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Airport challenges young women to dream
By DeAllous Smith

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, Hartsfield-Jackson officials celebrated women’s achievements in the work force and hosted three leadership programs for more than 75 female students from Tri-Cities, Creekside and North Clayton high schools.  

Students took behind-the-scenes tours of the Airport and learned from successful businesswomen who participated in panel discussions and breakout mentoring sessions.

Myrna White, director of the Airport’s Office of Public Affairs, encouraged students to pursue internships and careers in fields about which they are passionate.

“Internships are great opportunities for students to achieve more exposure, education and experience,” she said. “It’s also a valuable resource that can help you prepare for tomorrow, starting today.” 

Typhanie Smith, a senior at Creekside High School, was impressed by the many aviation careers that contribute to Hartsfield-Jackson’s strong operational network.

“It was very exciting to be a part of today’s program,” she said. “I plan to be an airline pilot, so I really appreciate seeing everything that goes on in front of and behind the scenes to keep the Airport moving.”

Panel discussion during Women's History Month program

Myrna White (right), director of the Airport’s Office of Public Affairs, welcomes students from Creekside High School to the Women’s History Month program. Students also gained insights from a panel of successful women: Robin January (at table, from left), supervisory transportation security officer with the Transportation Security Administration; Nina Zieling, operations manager for Aldeasa Atlanta; Sonya Lee, customer service manager for Standard Parking; and Sally Detter, risk management director at Hartsfield-Jackson.

Typhanie Smith

Typhanie Smith, a senior at Creekside High School, said she plans to be a pilot and found the information about aviation careers enlightening.

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