'Fly Like a Girl': Over 100 Girls Learn About STEM, Airline Careers

By Spencer Burt
Sep 12, 2018 1:35 PM ET
Deborah Laslo, a pilot with JetBlue, left, shows Nevaeh Tafuna how to use the communication tools inside the cockpit of an A320 aircraft during Fly Like a Girl at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. About 80 girls attended the event, which was aimed at introducing them to aviation and STEM careers. It was hosted by JetBlue in partnership with the Utah STEM Action Center and Atlantic Aviation. Photo: Qiling Wang, Deseret News

Originally published by Deseret News

Joanna Geraghty said being the highest-ranking woman in the airline industry is humbling, but also frustrating.

"It shouldn't be that way in 2018," said Geraghty, JetBlue's president and chief operating officer. "There should be many more in this space ranked even higher than me."

JetBlue teamed up with the Utah STEM Action Center and Atlantic Aviation Friday to teach girls about careers in flight, especially those relying on science, technology, engineering and math.

"Often times, girls don't see themselves in these roles," Geraghty said, citing the lack of female role models who are pilots, technicians or other STEM-related positions.

"It's about exposure," she added. "We know that the more you expose girls and young women to careers in STEM, they start thinking that they can actually do that type of career."

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