up with nothing that would justify letting me go as an agent. If nothing else, I was not going to let the government intimidate me into backing down, crawling away, or giving up on myself or my dream. 

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Ramp Up Your Young Athlete's Workout

Around America and the world, team sports have been canceled, depriving kids of an anchor that most of them rely on for fun, socialization, fitness and a sense of accomplishment.

With these cancellations scheduled to continue for the foreseeable future, young athletes might find themselves feeling unmotivated to do much of anything, from completing their homework to getting their mile under 7 minutes, even if those things were once important to them. That’s normal; kids thrive on routine and challenge, and losing organized sports means those two structures are in short supply.

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Community Conversations, Florence, ORMary Beth Wilkas
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Mary Beth Wilkas Janke, Author, Former Secret Service Agent & Protection Specialist

Staying Fit & Working Out in Limited Spaces, with Author & Former Secret Service Agent, Mary Beth Wilkas Janke

Author and former Personal Protector and Secret Service Agent May Beth Wilkas Janke is Coop's guest and they discuss her new book, The Protector.

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Keeping Secrets with Mary Beth Wilkas Janke

Mary Beth Wilkas Janke is a master of staying calm and level-headed in the most daunting circumstances. A former US Secret Service Agent, Mary Beth has fought in life-or-death circumstances and executed high-speed defensive maneuvers in vehicles -- all the while maintaining enough cool to get the job done.

MARY BETH WILKAS JANKE KOGO-AM, San Diego
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Author of “The Protector : A Woman’s Journey from the Secret Service to Guarding VIP’s and Working in Some of the World’s Most Dangerous Places,” Mary Beth Janke

Once offered 500 cows as a dowry, her favorite Bush grandchild was Ellie, & would never return to Morocco. 

Author of “The Protector: A Woman’s Journey from the Secret Service to Guarding VIP’s and Working in Some of the World’s Most Dangerous Places,” Mary Beth Janke goes Beyond the Mic.

Mary Beth Wilkas Janke KXYL NewsTalk
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AGAINST ALL ODDS

In 1992, Mary Beth starting working her dream job for the Secret Service. But her life took a different path than expected shortly after.

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