Wow! What an incredible response we received since publishing. Words cannot describe how genuinely grateful I am for the overwhelming support and collaboration of these outstanding super stars. I’m so honored and blessed to be able to shine a light on all these truly and insanely talented women and to regognize their contritbution to the industry.
"There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women." - Malala
As Alessandra Testa said: “The next generation of female leaders who need mentors, role models, inspiration and need to raise awareness of the infinite opportunities this wonderful aviation industry can offer.”
And in effort to keep this momentum going, we have partnered with Leading Ladies Of… Aerospace to spotlight two of these amazing women each week. Mission: Crash through glass ceilings and accelerate the world’s transition to the new space economy.
To keep things interesting and also because I love surprises, we have randomized the list and will be going in that order.
This week I’m honoured to spotlight Jill Meyers! Driver of Good Things 🔹 Aviation & Aerospace Expert 🔹 Air Force Veteran 🔹 Professional Speaker, and a shining example of someone who has inspired and championed others in the industry for many years.
Keep reading to learn more about Jill!
Aviation & Aerospace Management Consultant, STEM Advocate & Mentor, Inspirational Speaker, and the Assistant & Constituent Services Director for New Mexico House Representative Day Hochman-Vigil.
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What I use LinkedIn for:
I use LinkedIn for several reasons. The first is to network and connect people to each other, which is so very important in my efforts to help others grow and succeed. The second is to share stories of amazing women in aviation and aerospace who can be strong role models for girls and women around the globe. Lastly, I use LinkedIn to keep up with new technological and business advancements in my industry.
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Who am I:
I am a person with several strong interests. I have been passionate about aviation since my first ride in a small airplane at the age of 12. I am a licensed pilot (since age 17), aerospace engineer, Air Force veteran, STEM advocate and mentor, and business leader.
I am a firm believer in Sally Ride’s quote: “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See”, which is why I spend so much of my volunteer time supporting organizations like Women in Aviation International, providing inspiration, education and mentorship to girls and women around the world.
I have also been a serious amateur photographer since my teenage years….something I don’t promote on LinkedIn as I try to separate personal and professional social media.
What I do:
After several decades working in corporate America, I started my own aviation management consulting business three years ago. I provide support to different types of organizations all over the world, only working for those who are trying to make a real difference.
I am also a keynote speaker with an inspiring presentation called “Shifting the Balance: Women in Aviation”, which inspires audiences of all types to connect with and follow their dreams.
Why you should follow me on Linkedin:
I hope people follow me on LinkedIn to be INSPIRED! With my unique background in aviation and aerospace, supporting both military and commercial aircraft, working for both large companies and small, and my work with non-profits, I have a wide span of interests and experiences to draw from.
I also have an amazing group of friends and colleagues from all around the world with great stories to tell and important messages to share. And because I am so passionate about inspiring girls and young women to consider STEM and aviation/aerospace careers, I share many opportunities like educational programs, scholarships, etc, that people may not know about otherwise.
Who I follow on Linkedin:
I follow different categories of people on LinkedIn for different reasons. I follow friends and former and current colleagues to keep up with and share their successes, such as Nicole Malachowski. Nicole was the first female USAF Thunderbird pilot, and we have known each other for 15 years. She has amazing experiences and insight and I follow her to be inspired, and to share her messages with others.
Another friend I follow is Kimberly Arcand, who works in astrophysics and is a “science communicator”. She shares incredible stories about her work that are so very unique in this world. I also follow leaders in aviation and aerospace like Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic, to keep up-to-date on his groundbreaking technology advances and brilliant business acumen.
My favourite or most successful post:
My most successful post was about a young woman I’ve been mentoring for several years named Serena Hart. I helped her get into the Navy and into a flight training spot, and after two years of intense training, she soloed in a jet for the first time around five months ago. The number of views as of today is 383,891.
Thank you for reading! Don’t forget to check out Top 62 Women in Aviation & Aerospace if you haven’t already (or again!). Follow or connect with each of them, and you never know — your next mentor could be one of them! Your success on LinkedIn starts with connecting with the right person at the right time. And now’s the perfect time to follow or connect with them!
Also stay tuned bi-weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays, for our next Spotlight feature! Plus also keep an eye for more great content coming soon.
Onwards and upwards. Higher further faster, baby!