Aviation for Women

SEP-OCT 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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4 AviationforWomen S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 The Strength of Collaboration K E L L Y M U R P H Y M aybe it's an overused word, but collaboration sneaks into a lot of conversations, especial- ly in the workplace—"Let's meet and collaborate" or "Let's have an office configuration with collaborative workspaces," or maybe you "collaborate" with your family members or friends to come up with a solution to an issue. Recently, I read a simple definition of collaboration: two or more people working together toward shared goals. This includes three parts: two or more people (team); working together (processes); and toward shared goals (purpose). These leads me to say the WAI team continue to implement processes for the purpose of being the leading nonprofit association to connect, engage, and inspire our new and existing members around the world and across the span of aviation/aerospace opportunities. This summer the WAI magazine team met for two days to review our reader surveys, discuss our writing assignments, and map out our plans for 2019. It's this collaborative effort that helps us to bring both inspiring photos and valu- able information to our WAI members. We like to encourage young girls (and boys!) to see their aviation dreams come true, especially with our fourth annual International Girls in Aviation Day event on October 13, 2018, and we are passionate about providing networking, mentoring, and resources to our wide range of members— both women and men from early careers through to retirement. In this issue, we've delivered a little something to ponder for all our various age groups. There are more scholarships to read about on Page 16 with the application deadline coming soon on Novem- ber 12, 2018. If you are considering taking a chance on a new career path, read about these inter- esting women's journeys including our international helicopter pilot, CharloƩe Pedersen , who has spearheaded the tremendous growth of Luxaviation Helicopters as one of Europe's premier business aviation operators, the female team at Gulfstream who design luxurious, custom-made interiors for customers; and Elsa Henning 's career path in parachute engineering and design. We also give you a perspective of six women redefining their retirement years on Page 30. Whether a WAI scholarship changes your course in life—read about Janine Schwahn 's experience on Page 18—or balancing work and raising a family like KrisƟne Fallon on Page 48, WAI is here to provide some assistance. Why? Because we like to collaborate with our members, too! As always, feel free to reach out to me and share your ideas at kmurphy@wai.org. ✈ E D I T O R ' S L E T T E R We are passionate about providing networking, mentoring, and resources to our wide range of members— both women and men from early careers through to retirement. The WAI staf and volunteers were a great #OSH18 team. (L to R) Sue Coon, Stacey Jackson, Sandy Anderson, Jennifer Saddler Thomas, Molly MarƟn, Kerisa Citro, Kelly Murphy, Natalie Citro.

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