I had always thought I would grow up to be an Airline Pilot.
I earned a degree in Aeronautical Science and a few years later I was at the controls of a fifty-seat regional jet. I realized, however, I would be performing the same job on the day I retire as I did my first day. While I love flying airplanes, I like it more as a hobby than a profession. Frankly, I was bored and wanted an opportunity to have a greater impact.
I accepted a position as the Manager of Government Affairs with the world’s largest aviation advocacy organization. I provided analysis, education, and advocacy to members & regulators. I positively impacted the industry by serving in multiple leadership roles on many FAA and industry committees. Seeking to improve my management and leadership abilities, I earned an MBA and began to teach as an adjunct professor at local colleges.
More recently, I managed the training program for over 400 pilots at a rapidly-growing regional airline in the northeast. With responsibility for program and curriculum management, I led multiple project teams and played an integral role in training and professional development.
In 2016, I began work towards a PhD in Organization Development where my research is focused on the identification and development of high-potential employees.