TOP Women in Aerospace & Aviation to Follow on LinkedIn: Melissa Sabatine and Dana Linnet

9. Melissa Sabatine

Sustainable Aviation Advocate, Airport Geek, Collaborator and Connector, Neste

9. Melissa Sabatine

Average Post Engagement: 107.80

Country:

United States

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking, collaboration and supporting people and causes about which I care deeply

Number of Followers:

2,632

Industry:

Aviation

 

Who am I:

I am passionate about supporting diversity and sustainability in the aviation industry. To me, true power comes from listening and leading with your heart.

What I do:

I specialize in connecting, collaborating and problem solving. As the federal advocate for the leading global supplier of sustainable aviation fuel, I love that I have the opportunity to I leverage my knowledge and contacts in the broader industry with an impactful mission of decarbonizing aviation.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

By following me on LinkedIn, you will learn about amazing women in aviation through my Women in Aviaton Wednesday posts, gain insights about sustainable aviation, and coming soon-tips on health and nutrition. I recently earned a certification in integrative nutrition with the goal of helping travelers and industry colleagues incorporate wellness practices into their travels and their daily routines.

Who I follow on Linkedin

Two women in aviation who inspire me are Bobbi Wells and Amy Spowart. They both have incredible resumes and experiences to share, but what sets them apart is their consistent mission to highlight the important achievements of women in aviation, past and present. They post content that you should share with any young person wishing to join the industry.

 

Bobbi Wells

Vice President, Safety , Environmental & Regulatory Compliance American Airlines, American Airlines

Amy Spowart

Federal Appointee | Aviation Executive | Nonprofit Leader | Strategic Thinker | Connector, National Aviation Hall of Fame

Melissa’s Favorite Post

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This post to me is special because it connects my love of the airport industry with my current role and mission of decarbonizing aviation with Neste. For everyone who is asking me what SAF is and how does it work in practical terms, the link to the media clip answers those questions in under two minutes.

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43. Dana Linnet

Growth Leader. Team Builder. Opportunity Creator. NatSec Veteran. Chief DC Founding Member. GPODS Mentor. Global Scot. DACOR ExCom., The Summit Group DC LLC

43. Dana Linnet

Average Post Engagement: 44.80

Country:

USA

What I use Linkedin for:

Networking, helping people, connecting great people to one another, research, LinkedIn Learning (keep it fresh!), recruiting.

Number of Followers:

7,275

Industry:

Aerospace

 

Who am I:

I am so grateful to have a career where I get to help incredible, visionary people realize their dreams. It’s an honor to be a trusted partner in their journey. I’m an optimist who believes that human beings are limitless. I’ve also been called a “super-connector” for constantly bringing people together and convening groups to get things done. I try to help anyone I can, because there’s great satisfaction and professional happiness in that. If I can help one person with a simple conversation, it’s been a great day.

What I do:

I help public sector companies and U.S. institutional investors grow their businesses by helping them understand and navigate the maze of US government policies, decision-makers, regulations, cultures, case histories, and practices in space, defense, and emerging tech. There’s a lot of synergy among these 3 segments. I help my clients create meaningful, lasting partnerships with their customers and stakeholders, and I help them build great teams. Anything any of us ever achieves is thanks to a great team.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

I tend to post content and commentary that gives my followers make sense of “above the fold” issues and gets them discussing complex topics in a meaningful way. There are so many experts out there so it’s a great way to learn from my network and for my network to learn from each other. Ultimately, LinkedIn is about forging meaningful professional relationships and sharing ideas so we can leverage the collective talent around the most important challenges. I tend to post content that celebrates and champions good people and important discussions. There’s enough negativity and garbage in the world, we don’t need to amplify that. Instead, I try to amplify organizational progress and amplify messages from good people trying to do good things.

Who I follow on Linkedin

I tend to follow small to mid-size emerging space and tech companies on LinkedIn. I want to learn about their capabilities and spot the emerging trends when I analyze the market for my clients. There is so much exciting work going on right now, it’s very inspiring! As far as people, I love following Richard Branson – he’s an optimist who genuinely wants to save the planet and humanity, and that’s far more interesting than “I want to be a billionaire and that’s my exit strategy.” I follow Shelli Brunswick from Space Foundation because she’s a tireless leader and posts so much content from the Space community. I follow the fortune 100 companies too, especially my former company, Lockheed Martin. For over 100 years LM has been at the forefront of cutting space and defense technology and making the impossible happen (like landing on Mars!) I loved every second there and by following the company, I get to celebrate the achievements of my former colleagues who remain dear friends. I recommend following anyone and everyone who inspires YOU in YOUR career. Follow your customers or would-be customers. Follow people you find interesting. It’s very individual. Whatever you do, don’t follow people simply because others do. It’s important to break “group think” and march to your own drum beat. You’ll never be the greatest version of you if you’re copying everyone else. You can’t have FOMO if you’re prioritizing your own needs and interests.

 

Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Group

Shelli Brunswick

Visionary Thought Leader | Strategic C-Level & Chair | Speaker & Author | Space Pro & Policy Advocate | UNOOSA Space4Women | WBAF Senator for USA | WTN Global Technology Leader & DEI, Space Foundation

Lockheed Martin

Customer focus, innovation and purpose are built into everything we do. Lockheed Martin. Your Mission Is Ours®., Defense and Space Manufacturing

Dana’s Favorite Post

Reactions: 2,756

Comments: 87

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I love posts that celebrate achievement and success. This post was uplifting because it made me reflect on how we can enable greatness in STEM and Aerospace if we make room for the brightest and best, make them feel truly seen, supported, and valued in deeds, not just words. It made me ask, “what can I do today to support others?” Marillyn walked the talk and modeled equity and inclusion from the very top.

Dana’s Successful Post

Reactions: 530

Comments: 50

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The post I wrote about the passing of my former boss, Secretary of State Colin Powell. It got 49,404 views. He positively impacted generations of careers – everyone in the national security space knew what a great human being and leader he was. There are too few Colin Powells in the world, and I believe that’s what people were reacting to and why it got so many views and comments.

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