Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 2018

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38 AviationforWomen J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 Creating Future Leaders A L I S O N C H A M B E R S W ith its first female director gener- al appointed in the history of the organization, the European Re- gions Airline Association (ER A A) welcomed Montserrat Barriga to its U.K.-based team on November 1, 2017. Montserrat previously worked for ER A member Binter of Spain where she was director, internation- al development and industry affairs. Representing the voice of Euro- pean aviation, ER A is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1980, embracing a membership of 53 air- lines and 148 service providers in- cluding airframe and engine manufacturers, airports, suppliers, and service providers from all over Europe. One of the highlights of its annual three-day general assembly in Athens, Greece, was a pan- el discussion focused on leadership and inspira- tion. Moderated by Joanna Kolatsis, partner of Hill Dickinson, based in London, Joanna asked for insights and commentary from three other female executives including Johanna a Bergi, chief executive officer of Atlantic Airways in the Faroe Islands; Maria Della Posta, senior vice pres- ident of Pratt & Whitney Canada in Montreal; and Nikki Karagkoule Karageorgou, vice pres- ident of Sk y Ex pre ss based in Athens. A l l f o u r p a n e l i s t s shared their thought- providing observations on leading and inspir- ing t he dyna mic avi- a t i o n i n d u s t r y, a n d explored how companies can proactively lead their businesses in the future. They covered a wide variety of topics during their panel discussion including diversity in the workforce, and how environmental issues, arti- ficial intelligence, and Brexit will affect future company decisions. All agreed there are numerous opportunities right now to get involved in the aviation indus- try, and companies should engage with today's workforce to inspire and ensure a steady flow of employees well into the future. As an example, Maria noted that P&WC has a mandate to de- sign and develop new engines as well as to ser- vice them. "These opportunities are around the globe, and they encourage people to grow," she said. "We need to get the most out of peo- ple no m at t er wh at gener at ion , a nd we should not under sell those opportunities." On the subject of di- versity and millenni- als in the workforce, Maria noted there is g r e a t n e s s i n e v e r y generation, and Nikki added, "You'll have to find talent in more diverse groups and help them suc- ceed. You'll never be successful if you don't have successful teams." The panelists also discussed an ER A mem- bership poll asking what is the biggest issue fac- ing European aviation in the next decade. Most agreed that ATC congestion and capacity was of highest concern with a tie for second includ- ing Brexit, competition, and consolidation. The third concerns were also tied with environment issues/taxes and congested marketplace. Joanna added that the known and unknown aspects of Brexit are very much a concern for all of Europe. The pa nel also excha nged idea s on a sec- ond question to ER A members: W hy is there not enough gender diversity in the business? Thoughts included limited flexible working ar- rangements, workload, and dynamics sacrific- ing family life; too much traveling involved; and maternity leave still has a cost impact on quali- fications for pilots. You can view a video of this session on the WAI YouTube channel under Leadership Panel 1 and 2. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alison Chambers, WAI 75257, is the founder of Emerald Media Limited (www.EmeraldMedia. co.uk) based in Surrey, England. She has cov- ered the aviation industry as a journalist and public relations professional for decades, focus- ing on GA, business aviation, and commercial air transport, and organizes conferences on niche topics including single-engine turboprops. ✈ "You'll have to find talent in more diverse groups and help them succeed. You'll never be successful if you don't have successful teams." I N T E R N A T I O N A L F O C U S Montserrat Barriga

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