Aviation for Women

MAR-APR 2016

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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to become of myself. As a 29-year-old I was a wife and new mother learning how to work full time passionately while making sure my new son was my priority. At the same time, my husband was in the middle of a lengthy furlough and our relationship was tested as my career climbed and his stalled. I was struggling to fnd time for myself to get back in shape or even sit down with a good book. Now, at the end of age 39, I enjoy the ins and outs of daily life with my 8- and 11-year- old sons and approaching 17 years of mar- r iage to a pretty great guy. My aviat ion career has continued to thrive and my hus- band is happily back fying for his airline, al- lowing our careers to ascend together—pun intended. Also, with the help of all three of my guys, I have even found time to not only read, but also to pursue my goal of running a full marathon 10 days before my 40th birth- day. Life certainly isn't perfect but it is pret- ty great and I can't wait to see where my 40s take me and my family! I want this story, my story—and your stories—to be the blueprints for the millennials in our lives. While we may not have had the advantage of a blueprint or a female men- tor to help us navigate aviation coupled with parenting and relationships, we do have the opportunity to share what we know. We have the opportu- nity to listen, cheer, mentor, relate. It's been happening to me for a few years now where young women are approaching me to not only ask about how I ascended in my career but also how my husband and I have made it work. It's been so fulflling for me to be one of the people they feel they can approach for counsel and advice. I'm a resource to them, which happens to be a pretty cool thing even if I am no longer cool. So if you are at the WAI conference this year and you are a Baby Boomer or Gen Xer please keep an eye out for the young pro- fessionals, the millennials, who will be all around you. Strike up conversations with them often and ask what they are seeking to do in aviation. Tell them about your career path, but also tell them about you, your fam- ilies, your babies, your relationships, your marathon training. Tell them about your own juggling act. You have a great story to tell and there are women who want to hear it. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joanne M. Damato, WAI 6829, is a mom, pilot, and director of operations and educational development for NBAA. Meet Jo at the WAI Young Professionals Reception, Friday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Water's Edge Marketplace at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. NEW BOOKS FROM SARAH BYRN RICKMAN WASP of the Ferry Command Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds The story of the woman ferry pilots who few more than 9 million miles for the Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command, in WWII. $29.95 hardcover | $23.96 e-book March 2016 UNTPress.unt.edu | 1-800-826- 8911 | bookorders@tamu.edu F i n d i n g D o r o t h y S c o t t L e t t e r s o f a W A S P P i l o t Scott's lively letters offer archival records of the day-to-day barracks life for one of the frst women to fy military aircraft during WWII. $24.95 hardcover | e-book available May 2016 www.ttupress.org | 800-832-4042 | ttup@ttu.edu

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