Leadership in Aviation

Rene Banglesdorf


Strong leadership builds good workplace culture; where minimal politics and confusion exist, turnover is low among good employees, engagement and productivity are high, and results are consistently good. Learn how to lead yourself, your team, and your initiatives well, with The Aviation Collective's Leadership in Aviation Podcast.

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Embrace New Challenges to Find Your Passion

In this episode of the Leadership in Aviation Podcast, René Banglesdorf sits down with Sally Glenn-Lee, a successful aviation leader with over 50 years of experience in her career. Sally talks about her experiences working at Purdue Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Hawaii Express, Regent Air, Transtar Airlines, Branniff Airways, Thompson CSF, and JetBlue Airways, where she currently works as a Field Generalist. She discusses her career path and how she got to where she is today, the importance of embracing new challenges to help find your passion, and the keys to hiring top talent and encouraging the next generation of aviators.

Jan 25
The Career Journey of a Marine Corps Veteran

In this episode, René Banglesdorf is joined by Steve Carroll, the Vice President of Operations with DevReady, a company that supplies contract software developers to a wide variety of cliental. Steve discusses working in the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter and Test squadron during the terrorist attacks on September 11, the importance of supporting veterans after active duty, how to be a strong yet compassionate leader, and his extensive career journey. Follow Us for More: https://theaviationcollective.com/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNwl7iw3cPNZhi1ndZSQ8Sg https://www.linkedin.com/company/76090082/admin/ https://www.instagram.com/the.aviation.collective/ https://www.tiktok.com/@theaviationcollective https://www.facebook.com/theaviationcollective More About Steve: Steve is currently a Vice President of Operations with DevReady, a company that supplies contract software developers to a wide variety of cliental. Prior to joining DevReady he held rolls at Wells Fargo and Honeywell in strategic initiatives and operation management. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a degree in Operations and Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University. He joined the Marine Corps following high school and served 16 years in rotary wing aviation, retiring in September of 2015. During his time in the Marine Corps he spent 9 years assigned to HMX-1, the Presidential Helicopter and Test squadron, where he supported Presidents Bush and Obama. He was in the Marine Corps during the terrorist attacks of September 11th, involved in multiple diplomatic events, the testing of directed counter measures and numerous other forms of Presidential travel. In the Fleet Marine Corps, he deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He held a variety of billets including a flight line mechanic, enlisted aircrew, production manager, quality inspector and manager, and NATOPS evaluator for the VH-60N.

Nov 30, 2022
How to Manage a Diverse Company Culture to Success

In this episode of the Leadership in Aviation Podcast, René Banglesdorf, Founder and CEO of The Aviation Collective, sits down with Benoit Defforge, President of Airbus Corporate Jets. Benoit discusses his journey in aviation, leading a diverse team from all over the world, leading by example, the importance of setting a vision with strong values, having curiosity and courage, and how to overcome obstacles to get to your desired destination. MORE ABOUT BENOIT: Benoit Defforge, leads the Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) business globally – a position that he has held since 1st January 2014. In May 2007, Benoit Defforge was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Corporate Jet Centre, the Airbus outfitting Centre. In this role, from 2007 to 2013, Benoit successfully managed the creation and development of the company, delivering more than 20 VIP cabins for ACJ319/320 and a large scope of dedicated services. In 2005, Benoit Defforge was appointed Head of Airbus A380 Electrical Systems development, responsible for boosting performance while implementing harmonized processes throughout all Airbus sites. He started his career at Airbus in 2003, initially leading a project to improve the performance of the Airbus A330 final assembly line in Toulouse. Prior to working for Airbus, Benoit joined in 1990 the aerospace manufacturer Labinal, which is part of the Safran group. At Labinal, Benoit Defforge started his career in general engineering and then, as an Operations Manager and was responsible for leading a variety of programs from business jets to airliners and helicopters, rising to become the General Manager of a business unit serving Airbus, helicopter and railway customers. VISIT US: The Aviation Collective: https://theaviationcollective.com/ Airbus Corporate Jets: https://www.acj.airbus.com/en MORE ABOUT AIRBUS: Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide. More than 210 Airbus Corporate Jets, all derived from the world’s most modern airliner family, are in service worldwide.

Nov 03, 2022
How to Grow into the Leader You Want to Be​ with Mark Schulz

Being a good leader doesn't happen overnight. It takes practice, time, effort, personal mentors, and even failure to see where there's room for growth. On this episode of The Leadership in Aviation Podcast, René Banglesdorf is joined by Mark Schulz, the founder of #DigitalAircraft. They discuss how to grow into the leader you want to be, leading people to their maximum success, and the importance of having a coach or mentor to help guide you along the way. Mark is passionate about aviation, digital, and helping people. He is the founder of #DigitalAircraft and has almost 40 years of experience in the Aviation and Aerospace Industry, working hands-on with OEMs, Airlines and MROs in Operations, Engineering, Maintenance Training, Shop and Engine Operations. Over his career, Mark has transitioned from being a consumer and user of IT Solutions to being a digital solutions provider. He leveraged his industry knowledge in starting and operating aviation software companies and implementing digital solutions at over 250 Aviation and Aerospace companies. Mark holds both FAA A&P and Commercial Instrument Multiengine Pilot Certificates. He completed his undergraduate studies in Engineering at Purdue University before going on to complete his MBA at the University of Denver.

Oct 12, 2022
Introducing Youth to Aviation & The Importance of Mentorship

Carley Walker is the Director of Development of STEM Flights, a national nonprofit that connects students and Pilot Mentors all over the country. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Air Care Alliance, the umbrella organization that supports and advocates for Public Benefit Flying. Carley is passionate about identifying the next generation of aviation workforce professionals. In this episode of the Leadership in Aviation Podcast, Carley talks with René Banglesdorf, Founder and CEO of The Aviation Collective, about STEM flights, how we can introduce girls and boys to aviation from a young age, and the importance of mentorship throughout your career. Visit https://theaviationcollective.com/ for additional resources. Visit https://www.stemflights.org/ to learn more.

Sep 22, 2022
Careers in Aviation: Beyond Being a Pilot

Curious about careers in aviation beyond being a pilot? You've found the right podcast episode. In this episode of the Leadership in Aviation Podcast, you'll learn more about careers like engineering, planning, ATC, airport management, airport operations, and dispatch. You will hear from Women in Aviation Advisory Board Alumnae Member, Kelly Jost, Managing Engineer at C&S Companies, alongside Megan Atkins Thoben, Director of Operations and Business Development at Louisville Regional Airport Authority, Cheryl Bush, Manager of Aviation and Transportation at Oakland County, Michigan Government, Jamaal Haltom, Air Traffic Controller at National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Stephanie Ward, Senior Aviation Planner at Mead & Hunt and WMU College of Aviation Instructor, and Catherine Jackson, Dispatcher at Southwest Airlines. With guests from a variety of different backgrounds and career paths, you'll be sure to learn something new about the field of aviation and may even find a passion for something new in the process. 

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Sep 14, 2022
Don't Just Begin a Job: Establish a Career

In this episode of the Leadership in Aviation Podcast, René Banglesdorf, Founder and CEO of The Aviation Collective, sits down with Ryan Goertzen, Vice President Maintenance Workforce Development, AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading aviation services provider to commercial airlines and governments worldwide. They discuss why it's critical to go beyond just looking for and getting a job in aviation, and how you can establish a life-long career for yourself and your goals. Ryan oversees AAR’s various workforce based initiatives and was responsible for the development the EAGLE Career Pathway Program. Mr. Goertzen is also the President of Choose Aerospace, whose purpose is to unite the aerospace industry to implement solutions to the workforce shortage. Mr. Goertzen started with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology in 2011, holding the positions of vice president of education, president of Spartan's Tulsa campuses and corporate officer. Goertzen previously spent three years at AAR Corp managing the training and ASAP programs in Oklahoma City. He began his career as a pilot instructor for Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation where he was responsible for Air Wisconsin's first learning management system and e-learning content used in recurrent pilot training. In 2005 Mr. Goertzen transitioned to the maintenance side of the airline as Air Wisconsin’s Manager of Maintenance Training and ASAP Manager. Visit https://theaviationcollective.com/ for additional resources. We're ready to help you establish a successful career for yourself.

Sep 07, 2022
The Various Pathways to Aviation Careers

Want to help others get started in aviation, but not sure how? Watch this Leadership in Aviation Podcast episode to learn about the various pathways to aviation careers. In this episode, you will hear from Women in Aviation Advisory Board Alumnae Member, Bobbi Wells, Vice President, Safety Systems, Efficiency & Compliance at American Airlines, alongside Thomas Rajan, Vice President, Global Talent and Total Rewards at American Airlines, Robbin Sarrazin Page, JD, Vice President Human Resources at FedEx Express, Jodi Baker, Deputy Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service at Federal Aviation Administration and Nicole Huque, Partner at Krauthamer & Associates. Each of these guests offer a different perspective on pathways you can take when you are interested in pursuing a career in aviation. For additional resources, you can visit https://theaviationcollective.com/.

Aug 31, 2022
We've Been Called Out: Recruiting More Women into Aviation

René Banglesdorf, Founder and CEO of The Aviation Collective, talks about the shortage of workers in the aviation industry, not to mention the shortage of women in the industry. As a member of the FAA's Women in Aviation Advisory Board, René worked alongside 30 women to publish a report that promotes the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in aviation with 55 recommendations on how the industry can make progress going forward. Listen to this week's Leadership in Aviation Podcast episode to learn more. You can view the full report here: https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/committees/documents/media/WIAAB_Recommendations_Report_March_2022.pdf Visit https://theaviationcollective.com/ for additional resources.

Aug 10, 2022
The Power of a Positive Mindset with Ying McPherson

Ying McPherson has over 18 years of experience in the financial analysis and data analytics space and oversees the strategy development and execution activities at Unifi. In today's episode, Ying sits down with René Banglesdorf, Founder and CEO of The Aviation Collective, to discuss the power of having a positive mindset and how you can turn obstacles into opportunities.

Jul 27, 2022
Successful Recruitment Strategies for Drawing Women and Underrepresented Groups into Aviation

In this podcast episode, I am joined by my fellow alumnae board members, Rebecca Lutte, Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Pamela Williams, Director of Academy Services at United Aviate Academy to discuss successful recruitment strategies for drawing women and underrepresented groups into aviation. Samantha Bowyer, Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Ryan Goertzen, Vice President of Workforce Development at AAR also joined in the conversation to show how their organizations successfully recruit those individuals into aviation.

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Jul 20, 2022
Breaking Barriers with Trish Gilbert & Lauren Haertlein

How in the world did 30 women come to agreement on topics as heated as solutions to discrimination and harassment, pilot training, and maternity leave in just 20 short months, all while handicapped by a pandemic? Hear the behind the scenes in this week’s first town hall with alumnae Women in Aviation Advisory Board members, Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President Americas Region at the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Association and Lauren Haertlein, Aviation Regulatory Counsel at Zipline.   Breaking Barriers for Women in Aviation Report LinkedIn Instagram

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Jul 06, 2022
Overcoming Self Doubt as a Leader with Allison McKay

Everyone faces self doubt or personal obstacles that they must overcome. It's no different for leaders and individuals running successful companies. Allison McKay, CEO of Women in Aviation International, opens up about how she tackles her biggest fears in business and how you can work through your self doubt and achieve what you may not have thought was possible in your career.

Jun 29, 2022
Thriving in Moments of Stress with Eric Scherrer

Eric is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He currently serves as the Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401, the Marine Corps’ only Adversary Fighter Squadron. Eric is also a Performance Coach for Full Focus, where he helps leaders at all levels master clear processes to create space and margin at home and work, so they are free to win in all aspects of their life. In this episode of Leadership in Aviation, Eric helps us learn how to manage our stress during difficult situations.   Follow Us: The Aviation Collective https://theaviationcollective.com/ LinkedIn YouTube Instagram

Jun 15, 2022
Finding Your Strengths with Dana Williams

Do you ever question your worth or value to a company wondering what you bring to the table? Dana Williams is a Former Southwest Airlines Leader and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who helps individuals and companies facing disconnection to live in their strengths. Listen to this week's episode of Leadership in Aviation to find your strengths and learn how to apply them in your work and everyday life.

Jun 01, 2022
Intricacies of Leadership in Launching a New Endeavor with Dana Donati

Dana Donati, CEO at United Aviate Academy, discusses the intricacies of leadership in launching a new endeavor. United Aviate Academy is a flight school and major stepping stone to becoming a pilot for United Airlines. Learn more about Dana's journey to getting where she is today and this new and exciting endeavor in today's episode of Leadership in Aviation.    YouTube Instagram The Aviation Collective https://theaviationcollective.com/

May 18, 2022
Creating Habit Patterns In This New Work Environment with Dan Drohan

How have your habits changed over the last few years? Being out of the office has definitely changed our workplace culture and personal relationships with co-workers. Listen as Dan Drohan, the CEO of Solairus Aviation, speaks on finding a happy medium in communication, compromise, and compensation to navigate workplace culture issues and find new habit patterns in these new times.   FOLLOW US: LinkedIn Instagram The Aviation Collective https://theaviationcollective.com/

May 04, 2022
Leaning Into Leadership Development with Jo Damato

Jo Damato, the Senior Vice President of Education, Training and Workforce Development for NBAA, talks about the need for leadership development in aviation. She also serves on the Youth in Aviation Task Force and is passionate about helping individuals thrive from the beginning of their career to the end through leadership development. Check out this episode to hear all her takeaways! Connect with us: The Aviation Collective https://theaviationcollective.com/ YouTube Instagram LinkedIn

Apr 20, 2022
Shaping Workplace Culture as an Employee: 3 Areas You Can Work On To Improve It

Everyone influences the culture of an organization, no matter your job title or role. Because of this, it's important to recognize how you can uplift your company culture. In this podcast, René Banglesdorf, Founder and CEO of The Aviation Collective, a Workplace Culture Consulting Agency, talks about how you can shape workplace culture as an employee. DON'T WAIT -- SHIFT YOUR CULTURE TODAY. Watch our free workplace culture training and download our free report to learn more. Connect with us: YouTube Instagram LinkedIn

Apr 06, 2022
Four Forces That Balance Workplace Culture

Want better company culture but not sure where to start? Listen to our free training, Four Forces That Balance Workplace Culture, hosted by René Banglesdorf, a high-performance business coach and long-time aviation executive. This training is filled with aviation-specific tools designed to shift your workplace culture from turbulent to smooth skies, including cutting-edge data from our advanced workplace culture report. Don't wait -- shift your culture today. Contact us at support@theaviationcollective.com or visit theaviationcollective.com/workshop to learn more about how you can set up a custom workplace culture workshop with your team.

Mar 30, 2022
Shaping Workplace Culture as a Leader: 3 Areas You Can Work On To Improve it

René Banglesdorf dives deep into workplace culture based on The Aviation Collective's https://theaviationcollective.com/ findings from the survey, focus groups, and resulting report. This episode focuses on leaders in aviation, how they shape workplace culture, and three areas that they can work on to improve workplace culture at their organization.   Watch the Podcast on our YouTube Channel. https://youtu.be/h5DmhEr5VYk

Mar 24, 2022
How Do Your Experiences as a Leader Shape Your Company Culture?

Everyone in an organization influences its culture, but as leaders, we set the tone. When thinking about your people, products, profitability, and productivity, is something in your experience prohibiting your team or organization from growing in a healthy manner? In this episode, René Banglesdorf, the Founder and Coach of The Aviation Collective, talks about how our experiences, good and bad, can influence our decisions and leadership.

Mar 09, 2022
Exploring Your Passion with Dr. Rebecca Lutte

Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Lutte is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute. Dr. Lutte is a commercial pilot, CFII, MEI, experimental aircraft owner, and active in the general aviation community. She was appointed by the Secretary of the DOT to the FAA Women in Aviation Advisory Board and serves as chair of the subcommittee, Understanding the problem and industry trends. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University Aviation Association. Dr. Lutte conducts research on a variety of topics with a primary focus on aviation workforce development and the outreach, recruitment, and retention of women in aviation. She has over 25 publications in a variety of academic journals, magazines, and book submissions. Hear more about her story and how she started her career in aviation.

Nov 10, 2021
Thriving in Aviation with Kate Fraser

Kate Fraser is NetJets Director of Safety Assurance where she oversees the implementation of the Safety Management System (SMS), aviation emergency response plan, internal auditing, and drug and alcohol program. Prior to joining NetJets, Fraser spent nearly three years in the emerging market of Advance Aerial Mobility (AAM) as Joby Aviation’s Head of Safety and Uber’s Head of Aviation Policy. Kate previously had the honor of serving on the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Board of Directors and currently serves on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Women in Aviation Advisory Board and Embry-Riddle Daytona’s College of Aviation Industry Advisory Board.  Hear more about Kate's impressive career in aviation and the obstacles she's faced in this industry including how she defies self-doubt and the imposter syndrome.

Oct 27, 2021
Investigating the Possibilities with Anna Winningham

Anna Winningham is a former Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During her 13-year tenure with the FBI she served as a case agent and a Supervisory Special Agent, overseeing multiple long-term, complex investigations including organized crime, drug, counter-terrorism, kidnapping and extortion investigations. Following her career with the FBI, Anna has provided investigative, Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and services to RCS’ private and corporate clients.  She has used this information to provide her clients with appropriate responses to situations including threats of violence, thefts, employee wrong-doings, cyber compromises, civil and criminal litigation. Hear more about how her experience in male-dominated fields led her to a very interesting career in security advisory services.

Sep 29, 2021
Lessons Learned with Therese Allison

Therese Allison  is a self-made success story, mom, mentor and Best-Selling and Award-Winning Author of “Playing for Keeps – How a 21st century businesswoman beat the boys” (self-help memoir.) To help others succeed, Allison openly shares how she became financially independent at age 38 when her company (McKenna & Associates) was sold to AON, and retired early at 43 to spend quality time with her children. In this episode, hear all about her new book and how it uncovers her “16 Pearls of Wisdom”, “Velvet Glove for Women” approach (using humor while being smart/firm), “Lucy Moments”(self-deprecating stories that broke barriers) and how her unknown heritage helped her “break the glass ceiling” in a “man’s world” in the 1980s and 1990s. You can also learn more about Therese at http://thereseallison.com/.

Sep 15, 2021
Eroding Obstacles with Sheryl Clarke

Sheryl Clarke had an extensive career in aviation from military to commercial to private aviation. She then took her skills in a new direction and transitioned to the oil and gas industry where she is currently the Head of HSE Learning and Operations Management System program management for British Petroleum-North America.  Hear more about the discrimination and obstacles she has faced being a female in a male dominated industry and how her upbringing and military experience led her to where she is today.

Sep 01, 2021
Breaking Barriers with Jessica Webster

Jessica Webster is a mother, partner, and career pilot residing in New Hampshire. She is a private executive jet captain with 20 years in the aviation industry. Driven by value creation through cultural transformation and continuous improvement, Jessica is the Founder and President of Hera Aviation Group; a non-profit organization and coaching and development-based consultancy group dedicated to making the aviation industry a more inclusive environment for women, caregivers and underrepresented cohorts. Hear more about the obstacles Jessica faced in her career after returning from maternity leave and how she advocated for herself and how this led to the creation of her non-profit that promotes belonging and being valued in the aviation industry.  

Aug 16, 2021
Marrying Technical and People Skills with Anna Diaz

Anna Diaz is a Partner & Principal at Dowling & Yahnke Wealth Advisors which is an independent wealth management firm, managing over $5B in assets. D&Y is Ranked as a Top Advisor by Barron’s and other national publications. They provide investment, tax and financial planning services to over 1,300 clients across 36 different states. Hear more about how Anna combines both her technical and people skills in her industry, how she set goals along her career path from teller to partner and how she strives to help improve financial literacy for women.

May 26, 2021
Taking Command with Mary Jackson

Retired Vice Admiral Mary Jackson has over three decades of service in the United States Navy. She currently contributes as an independent advisor, serves as a board member for the Greater Jacksonville Area USO and the Surface Navy Association, and is pursuing for-profit board roles. Hear more about how Vice Admiral Jackson's unconventional journey led to an illustrious career of serving our great country.

May 12, 2021