Q&A with Dr. Christine Izuakor - United Hub

Q&A with Dr. Christine Izuakor

By The Hub team, March 06, 2018

United's Dr. Christine Izuakor laughing

In honor of Women's History Month, we are sharing stories of the inspired and strong women of United, like Dr. Christine Izuakor. Christine, Senior Manager – Global Security Strategy and Awareness, teaches and inspires our global workforce to be security-savvy at work and at home.

1. Who is a woman who has inspired you?

So many women have inspired me in different ways. Instead of picking one role model to look up to, I take my favorite qualities from several women (real and fictional) and merge them into one powerful superhuman being that inspires me every day. For example, I'm influenced by my mom's generous spirit, Oprahs wisdom, Olivia Popes fashion sense, Mandeep Grewals presence and character, Blair Waldorf's work ethic, Michelle Obama's poise, Onika Marajs unapologetic nature, and my big sister, Chika Izuakors, boldness. These women, and many more, inspire me every day to strive for greatness in all areas of life.

2. What challenges have you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?

One thing I struggled with throughout my career was confidence. I always questioned whether I was intelligent enough, eloquent enough, pretty enough, stern enough, or valuable enough to matter. I felt like I needed to be perfect in order to truly succeed. This mindset changed through the emotional intelligence work I mentioned earlier. I learned to love the person that I am today and the person I am striving to become tomorrow. I realized that I am the only human being that can determine my worth and I know that I am more than enough. Period.

3. Who at United has helped you succeed?

One of the reasons I love working for United is because it feels like such a supportive family. A few United women who come to mind as really making a difference for me include Emily Heath, Nathalie Cordeiro Nunes, Sharon Grant, Jessica Kimbrough, Diane Lieb, Mary Hickey, and Silvia Prickel.

4. What's the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is that I get to inspire and influence people to think differently about cyber security inside and outside of the company. Beyond work, I'm also very passionate about cultivating the next generation of talent and love that building our cyber talent pipeline is a part of my job.

5. What advice would you give to girls or other women to help them succeed?

One of the best things I've done for myself and what really changed the trajectory of my life, was understanding emotional intelligence. I was raised to be emotionally illiterate and avoid the perception that "women are too emotional". I embarked on a journey to understand what made me who I am today, identify the limiting beliefs that were holding me back, and truly learning that I have a choice in how I live every single day no matter where I came from. What I learned in the process is that there is so much value in those emotions and that feminine power is epic!

6. Is there anything else you'd like to say or any other stories you'd like to share?

Thanks for inviting me to respond to this! It was a great reminder of the importance of self-reflection on where I started, how far I've come and those who helped along the way, and the new heights I want to reach in order to fulfill my full potential and inspire other women and girls along the way.

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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