62. Jill Meyers
Driver of Good Things 🔹 Women in STEM Advocate 🔹 Air Force Veteran
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What I use LinkedIn for:
I use LinkedIn for several reasons. The first is to network and connect people to each other, which is so very important in my efforts to help others grow and succeed. The second is to share stories of amazing women in aviation and aerospace who can be strong role models for girls and women around the globe. Lastly, I use LinkedIn to keep up with new technological and business advancements in my industry.
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I spent 40 years in Aviation & Aerospace but am now working in Astronomy.
Who am I:
My life and career represent many interests and talents. I would say my two strongest passions are aviation and photography, and I started dabbling in both at the age of 12. After eight years serving my country in the United States Air Force, I spent the following 30 years working in the aviation and aerospace industry. It was a fabulous ride! As time passed, though, it became more important for me to give back to the next generation, and I started supporting non-profit organizations extensively as an unpaid volunteer. I have been extremely focused for the past 20 years on mentoring and inspiring girls and young women to pursue STEM careers. Making a difference in someone’s life is the most rewarding thing ever.
What I do:
I am currently a senior manager for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), co-managing design and construction of the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA). The ngVLA will be a system of 263 radio telescope antennas that will spread across the entire extent of North America, to provide dramatic new scientific capabilities to the world’s astronomers.
Why you should follow me on Linkedin:
To be inspired. It’s that simple.
Who I follow on Linkedin:
I follow several categories of people and organizations on LinkedIn. Of course, I follow current and former colleagues, to keep up on their successes. I follow leaders in Aviation and Aerospace who I find to be unique and breaking ground, like Bianca Cefalo, and companies changing the world, like Boom Supersonic and Regent. I follow my friend Nicole Malachowski, retired fighter pilot and the first woman to fly for the Air Force Thunderbirds, as she has become one of the most inspirational people/speakers in the country. I follow Amy Spowart, President and CEO of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, who shares the most fascinating information about women in aviation! I could go on and on, but these are the top ones that come to mind.
Jill’s Favorite Post
My favorite and most successful LinkedIn post was about a young woman I’ve been mentoring since 2015. I helped Serena Hart get into the Navy , and I put up a post when she texted me a photo the day she soloed in a jet during flight training. I was/am so very proud of Serena, who recently completed three years of flight training and is now flying the EA-18G Growler jet. It’s my favorite post because it reflects what I am all about – sharing others’ successes and stressing the importance of mentoring.
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