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Aviation professionals dare young women to dream
By Roishina C. Henderson

Hartsfield-Jackson wants to encourage young women to be fearless about their career aspirations.

In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, the Airport is hosting luncheons — with the theme “Dare to Dream” — designed to give female students access to positive role models in the aviation industry.

“The Department of Aviation values the contributions of its female leaders and believes that we all share a vested interest in preparing future leaders,” said Tracy Gilbert, Aviation special programs manager. “This program aims to provide young women with exposure to the myriad careers available to them.”

From March 26 to 31, students from Bethune Elementary School, North Clayton High School and Clayton State University will participate in Airport tours and mentoring luncheons that feature a panel of aviation professionals. The panelists will share their keys to success as well as insights about competing in a global market and examples of what a typical day holds for them.

School counselors selected 25 students, based on academic criteria, from each participating school to attend the luncheons. Eligible students also participated in an essay contest.

Inga Kennedy (center) of Planners for Environmental Quality speaks about expanding one’s horizons during the panel discussion at the 2009 Women’s History Month program. The other panelists were (from left) Dorothy Berry of HMSHost; Capt. Rachelle Jones, a pilot with Atlantic Southeast Airlines; Mary Lammers of the Department of Aviation; and Martha Williams of AirTran Airways.



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