Aviation has long been considered a male domain, but this is an increasingly outdated notion. Case in point: when we decided to shine the light on women in aviation through stories of some of the impressive female owners of our aircraft and our employees, it was difficult to only pick a few. So many deserve a giant spotlight on their accomplishments, for while it’s becoming easier for women to follow their dreams and ambitions, it certainly still takes extra effort and grit. This is especially true for women in leadership positions. As my colleague Jennifer Scotti says in our feature feature on women who are driving change within the aviation industry: we need more women in leadership, and we need to shout this from the rooftops.
I couldn’t agree more. And I’m thrilled that at Bombardier, we take this very seriously. When I was at a celebration for the graduates of an intensive program for women in leadership that Bombardier offers its brightest stars, I was thrilled to see it’s working. It was wonderful to see the participants' eyes light up during the ceremony, especially when our President and CEO Éric Martel told them that the future leader of Bombardier could very well be among them.
Understanding diversity and inclusion drives positive change. This is true for our company, which celebrated its 80th birthday in 2022 — an old company, sure, but bursting with youthful passion and enthusiasm of its diverse employees around the world! We also see this among our customers. I was lucky to interview two exceptional ones for our Crystal Vision and Leader of the Pack feature stories. Diana Langes-Swarovski graciously shared some of the lessons she lives by in life and business. I also spoke with Cathy Bissell, who is a beautiful example of what can be accomplished when your life’s calling and your job are one and the same. I hope that you will be inspired by the stories of the incredible, fierce women who own our aircraft and those who design or sell them.
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