Q&A With Michelle Varble - United Hub

Q&A with Michelle Varble

By The Hub team, March 16, 2018

United employee, Michelle Varble, with her family

In honor of Women's History Month, we are sharing stories of the inspired and strong women of United, like Michelle Varble. Michelle, the Director - Corporate Services, is responsible for indirect services and products procurement for the company.

1. Who is a woman who has inspired you?

There are so many, but I'd have to give credit to both of my grandmothers. They have both lost sons in life and have taught me that women can be incredibly strong. There is something within ones self, but strength is also garnered from the tight network of family, friends and community to which you belong.

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

I've always been a perfectionist and someone who focuses on doing every job, wearing every hat, extremely well. Sometimes, the best performers are rewarded with too much work, and as a perfectionist, it is not easy to admit that you just simply cannot do everything, meet every deadline. Luckily, ongoing discussion with my friends and family helped me to realize that it was my responsibility to vocalize my needs in order to improve my situation. So this is what I did. I also adopted cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to reframe my thinking and learn to give myself some space to be imperfect.

3. Who at United has helped you succeed?

Everything we do at United requires teamwork, so I cannot attribute my success to any one person. In terms of my personal development and career growth, I have found a true supporter in my current managing director, Sergio Da Silva.

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

Being able to teach my team what I have learned through my years of experience in procurement and supply chain roles. I enjoy being a resource for my employees. A sounding board, someone to help them ideate and discover. They are awesome.

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

If you have your heart set on something, say it out loud. Let others hear you. This is the first step to making what you want happen.

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

We have to continue to celebrate the success of women of all vocations. I personally have many recent successes to celebrate. My husband and I were blessed with a beautiful daughter in January 2017. I wrote my masters thesis while on maternity leave (and graduated with a Masters in Liberal Arts last June), and I accepted a promotion upon my return to work at United. I have found my new role at United to be refreshing, challenging, and exciting. I feel so much gratitude toward my husband, my family and my United colleagues and friends who have helped me accomplish these great things.

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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