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Jen Fullmer, Executive Director, Boots2Roots

What advice would you offer women entering a traditionally male-dominated industry?

“Fifty years after more than a thousand Women Air Force Service Pilots flew every military aircraft in the inventory, prepared men for aerial combat, and watched 38 of their comrades die for their country, the debate of women flying in combat rages on. To me, there’s no debate. Do we need good people? Are you qualified? Do you meet the standards? Are you a dedicated and hard worker? My advice is: don’t make it an issue. Professionalism, hard work, team commitment, and humility are gender neutral. The principles of good leadership and good followership are universal. Focus your energy there.”