Aviation for Women

MAR-APR 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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other, usually due to past experi- ence that can help a mentee get to where they want to go in their life, professionally and personally. There is usually always a degree of friendship there as well. Chr ystina continues t he men- toring tradition: I've been so in- credibly fortunate to have a num- ber of wonderful mentors I've met via WAI. Currently my squadron comma nder Lt. Col. Ja smin Si- lence has been mentoring me and a number of my colleagues. She is the first female commander I've ever had. She's filled with grace and poise, and always finds a way to balance taking care of people with accomplishing the mission. She's a mother and wife and gives practical advice on balancing all of that with being a military pilot. It's very em- powering to work for her and to watch her succeed in a ver y male-dominated environment. So proud of Carla: Her exceptional talent and promise continue to be recognized by our senior leaders at our base. She is incredi- bly wise beyond her years, and I love watching her hard work pro- duce incredible springboard opportunities! Our relationship in three words: Respect. Goal-oriented. Fun. ✈ Look for Super Mentors wearing these buttons at WAI2018. When you earn your aeronautical degree online, you can complete your flight training through one of more than 50 Part 141 Flight Training Affiliates. LEARN MORE AT FLYWITHLU.COM @LibertyUAeronautics NATIONWIDE FLIGHT TRAINING AFFILIATES Liberty is championing women in aviation. The school's all-female flight team, the Liberty Belles, competes annually in the four-day Air Race Classic. My mentor's best quality: Her compassion. Whether it's co- founding a WAI chapter in Iraq, mentoring others, or even taking care of her children, I've noticed her actions all come from a genuine place of compassion for others. Ever give your mentor advice? Yes, she asked for advice about an interview she was giving for the Air Force Acade- my. Since I am a public affairs officer, I have had training in giving interviews, so I was able to help her prepare. My relationship with my mentor: Mutual, supportive, per- sonal. It is one thing to have a mentor you can go to for ad- vice, but to have one that comes to you because they truly want to make sure you are set up for success is really mean- ingful, and that is Chrystina. I've found a good mentor and friend with whom I can share so much. She not only gives me advice on the Air Force and flying, but also on personal issues, and juggling the work/life balance. CHRYSTINA Why pick Carla to mentor? Carla works exceptionally hard at every - thing she does. I recall we were working on a Women's History Month STEM project together and she pulled an all-nighter to both finish her graduate schoolwork and ensure the event was a success. She has an incredible and contagious enthusiasm. Describe a mentor. A mentor is in a strategic position to help an-

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