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Girls in Aviation

Girls can soar in aviation

By The Hub team, September 23, 2016

Since 1990, Women in Aviation International has been encouraging women of all ages to think about a career in aviation. In recent years, the nonprofit organization thought of a way for girls around the globe to get involved by creating Girls in Aviation Day. This day takes place on September 24 and is meant to inspire young girls to pursue careers in all aviation fields. To celebrate, our Chicago and San Francisco hub airports will be hosting girls interested in aviation from various programs — they'll get to participate in a tour of the airport and a panel discussion with female employees at United.

Whether you aspire to work in the aviation industry or you're merely interested in it, Girls in Aviation Day is a great way to learn more about the field, as well as the many opportunities available to women. Meet three of the young girls attending Saturday's events.

Nicole Baird with Pilot Father

Meet Nicole

Nicole Baird has grown up around the aviation industry for most of her life, due in large part to her dad working as a pilot for United. As a result, she has found an interest in aircraft including their history, which can be seen in her enthusiasm for her dad's WWII plane that she often gets to fly in. She is currently a senior in high school and plans to study aerospace engineering in the future. With this expertise she intends to acquire her private pilot's license in hopes of becoming an astronaut. Knowing her career goals, Nicole hopes to gain advice and insights into the industry at the events she'll be participating in during Girls in Aviation Day.

Praise Wright

Meet Praise

Like Nicole, aviation is in Praise Wright's blood. Her mom currently works in the industry and her uncle used to fly in the Air Force. So it's no surprise that Praise, who is currently a sophomore in high school, is interested in a career in aviation. Interested in aeronautical engineering, she is hopeful that her interests will lead to an education around flying and maintaining aircraft. Praise is determined to follow her dreams and looks forward to learning what it takes to become a pilot, in addition to all of the other careers available to her in the aviation industry.

Amaria Winfield

Finally, meet Amaria

Identifying exactly which area in the aviation industry is right for you isn't always the easiest. This is the case for Amaria Winfield, a senior in high school. Nonetheless, she is excited to learn more and discover which aspect of aviation is the best fit for her. With no prior background, she still realizes that transportation, especially flight, is a major part of our lives. Amaria finds flying fascinating and has had nothing but wonderful experiences in the air. Eager to learn more, she believes the events taking place on Saturday will help to advance her understanding of this nonstop industry.

Even though all three of the girls above have different aspirations, they all have a common bond in their fascination with the aviation industry. At United, being a woman in aviation does not limit you to certain areas or roles within the field. There are so many different jobs in this industry that any woman can pursue. Girls in Aviation Day creates opportunities for young girls to understand the industry and all of the careers it has to offer.

Girls in Aviation Day Events

Girls in Aviation Day events on September 24th were a natural success. These events were hosted by uIMPACT, our women's business resource group, at ORD and SFO on Saturday. All of the girls participating were full of questions about the countless career opportunities available in aviation and were able to talk with employees about their job on a day to day basis. In addition to meeting a variety of female employees at United, the girls were able to tour the airport, as well as a Boeing 777.

Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

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