United Women: In her own words... - United Hub

In her own words...

By The Hub team, November 01, 2019

Amelia Earhart said,

"My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and for the women who may want to fly tomorrow's planes."

Earhart's words and actions have been an inspiration for generations of women hoping to fly. However, the aviation industry is still a male-dominated field so we asked some of United's women in charge to share their inspiration and the secrets to success in their own words.

Jill Kaplan

Hi! My name is Jill Kaplan.

I live in New York and my favorite part about working/playing here is everything!

I am the New York/New Jersey President at United Airlines.

I am most proud of raising two young women who, while not perfect, are smart, hardworking and ambitious as well as kindhearted, thoughtful and open-minded and have supported me taking risks in order to build my career and in turn support my family.

My great grandma was an entrepreneur in the auto industry and leader before her time. She was 4'10" and inspired me because she was fearless, tough, smart, hardworking, socially intuitive while also being kind, generous and cared deeply about her employees and customers.

The world needs more female leaders so that younger generations can be inspired to go out of their comfort zone and realize that there are no roadblocks in achieving your desired goal.

As a woman working in the aviation industry, time has been the greatest challenge for me because there is no shortage of opportunities to explore, issues to tackle, customers and employees to speak with, new initiatives to launch, community events to participate in and the list goes on and on …

My best advice for other women in aviation is to speak up, ask for what you want, be bold and never be afraid to question something you don't understand, don't agree with or [that] makes you uncomfortable.

Janet Lamkin

Hi! My name is Janet Lamkin.

I live in San Francisco, and my favorite part about working/playing here is the beauty of this remarkable city and the ability to walk through the neighborhoods.

I am the California President at United Airlines.

I am most proud of the fact that I didn't follow the advice of many and instead listened to my inner voice and took a different course than many of my friends after college. My husband and I traveled and lived abroad, and then we put one another through graduate school while the norm was to buy a house and start a family.

There are several famous women who have inspired me over the years, but my true inspiration comes from my local group of women leaders/friends who work hard every day determined to navigate their lives with grace, fairness, and compassion and to feel good about what they have done at the end of the day. There is a small group of us that connects on a regular basis to check in on jobs/family/life and we support one another in everything we do. Our tag name is Artemis. A Greek goddess who was very powerful and healing!

The world needs more female leaders so that different leadership styles can be highlighted and modeled.

As woman working in the aviation industry, I am excited to be in the world of travel. When I was 16 I traveled to Guadalajara and it changed by life. I was excited to explore different thoughts, cultures, etc. and it served as a strong motivation through school. Our industry has so many opportunities to bring the joy and value of travel to so many.


Sharon Grant

Hello! My name is Sharon T. Grant.

I live in Chicago, IL (USA), and my favorite part about working here is learning something brand new about the aviation industry every day.

My favorite part about playing here is it never gets old just hanging at the airport gazing at our planes taking off and landing.

I am the Vice-President, Chief Community Engagement Officer at United Airlines.

I am most proud of seeing the many colleagues I have managed take on new roles and leadership positions across the company.

Dr. Condoleezza Rice is a leader who inspires me because she was the first female African-American Secretary of State commanding the highest position of leadership responsible for guiding the relations of the US with the world. She embodies the utmost of power, dignity and grace.

The world needs more female leaders so that we can advance the pace of creativity and innovation. Until we close the gap of diversity in thought and action, we will not realize our fullest potential.

As a woman working in the aviation industry, balancing work and family has been the greatest challenge for me. Rising to this challenge has sharpened my strengths and I am grateful to have raised four children during my 26 years in the industry.

My best advice for other women in aviation is to take risks by pursuing various careers throughout your service in the industry. The aviation industry provides a rich and diverse spectrum of challenging fields, in many of which women are still largely underrepresented. The future of our growth and success is dependent on women owning a seat at every table of the organization. The future generation of women leaders is looking to you to keep paving the way.

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