The third annual Latinas in Aviation Global Festival was filled with smiles and pride as 275 visitors and experts came to celebrate at College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Maryland.
CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The third annual Latinas in Aviation Global Festival was filled with smiles and pride as 275 visitors and experts came to celebrate at College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Maryland.
The family-friendly event was a partnership with Fig Factor Media and College Park Aviation Museum. Fig Factor Media's "Latinas in Aviation" book creator Jacqueline S. Ruiz and several authors flew from various parts of the world to meet with visitors and share their challenges and successes as they work in different positions throughout the aviation industry.
The festival also launched the new "Latinas in Aviation Vol. III," available on Amazon, and had a special proclamation from a Prince George's County representative.
The event opened with a bittersweet moment for College Park Aviation Museum Director Kevin Cabrera, who after three years, is moving on to a new role. He was grateful, humble, and thankful to those who believed in the idea of the festival and supported it during his tenure. Nadine Boksmati will take over as museum director.
"It's really heartwarming to see how this program has grown over the last three years and how this community has continued to come together and support each other," Cabrera said.
Ruiz witnessed the friendly curiosity and fascination as the authors offered their personal experiences.
"I'm so proud of these talented and confident women who work behind the scenes or take passengers to their travel destinations," she said. "They very much are positive examples of what happens when your dream and goals take flight with planning, determination, and grit. We thank Kevin for his partnership and involvement with Fig Factor for this festival; we look forward to continue to break boundaries working with Nadine in the future."
Several Volume III authors were excited to share their stories during the celebration.
Raiberys Lima works for Jet Blue in its safety department. For her, being a Latina in aviation means being "a trailblazer who creates a path for Latinas as future aviators. The festival is a great opportunity to inspire future aviators and let them know about the different opportunities in the aviation industry. The biggest advice that I have for Latinas is to never give up on themselves and know there's always a different way to achieve a goal. It may not be plan A that you thought about, but you can go for plan A, B, C, D up to Z."
Sofia Beltran is a commercial pilot and prospective Certified Flight Instructor from Colombia.
"Being a Latina in Aviation is a privilege and an advantage since there are very few of us," she said. "As an author, we do have a responsibility and that is to spread the word to more Latinas and to more females who are wondering if they can pursue these types of careers in aviation and aeronautics. To any Latina or female, please remember that it's not always about talent but more determination. For me, as a Latina, I tell you that it is doable."
For more information about Latinas in Aviation, visit the website.
About Fig Factor Media:
Fig Factor Media Publishing is an international publishing company with a "beeping" heart. Fig Factor Media has helped many authors achieve and support their dream of impacting their communities in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Fig Factor Media is the official publisher of Today's Inspired Latina. For information, visit http://www.figfactormedia.com.
About the College of Aviation:
The College Park Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting aviation innovations at College Park Airport and in Prince George's County while fostering research, inventiveness, and lifelong curiosity about the history and science of flight. The College Park Aviation Museum opened in 1998 and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For information, visit https://www.pgparks.com/facilities/college-park-aviation-museum. Contact College Park Aviation Museum Director Kevin Cabrera at [email protected] or College Park Aviation Museum Public Program Manager Jamie Jones at [email protected].
SOURCE Latinas in Aviation