What would be your advice to women looking to start their career in travel/aviation or change their career path?
“Learn, learn more and don’t ever think you’ve learned it all. I’m not talking about textbook learning; I’m talking about the industry. I’ve been in this industry a long time, but every day I learn more about the same things I thought I already knew. It’s like learning shapes as a child, you learn what a square is but as time goes on, you learn more and more about that square – but from different perspectives – allowing you to eventually see the multi-dimensional cube.
“Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo. This is the core of innovation and evolution. Also, be bold and speak up. I have been in far too many meetings where I was the only woman in the room – we need more women in travel technology. Being a woman among a collection of men means we bring different life experiences and perspectives to the table. I know how uncomfortable it can be to swim upstream and voice disagreement or a different perspective. But every person in a room brings unique experiences to the table that can shape a better path. There is ‘genius’ in each of us, so speak up so a collective genius can be harnessed.”