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H-JAIA Sponsors First Women’s History Month Program
By Christopher Wall

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport hosted its first Women’s History Month program on March 29 at the Georgia International Convention Center. Approximately 200 guests participated in the salute to women in aviation celebration that focused on the integrity, honesty, innovation and service of women in aviation.

“Hartsfield-Jackson prides itself on building and maintaining strong community partnerships. This program brought aviation officials, employees and Airport area high school students together for a collaborative, mentoring and community-focused event they will not soon forget,” said Aviation General Manager Benjamin DeCosta.

In an effort to meet the Airport’s first Wildly Important Goal of increasing employee satisfaction, the first annual event was designed to recognize high-performing women who have careers in aviation and who help run the world’s busiest airport. The program also provided women an opportunity to mentor female students from Tri-Cities, North Clayton and South Atlanta high schools by allowing the students to ask questions and converse and interact with women working in the aviation field.

Under the theme “Dare to Dream,” high-ranking female aviation officials fielded questions about management in the workplace, their personal mission statements and what their jobs entail. The panelists discussed how effective communication is important in a male-dominated field, and they also shared aspects of their personal journeys that led them to their respective career achievements.

Panelists included Scarlet Pressley-Brown, Delta Air Lines’ general manager of Global Diversity and Community Affairs; Michele M. James, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, director, Port of Atlanta; Shelley Lamar, Aviation Community and Land Use Planning manager; Nedra Farrar-Luten, aviation director of Human Resources; Judy Graham-Weaver, AirTran Airways public relations manager, and Myrna M. White, director of the Department of Aviation Office of Public Affairs.

The celebration also consisted of giveaways from HMS Host and AirTran, vocal and string performances from Tri-Cities High School and closing remarks from Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta.

© 2007 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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H-JAIA Sponsors First Women’s History Month Program

H-JAIA sponsor's first women's history month program