Meet this week’s Leading Ladies Of… Aerospace Gloria Bouillon!
Gloria Bouillon is a public speaker, thought leader, amongst other titles to her name. However, her passion lies in aircraft, to the point that she owns her own airplane. She is a transformational change leader. She can excel wherever she sets her sights on. She continuously searches for opportunity and growth. Gloria is a powerful woman through her mental strengths and being able to problem solve and rises above any roadblocks that come her way – whether that is in her professional or personal life.
Gloria is a boss woman. She perceives herself as someone who can see what most people don’t see. It is the potential to be greater than what it currently is – is what Gloria can see. She is an intelligent woman who can still find growth and opportunity when in trying times, such as the pandemic of 2020. She makes her vision come alive regardless of circumstances.
Read on for more inspiration and learning from Gloria!
Airport Director | Commercial Pilot | Public Speaker | Thought Leader | Builder of Strategic Alliances | Innovator | Board Director | STEM | French/American Citizenships
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What I use Linkedin for:
Increased opportunities for growth and regional development. Business connections, growth for the airports I manage. I love to read inspiring stories as well as posting my own stories and articles to inspire and share my passion for aviation and flying with others. Also, emerging news, trends and to connect with a broad range of industries worldwide. I have made many connections through innovative articles I post of successes from my teams and businesses.
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Aviation, Airlines, Aerospace
Who am I:
I cast the vision and work the day-to-day detail. This is what makes progress. It’s passion, vision, and a skill set to drive the vision.
I love this aviation and aerospace industry so much, I was born to be in this industry. My life revolves so much around aviation, that I own my own aircraft. It came to the point where I had to choose to buy a house or an aircraft, I chose an aircraft. Some people check social media on their breaks, I fly my plane on my lunch breaks. That’s where my passion lies.
I have been asked to represent over 5,000 airports nationwide for General Aviation airports. I am an Airport Director, commercial pilot, Incident Commander, aircraft owner, globally recognized public speaker, thought leader, expert skier and aviation professional who creates strategic alliances with federal, state, business development agencies, to effectively improve the aviation industry infrastructure and regional economic development. I have a varied background including complete airport system management, aviation infrastructure development planning, including commercial spaceport planning, construction project management, emergency management, aviation insurance, operations and security, and I even was an airport rescue firefighter at one point in my career.
I am a transformational change leader, I have led two airports to their largest infrastructure development in their history through stakeholder engagement and collaboration with key decision makers. I have never thought to myself I can’t do something. I always know that I can excel wherever I am placed. I search for opportunity and growth continually. I have been told over and over from people that I am the most motivated and strongest person they know; both in my professional life and personal life. I don’t see any road blocks. I see ways to rise above them.
What I do:
I transform airports, I transform lives, I’m a turnaround leader. I see beyond what most people see. Once companies and businesses realized my vision of growth and opportunity, they really wanted to be a part of a really exciting future. People saw both airports I managed contracting, I saw the potential.
What I did during a COVID recesion, I changed lives, and set the course for the region. I find growth opportunities during a pandemic. I grew our employment in the region, our businesses grew their employees, and expanded all their operations. I saved the airport from losing it’s primary runway when I came on board to lead the Airport I manage. There were years of planned demolition for most of the infrastructure on the Airport. Though, I knew the data had to be looked at with a new vision and developed a Master Plan for the Airport. Now, the Airport is looking at the largest expansion in its history.
I add jobs, I add revenue, I create opportunities and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. In just a small time, the footprint has changed dramatically. Our businesses are so excited about the future I have created for them.
I have the leadership and vision and willingness to go outside the boundaries, stretched vision and mind. Within three years of my leadership we moved from #eight in the state to become the second busiest airport in the state. That’s impressive.
I made history for the City of Beverly and it’s communities as the first female director in it’s history, since the start in the 1920’s. The last airport I managed, I was also their first female leader in the Airport’s history. I cast the vision and work the day to day detail. It takes courage to face the constituents, it takes skill to ensure and work the major projects through, even through the difficulty of push back with constituents. I roll up my sleeves and get the job done. I have a willingness to do whatever it takes.
To our future businesses and customers, I say, “we have just one mission, yours.”.
Why you should follow me on Linkedin:
From me, you’ll get inspiring messages and posts, leading the direction, I’m at the forefront of innovation, driving change, helping the industry see new opportunities and different ways of growth and expansion. So the people that follow me will also grow and expand. I stretch the horizon.
I create new leaders, not just followers. The people I mentor, and keep in touch with, I want to see their success. I want these people to keep flourishing. These effects multiply.
When someone is in a state of restlessness or worry, I calm them down. Just like in the accidents’ I respond to and direct emergency fire, police, air traffic and crew, as the Incident Commander, I have a sense of presence, I am calm about it, and approach the accident methodically. Just as in pilot training, I am always prepared for an accident, and the processes and procedures for success in caos. I use those methods of preparedness in business negotiations and when challenges arise on a daily basis.
I am passionate about the aviation industry and highly involved in monitoring young professionals and women in aviation through STEM programs. An aviation professor, who had a student who was having some challenges and questions about a career in aviation. He said to me, “The first person I knew to turn to was you.” It was the quality of information I provided her in how to start her career and interviewing tactics. After I gave her advice, she said “oh that’s a good way to look at it!” This was from a lot of years of my own experiences.
The people I mentor, young professionals often say I want to move up to the next point in my career. I say, no, take the time, learn the job, you’ll need the experience if you want to move up. We like to wear the hat of the boss, though, you have to do the work and put in the time. If you want to be a good pilot, you have a process to go, you have to take many exams, meet milestones and checkrides. If you want to be a manager, you have to learn the job, gain the experience, as menial as you see it now, it will help you at some point down the road. Don’t be in such a hurry to move up. I am currently mentoring several young professionals, various college students as well as several new airport managers
Who I follow on Linkedin:
Thought leaders, speakers, life coaches, people I aspire to become, men and women who think outside the bounds, people I can always learn from, powerful women in my industry and outside my industry. Some of the influencers and individuals I am following include; Brene Brown, Whitney Johnson, Arinanna Huffington, Amy Cuddy, Richard Branson, Melinda Gates, Simon Sinek, Jeff Winer, Mark Cuban, Tony Robbins, Scott Kirby and Bill Gates. I am continually searching for growth; whether it’s challenging myself on skiing double black extreme expert terrain, or constantly adding to my certifications, education, and flying certificates. I am always looking for the next challenge to overcome. That is what excites me..
My favourite or most successful post:
I’ve had posts with over 20,000 views and many more comments, though, my favorite post is this one;
This post was from when I was asked to do an interview with a global magazine and company on my success at growing an airport in the worst pandemic and one of the hardest hit industries; the aviation and airports worldwide. I was one of the only female leaders interviewed in years, and I was really honored that they wanted to hear my strategies on how successful I was able to become and bring on new companies and grow jobs and employment in the most devastating time for airports in their entirety.