Grow Her Wings
By The Milieux Project, Inc
What does it mean that a girl receives her pilot wings? It can mean a lot more than a perfect possession of the required skills to fly. Join Carrie and Jenn, two seasoned Special Operations pilots, as they explore the lessons flying can teach beyond the flight deck. We’ll interview inspirational people, leading experts, courageous women (and men) to learn together, give advice, take advice, talk about flying, and maybe even work in some instruction on flying the 747 and/or helicopters. Join us as we #growherwings
Episode 18 - Finding Yourself on the Track with Carol Carpenter
In our newest episode, we are interviewing Carol Carpenter of MotoVixens. After a hard divorce, Carol decided she wants to do something more with her life. She wanted to challenge her comfort zone and do something most people would cringe at. So she decided to take up racing motorcycles and shooting guns. Join Carrie and Jenn as they explore themes many women face everyday. Things like single motherhood, what is “proper” for a woman and a mother, what is our identity, how family affects our decisions in life and other important conversations we should be having with our daughters.
September 21, 2021
Highlighting Female Aviators with Emilee Little
This time Jenn and Carrie are interviewing Emilee Little, founder of @LadyAviators on Instagram. She has over 27k followers and makes it her content to highlight female aviators from every spectrum. You should check her out! Emily herself is in the middle of a big transition- and we got to chat with her as she is literally in the middle of it! Wanna know what exciting news she has? Tune in! Join Jenn and Carrie as they talk about Emilee’s journey, her passion and what makes her part of changing the Milieux!!
September 1, 2021
July Update with New Guest and Partnerships!
Holy smokes I’m at NASA! Do girls over compensate to feel like they are competitive to men? Are men over complicating things at work because they are men or because they are engineers? Jenn and Carrie tackle some of these questions as well talk about the show that Jenn will be on airing this Labor Day(!), going to OshKosh, WI for EAA Venture, Jenn’s experience shooting at a local simulator -changing how we teach firearms, and most importantly our Partnerships with TuskegeeNext, Lady Aviators and Preflight Aviation Camp!! Check out 4 Days to Save the World, Cleaning and Cocktails, Conflict Kinetics and EAA Airventure and stay tuned for our EAA experiences online. Follow us and all our partners at IG, FB, LinkedIn and Twitter. Blue Skies!
August 25, 2021
Memorial Day Edition
Has it really been almost 3 months since Jenn and Carrie’s last podcast? Where have they been? Watching Netflix? Nooooo! We have been busy!!! Jenn moved, Carrie Moved, Carrie works for NASA now, Jenn is going to be on a TV show, and they had to ROCK all the women in aviation events in March - including a special day supporting Moody AFB, GA. Join them as they talk about what Memorial Day means to women in the military, find out who does the dishes in Jenn’s house (you might be surprised) and we want your thoughts on whether you think women over compensate to seem more competitive when they don’t have to! #4Daystosavetheworld #TheSocialMovement #redknightstudios
July 19, 2021
The Next Gen Takes Lead - Moody AFB Girls in Aviation Day
March 8th marks the anniversary of the world's first female pilot license. On March 8, 1910, Baroness Raymonde de Laroche of Paris became the first woman licensed to fly an airplane. This week, Moody Air Force Base (www.moody.af.mil) is holding a virtual event commemorating the women who have paved the way in aviation history for future generations. In this episode we discuss the event with Colonel Russ "Bones" Cook, the Commander of the 347th Rescue Group and Lt Jessica Alcaraz, Intelligence officer, 347th Rescue Group Executive Officer, and organizer of this week's event. Tune in as we discuss why holding this event is important to them and should be important to all of us. To follow their weeklong event, Find Moody Air Force Base on Facebook! learn more at www.womenofaviationweek.iwoaw.org, www.themilieux.org and www.wai.org
March 8, 2021
Be bold and throw your hat in the ring - Col Samantha "combo" Weeks Part 2
Picking up where we left off: Col Weeks retired after serving as the Commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing, Team BLAZE, in Columbus, MS. We discuss the work still needed to recruit and retain more female aviators, discuss that self-care is not selfish, and share advice with those looking to pursue careers in the US Air Force. From realizing she wanted to fly fighter jets at a young age to flying with the USAF Thunderbirds to commanding an Air Force Flying Wing, Samantha "Combo" Weeks has done it all and much more. Currently retired from active duty Air Force, living and working in Colorado with her husband and two young boys, Sam joins us to share her stories and share advice with all of us, especially the next generation of aviators looking to join us in the skies. We discuss being bold, growing grit and realizing self-care is not selfish. This episode is shared in two parts -- Tune in for both as we learn about how she realized she wanted to fly fighter jets and how she achieved those dreams along with advice she has learned along the way. Also find her at: Athena's Voice (www.athenasvoiceusa.com)
March 2, 2021
Be Bold - Col Samantha "Combo" Weeks Part 1
From realizing she wanted to fly fighter jets at a young age to flying with the USAF Thunderbirds to commanding an Air Force Flying Wing, Samantha "Combo" Weeks has done it all and much more. Currently retired from active duty Air Force, living and working in Colorado with her husband and two young boys, Sam joins us to share her stories and share advice with all of us, especially the next generation of aviators looking to join us in the skies. We discuss being bold, growing grit and the work yet to be done. This episode is shared in two parts -- Tune in for both as we learn about how she realized she wanted to fly fighter jets and how she achieved those dreams along with advice she has learned along the way. Also find her at: Athena's Voice (www.athenasvoiceusa.com)
February 17, 2021
Fighter Pilot Mindset with Kim "KC" Campbell
Col Kim “KC” Campbell is an A-10 pilot, mother and Desert Storm vet who came under fire in Iraq. Her story is one of survival, teamwork, and quite simply, doing her job: to bring fire down on the enemy when our Army and Marine brothers and sisters request our assistance. You can read her incredible story at the link below: https://www.military.com/air-force/air-force-pilot-landed-damaged-10-warthog-using-only-cranks-and-cables.html
January 5, 2021
Jessica Ruttenber and the Women’s Initiative Team
Jessica Ruttenber, a Lt Col and pilot in the USAF, and also creator of the blog HiddenBarriers.com is on a mission to make aviation more accessible to all potential aviators through the Women’s Initiative Team. After her own experience of fighting for a chance to fly, Jess realized that she had an experience that could help others, so she joined the WIT and got to work. It’s a small group that was initiated in 2008, but recently has made some large impacts to pregnancy discrimination issues (https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1968299/air- force-reduces-barriers-for-pregnant-aviators/) and height restrictions that have been negatively impacting minorities across the military. Tune in as Jess breaks down the statistics, the impacts and the way forward that she and the WIT are working towards to break down the “hidden barriers”. Aimhighflightacademy.com
December 3, 2020
Carrie and Jenn's Reflections for Veterans Day
Jenn and Carrie sit down to talk about Veterans Day and the special meaning it has to so many. They reflect on their careers in the military, tell some stories, and celebrate a new job!
November 11, 2020
Researching the Issues with Dr. Rebecca Lutte
Jenn and Carrie are excited to share our conversation with one of the experts in the field of Aviation Research- Dr. Becky Lutte- who has been studying the barriers and complexities facing women in the aviation community. She was commissioned by the FAA Women Advisory Board to help determine ways forward that might help to increase women representation in aviation. She shares her results with us in this podcast as well as her own story of how she has worked almost all aspects of the aviation industry- including becoming a pilot and instructor herself! Join us as we discuss what the FAA and other organizations are doing to help women in aviation, what you can do and how we can all inspire others to follow our lead. We answer questions about whether STEM programs are working? What type of girls gravitate towards aviation and what the future might hold for anyone interested in flying.
November 3, 2020
Keeping it in the family- The Holladay Story
Today we have Nick and Meredith, a father and daughter, who both fell in love with aviation early in life for different reasons and continue to share their love of flying today. Dad, “aka” Nick, grew up in Hamburg, Germany, directly under the route of the Berlin Airlift. He watched the steady flow of resupply airplanes pass over head as he played in the streets and fields. The experience affected him so much that when he graduated high school, he signed up for the US Air Force (hence the t-shirt) - where he continued to pursue his passion for aviation. With his enlistment came a GI Bill, and Nick decided to use that bill to get his private pilot’s license. Meredith describes spending time at the airport watching her father fly, listening in on a handheld radio, and getting to fly with her father when he was a pilot. She now owns a flight school, Holladay Aviation, in Jacksonville, FL but her path to where she is now was not what you would expect! Listen in to learn more this unique family’s passions and vision and how it could apply to something you are doing!
October 5, 2020
A journey to achieving your dreams can be riddled with all kinds of set backs, from furloughs to budget issues to time restrictions. But you can get through all of those challenges if you stay focused on your dreams and persistent in your work. United Airlines Capt Claudia Zapata Cardone, Community Outreach for the Airline Pilots Association, joins us to share her story of achieving her dream of being an airline pilot. Claudia represents the few women (1%!!) that are airline captains, and her journey and words are inspiring. Join Jenn (since Carrie was out with Covid19!!- get better soon Carrie!) she and Claudia talk about deciding to take the leap towards commercial flying, ways to approach receiving and giving instruction, how to get out of your “this isn’t for me” mindset and find your way to your success. Claudia and Jenn navigate some of the experiences they have both had in aviation. Some things we talk about are how to handle: When every move is questioned. Getting non effective communication. Asking for more to find ways to make things less stressful. When to ask for clarification.
September 14, 2020
Raising Strong Daughters with Rob Pincus
Gender roles in the gun community seem to persist – despite the diversity of the field. Defining gender is not based on “the bathroom you chose to use” as Rob says. Rob Pincus and his daughter Cindy Lou join the Grow Her Wings podcast to talk about firearms are integrated into their family. Being a professional in weapons education and training, Rob puts a lot of emphasis on handling safety with his daughters. We all know the value of getting education on sexual health, drug and alcohol use and other possibly dangerous things in our world, it doesn’t make sense to not be educated about gun safety. Listen in as we talk about the success of I.C.E.’s Family Firearms Safety Course, examples of women like Christina Pincus, Carrie and Jenn who grew up with and used firearms, and the confidence using complex and dangerous devices like guns and airplanes gives to children. It’s not just the confidence building that is important, but the gift of knowledge on the safety and practical uses of these machines that we emphasize on this podcast. Sites: https://www.heckler-koch.com/en/products/military/submachine-guns/mp5/mp5/overview.html
August 31, 2020
"Write Your Own Story" with Captain Theresa Gathers
14 year veteran Theresa Gathers joined us to talk about all of her experience as a Security Forces professional. She started out enlisted and then commissioned. One of her greatest achievements was that she led the only AF ground movement team in all of Iraq- as the only female officer in both AF and Army– learn more about why and what she values. But the Milieux Project, Inc connects girls to aviation so why are we interviewing a cop? Tune in as We cover concepts from Bene Brown and Allyson Byrd, talk about active duty and joining the Air National Guard. Watch to find out more. Hat from @30secondsout DISCLAIMER: All of the opinions stated in this interview are those of the individual and do not reflect any position of the USAF, ANG or the DoD.
August 17, 2020
Making Space to Talk - Discussion 2
Join us for our second installment of our "Making Space to Talk" discussion series!
August 3, 2020
Jason O. Harris
Join us as we talk to Jason Harris and his daughter, Alena, to learn about their journey, family, and goals in life. What is it like for Jason to be a #GirlDad and how does he share his passion for general aviation (GA) with his daughter. Are all things timing, luck, and circumstance? Or are some people meant to be successful from the start? These are the questions we hope to answer on this episode of Grow Her Wings. Learn more about Jason at nofailtrust.com or jasonoharris.com or send him an email at email@example.com
July 29, 2020
Michele "Coach Mi" Johnson
Information on VWise and how to sign up: “Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship” – website at https://vwise.vets.syr.eduInOurImage Consulting: https://www.inourimageconsulting.com Michele Johnson is a 20 year Army Veteran who saw a need to help girls and women “clean out their filter”; teaching them positive self-images and connections to their purpose. She was recently awarded the Federal Employed Women’s Maryland Chapter Award (www.FEW.org) for her work in this field and has plans to continue her work in Atlanta, GA upon her retirement. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers only and do not reflect an official stance by the USAF, USA or the DoD.
July 15, 2020
An Introduction to Grow Her Wings
Jenn jumps right in while Carrie tells a story about allies in the office meeting. Can you see when she notices we are recording? : ) They go on to talk about how Jenn and Carrie came up with the idea to start The Milieux Project, Inc- a 501c3 non profit organization. They wanted to “give better advice than we were given.” How do we “growherwings”? This is our introduction to our podcast - Follow us as we talk to mothers, daughters, fathers and sisters about how girls find their way to flying and other cool careers. Thanks for giving us a listen! Carrie is a recently retired Special Forces Pilot who is now working for UPS full time. She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and an avid triathlete. Jenn currently serves in the Florida Air National guard and she is a Combat Search and Rescue helicopter pilot. Jenn is also a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and enjoys general aviation on her down time. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers only and
July 8, 2020