2018 Women in Aerospace Speakers
Fariba E Alamdari, Ph.D
Vice President, Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
In 2006, she joined Boeing from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, where she served as chair of the university’s Department of Air Transport, and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Manufacturing and Science. She has published extensively on aviation-related issues.
Fariba is a strong advocate of diversity and is a speaker at diversity forums. She believes in a compassionate leadership style focused on achieving results based on trust and respect for all. She has served on the board of directors of many non-profit organizations including Neighborcare Health, British American Business Council, and University of Washington Bothell.
She is recipient of several awards including: “Woman of the Year” by Air Transport News in 2016, “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” from The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) in 2016, “Leadership Award” from the Centre for Women & Democracy in 2015, the “Professional Award” from Career Communication Group, Inc in 2011, “Professional Practice Recognition Award” from State University of New York Institute of Technology, School of Business in 2010.
Fariba received a PhD and a Master degree from Cranfield University in the UK. She is married, and has a son and a daughter.
Director, Commercial Marketing, Boeing Global Services
Michelle received a B.S. in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in April 1987 and began her career at McDonnell Douglas-Douglas Aircraft Company in September 1987. She received her MBAA from Embry-Riddle in 1993. Michelle spent ten years with Douglas Aircraft Company in the Spares organization, most notably as the Account Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean. With the merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas in 1997, Michelle was offered a position in Seattle with the Business Development group of Airline Logistics Support, and subsequently moved to the Puget Sound area in March 1998. She then accepted a management position with Boeing Commercial Airplanes Marketing and spent ten years as the Senior Manager of the Creative Marketing Services group. In September 2010, Michelle took the position of Director, Services Product Marketing. In this position, Michelle was responsible for leading the development of marketing materials used to shape the market and successfully position service offerings, leading a team of product experts who engage customers worldwide, and for supporting Commercial Aviation Services business units in their product development efforts and for their overall marketing requirements.
With the inauguration of Boeing Global Services in 2017, Michelle took on the role of Director, Commercial Marketing and continues to further the marketing strategy that supports product development and sales initiatives. Michelle is married and has two children. She enjoys family time, reading, watching movies and taking long walks.
Ground Segment Lead and Senior Manager, Insitu
Tanya Friberg is the Ground Segment Manager on the Product Team for Insitu. In this role she is responsible for all of the products that support the Air Vehicles. These teams are the Launchers, Recovery Systems, Ground Control Stations and Site Systems. Tanya is driving Insitu to become more product focused. In this model, the Product Team has the responsibility and accountability for “cradle to grave” lifecycle management of our products.
Tanya joined the Insitu team in 2009 as an Integrated Product Team Lead for Launch and Recovery. She led the team of engineers through the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of Insitu’s first program of record with the RQ-21 contract. In this role, Tanya has worked closely with suppliers to deliver the STUAS Recovery System and the Mark 4 Launcher.
Prior to working with Insitu, Tanya spent a decade in the high-tech and commercial markets, including her time as a design engineer for Hewlett Packard where she contributed to network based server and printer products. She began her career as finite element analyst supporting designs in military tracked vehicles.
Tanya earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Ohio State University. She holds also holds additional leadership certifications from the Boeing Leadership Center.
Account Manager, UTC Aerospace Systems
Yuliya is a Business Development Manager at UTC Aerospace Systems. She began her career as a co-op student at Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute) in Flint, MI, starting out as a Project Engineer with Hamilton Sundstrand. With over 10 years with the company, she has experienced a variety of roles and growing responsibilities, including Project Engineering, Commodity Management, and Program Management. While on a field assignment with the UTC Marketing group, Yuliya found her passion for Business Development, specifically customer relationship management and strategy development.
In 2011, she was offered an opportunity to take that passion into petroleum industry and for the next five years Yuliya led international commercial projects at General Atomics in San Diego.
She believes that strong relationships with customers and suppliers are key to high performance levels and executing tough projects.
In late 2016, Yuliya moved to Seattle to return to her roots in aerospace with UTC Aerospace Systems. She currently supports Boeing Commercial Airplanes as an on-site liaison for the Sensors and Integrated Systems business unit of UTAS.
Yuliya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from University of Connecticut. She enjoys all the beautiful hiking opportunities PNW has to offer.
Mechanical Engineer, Blue Origin LLC
Kate Scully is a Mechanical Engineer at Blue Origin, a private aerospace company based in Kent, WA, and a passionate advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM. She currently works on the Launch Operations team for New Shepard, Blue Origin's suborbital rocket. Previously, she was responsible for the production and testing of the vehicle's hydraulic pump system. Kate founded and chairs Blue Origin's employee-driven Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. She is also a board member for the Seattle chapter of Lesbians Who Tech, a community of queer women, non-binary people, and their allies in tech.
Kate is originally from San Diego and received her degree from Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts.
Chief Technology Officer and Founder, Zepher
The passion and focus of Ms. Mack’s engineering career has been the design and manufacture of composite structures. As an R&D leader in UAS systems, she has had the opportunity to influence and drive engineering teams to greater technological discoveries and manufacturing advancements. She now continues to contribute to the advancement of unmanned systems sector though her role as Chief Technical Officer at Zepher, a rapidly growing aerospace manufacturing company she co-founded in 2002. Prior to joining Zepher, Mack was a Lead Design Engineer at Insitu, where she managed a team of six talented design engineers in the development of the next generation UAV platform. She also worked in the composites field for 10 years, working for North Sails 3DL, Hexcel and Innovative Composite Engineering.
Flight Sciences Engineer, Zunum Aero
Petek Saracoglu is a Flight Sciences Engineer at Zunum Aero. Her love for aviation traces back to being awed by flying over the Atlantic as a child, and led her to a BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and an MS in Aeronautics from the University of Washington. After working at The Loads Group in Seattle for a few years, Petek joined Zunum Aero to fulfill a lifelong dream to help design something that flies, and to help make air travel more accessible and sustainable. She is currently working on her pilot's license and has broken a record as her instructor's longest running student!
General Manager, Valence Surface Technologies, Everett Operations
Page Oatis is the General Manager at Valence Surface Technologies Everett. Page is responsible for leading plant management in day to day operations – focused on achieving targeted business results, including safety and regulatory compliance, quality, delivery, productivity, customer service and financial performance.
Before becoming GM, Page was an operations manager at Valence for sites in California and Washington. Prior to joining Valence, she was a production manager at Omnifab, and before that, a production supervisor at Pioneer. Page started her aerospace career nearly a decade ago with Pioneer Industries, as a manufacturing support tech.
Page has a MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix, both of which she earned while working in the aerospace industry full time.
Chari was born to an Air Force family that settled in Seattle in 1979 when Boeing was the only show in town and Folgers was still the coffee of choice.
Chari earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and an MBA in International Finance nearly 30 years ago and joined the information technology sector where she has spent her career consulting enterprise corporations and government entities to implement applications to advance their business processes into the information age. Chari established branch offices and a solid client base in the Pacific Northwest for five software technology firms, including two foreign firms, as Regional Manager and Director.
In 2014 Chari formed an independent consulting company. She currently represents a UK software company in business development to Aerospace and Defense companies on the West Coast.
Managing Director, Portfolio Marketing, Boeing Capital Corporation
Beth Notari plans to retire in May, 2018 from her position as Managing Director, Portfolio Marketing in Boeing Capital Corporation. She has spent the past eleven years in various sales and marketing positions at Boeing, during which she has been a constant advocate for the advancement of women in the company.
Prior to re-joining Boeing, Beth spent ten years in the aircraft leasing industry, first as a VP, Technical Services at Boullioun Aviation, and later as a consultant for several banks and lessors.
Beth started her aerospace career in 1984 as an electrical engineer at the Boeing Aerospace Company. She spent the following thirteen years in a variety of Boeing positions, mostly in the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales, Marketing, and Contracts organizations.
Beth has a degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from Seattle University. Her future plans include golf, yachting, reading and writing, grand parenting, and continuing to mentor younger members of the workforce.
President and CEO, Strategy Clicks
Shelley’s disarming, professional – and fun! – style allows for a creative and innovative process to develop leaders who produce results that are immediate, that matter, and that last. Building on over 20 years of experience in business, executive coaching and human performance, Shelley creates tools designed for how the brain and business naturally work together to help clients create strategies and leadership approaches that energize the organization.
Prior to launching her consulting practice, Shelley was the Vice President of Corporate Leadership and Development for a national insurance services company. Shelley’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. Department of Defense and organizations in aerospace, manufacturing, technology, health care, natural resources, and other industries.
With an MBA specializing in leadership and performance, Shelley has been a faculty member and curriculum consultant for the MBA and leadership programs at City University of Seattle, Bellevue College and Everett Community College. In addition, Shelley is a Certified Executive Coach, has an Associate in Risk Management, and is a faculty member for the US Navy’s Lean Six Sigma College where she teaches the people side of continuous process improvement.
Retired Owner, J&M Machine
Marjorie started working in aerospace in 1969. At that time only one other women worked in the small male owned machine shop where she had just taken a position. Industrywide it was possible to count the number of women in aerospace on fewer than 5 fingers. Mike, the shop owner, was the first man Marjorie knew who hired women in his business and encouraged them to move into leadership positions.
Marjorie left aerospace for a period of 6 years during which time she opened, owned, and sold two successful restaurants in Seattle and Bothell. Returning to aerospace in 1979 Marj rejoined Mike’s company, this time as General Manager. Marjorie and Mike worked together for 5 years after which Marjorie worked for another manufacturer until she started a consulting business. For the next decade Marjorie was hired as a “turnaround” expert who saved several failing manufacturing companies and sold them for a profit for their male owners.
In 2001, during a historic down turn in the aerospace industry, Marjorie had the stomach, grit and fortitude to start J & M Machine. In the fifteen years of ownership there were high highs and low lows, industry changes, and an unprecedented financial recession. But through her leadership, expectations of quality/on time deliveries and loyalty to her employees Marjorie grew a very successful aerospace business. Her employee retention was very high; her business was solid, and her reputation for integrity and fair dealing never wavered.
Highlights of her career include being the only woman present for the roll out of the 747; taking on Boeing and winning; and having employees thank her for her guidance in starting their businesses and then emulating her leadership.
Marjorie is definitely an aerospace industry pioneer.
Trade Commissioner for Aerospace, Defense and Security, Consulate General of Canada, Seattle
Monica Tate is the Trade Commissioner for Aerospace, Defense, and Security at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, which covers the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska on behalf of the Canadian Federal Government by promoting Canada's economic interests in territory. Her responsibilities include export market development, advocacy and foreign market access activities, understanding and analyzing trade policy, attracting foreign investment to Canada, identifying and communicating business leads, fostering strategic alliances, linking Canadian businesses to global value chains, supporting licensing and venture capital linkages, promoting joint-venture partnering and foreign equity investment, facilitating R&D collaboration and technology transfer, and facilitating Canadian direct investment abroad. In her previous life, Monica was the Aerospace Business Development Manager for the State of Washington, a Director with the Boeing Company in the Business Strategy, International Sales and Branding divisions, and a Territory Manager at Microsoft. She graduated with honors with two BA’s from the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, holds certifications as a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), as well as in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Wisconsin’s Fluno Center for Executive Education, and Market Leadership and Business Globalization from the Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis. Monica has lived and worked internationally for thirteen years and speaks five languages.
Chief Executive Officer, PNAA
Melanie Jordan is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, the oldest and largest aerospace trade organization in the Pacific Northwest. A pilot and seasoned aviation enthusiast, Jordan has worked in the aerospace industry for four decades. Prior to working with PNAA, she served on the organization’s board of directors for five years while working as an aviation consultant for Aviation Liaison Services. She was the Founding President of the Future of Flight Foundation, is an advisor to the Historic Flight Foundation and has made a career working to improve aviation and aerospace throughout the region.
Business Development Manager, PNAA
Fiona McKay joined the PNAA as Business Development Director, on the anniversary of her 10th year in Aerospace. Her principal responsibilities include the development and strengthening of relationships with both the Pacific Northwest and International Aerospace community, supporting the development and delivery of the PNAA’s networking and market intelligence events, and using her knowledge of the industry to enhance the evolution of PNAA’s mission and growth.
Prior to joining the PNAA Fiona worked for Parker Aerospace as Key Account Manager to Boeing, where she oversaw the relationship between constituent business divisions and the customer, driving premier business execution and cultivating growth opportunities. Fiona also previously worked for Rolls-Royce in their Seattle office as Customer Business Director to Boeing where she was responsible for managing the relationship between the Boeing and Rolls-Royce Sales and Marketing teams and the development and delivery of the associated Account Management Plan.