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Celebrating that 'can-do' attitude

By Rachel Landgraf, November 01, 2019



Stephanie Allen Airport Operations senior supervisor at Dulles International Airport (IAD), remembers when her eyes were opened to the aviation world.

"As a girl, I didn't know I could do any of this," she said. "Then in college, my friend gave me buddy passes and we went on a vacation. I decided this is the life for me. I started in customer service because there were not a lot of women on the ramp. As my career progressed, I was like, 'You know what, I can do ramp.' Now, there are a lot of women on the ramp."

Stephanie and hundreds of her fellow United female employees reiterated that can-do mantra this month, as we celebrated Girls in Aviation Day at a record number 14 stations across the system on October 2 and 5, welcoming more than 500 young girls to various events.

From sampling food and taking in a cart demo at Denver International Airport (DEN) to being captivated by a K-9 demonstration at Orlando International Airport (MCO), from networking with pilots and flight attendants at Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG) to getting a maintenance tour at Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and more, the girls, who all came from local nonprofit partners United partnered with in communities that normally don't have access to these hands-on opportunities, received a behind-the-scenes look of our operations and heard from women who hold various roles at United.

"It was really inspirational," said 12-year-old Annika who can be seen with fellow girls from the Aero Club of Washington in the video above enjoying their day at IAD. "They (female employees) explained to us how they felt when they first got into their careers when the majority was men. Now, it's really cool to see how many women are in this industry."

"It takes a village to make an airplane fly," said Deanna Ketterer, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport 767/757 First Officer. "The girls got to see parts of the operation I rely on every single time I do my job. For them to get any one of these careers, not just be a pilot, would be a win for United."

Domestically, all of United's hubs and MCO took part in celebrating along with San Diego International Airport (SAN). Internationally, London Heathrow (LHR) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) participated for the second year in a row, while Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG), Edinburgh (EDI) and Leonardo da Vinci International(FCO) hosted festivities for the first time. You can see photos of all the girls smiling, posing and practicing the various jobs in the photo gallery below.

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