Women of Aviation Week is about celebrating women’s accomplishments in aviation and inspiring others to construct the industry’s future. As we highlight the women that are our aerospace leaders, FreeFlight Systems is proud to encourage more women to join the industry.
Women deliver energy to the industry that facilitates equality and innovation, and FreeFlight is honored to provide an environment that encourages women to become industry leaders. Because of this, we would like to highlight the talented faces behind our team.
What brought you to work in aviation?
I have always had a love for design and airplanes. So being able to combine both my engineering background with aviation was certainly a dream come true. In 2011, my segue into aviation started with me working as a contract Project Manager with the United States Air Force. This later opened the door for an opportunity to work for an aircraft interiors manufacturer, and I joined the FreeFlight team five months ago.
What positive trait(s) do you feel women bring to the industry?
I believe women bring ingenuity, compassion, flexibility, strategic thought processes, active listening, and versatile leadership to this industry.
What would tell young females interested in joining the industry?
Trust in your abilities and talents and know that you are capable and equipped to succeed in this industry. The opportunities are limitless, and your presence and voice are needed as the industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
Do you have a female mentor or idol in the aviation industry?
I have been blessed to have some great women mentor me in this industry. One was a previous manager who hired me and introduced me to my aviation career, and the other is my current VP. Both are very driven and fearless women. I admire and value what they have accomplished in such a male-dominated field.
Do you have any inspiring lessons that you have learned about life while working in the aviation industry?
The biggest lesson that I have learned about life while working in this industry would be being open to change and never becoming complacent. Change is a good thing. It is inevitable, and it is often necessary in life. Change renders growth, and it has continually pushed me out of my comfort zones.
What’s your favorite thing about the industry?
My favorite thing about the industry is definitely the diversity of people and cultures from all over the world I get to meet and work with.
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