Issue Preview: March-April 2018

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Women of Excellence Exceeding Barriers

Dr. Sharon DeVivo – Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology President Dr. Sharon DeVivo and five other women who defied long-ingrained gender stereotypes to become highly successful professionals recently participated in a panel discussion. The “Women Exceeding Barriers” event was held in October 2017 at Vaughn College’s New York City campus.

“This event was an outstanding example of Vaughn’s commitment to ensuring that the next generation of leaders is well-equipped for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” DeVivo said.

An employee of the college since 1996, DeVivo was named president in 2014. She is the first woman in Vaughn College’s history to hold the office of president. Under her administration, Vaughn College transformed from a primarily training institution to one that offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in aviation, engineering, technology, and management.

Detective Erin Egan – From an early age, Erin Egan loved science, math, and aviation. One of her parents is a private pilot, and Egan thought she would one day become an astronaut. As Egan grew older, she focused on energies on becoming a pilot. Her hard work paid off — she became the first female Pilot in Command of the New York Police Department’s Air-Sea Rescue helicopter and crew.

Lillian Dukes – Lillian Dukes navigated her way from a career as an engineer to one as a vice president and global operations leader. In the last 20-plus years, Dukes has improved start-up, turnaround, and mature manufacturing environments using her strategic organizational skills. She has also implemented cost reduction and sustainable growth at a variety of companies, including American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines, Spirit AeroSystems, and General Electric.

Dr. Maxine Lubner – Dr. Maxine Lubner, who was born in Zimbabwe, broke national and gender barriers to become an aviation professional. Dr. Lubner, currently a professor and department chair at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York City, has also promoted aviation educational exchanges between the United States and Tanzania. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences from the Ivy League school Columbia University in New York City.

Lisa Scully – Lysa Scully is using her three decades of professional experience at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as the General Manager of LaGuardia Airport. Scully supervises a 400-person workforce to carry out the mission of the twentieth-largest airport in the United States. Her duties include overseeing a $4 billion renovation of the airport while ensuring ongoing operations are as minimally interrupted as possible.

Olga Custodio – Retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Command Lt. Col. Olga Custodio broke multiple racial and gender barriers during her 24 years of service. Custodio was not only the first Latina to graduate from the Air Force’s undergraduate pilot training, but also the first to be inducted into the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame.


Business and empowerment articles included in this issue!

  • To Negotiate Successfully, Consider Ethnicity and Gender
  • Become a Super Achiever
  • 8 Ways to Reward People for a Job Well Done
  • And more…

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