Confirmed Speakers

16th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference
March 10-12, 2005 in Dallas, TX

Colleen Barrett

Colleen C. Barrett is currently President and Corporate Secretary for Southwest Airlines Co., a high frequency, low-fare, point-to-point airline that prides itself in its excellent customer service qualities. Barrett oversees management, leader-ship, and budget responsibilities for every major area of the airline, and is frequently seen slipping into a seat onboard Southwest flights. She is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Company’s Executive Planning Committee, and she chairs numerous special teams, task forces, and committees relating to internal and external Southwest Customers. Barrett has served as Secretary of the Corporation for Southwest Airlines since March 1978; and served as Vice President Administration from 1986 to 1990, Executive Vice President Customers from 1990 to 2001, and President and CEO from 2001 to August 2004.

Prior to joining Southwest (in 1978), sheworked for several years as an Executive Assistantto Herb Kelleher (Southwest’s current Chairman)at his law firm. She and Kelleher came to South-west Airlines together, and together have helpedto shape its unique and successful customer-oriented service model.

Barrett is divorced; has one son and one grand-son; is active in numerous civic and charitable or-ganizations in Dallas, Texas; is active in various state political campaigns; and has served on numerous boards and commissions. She graduated with highest honors from Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1964.


Capt. Kimberly Black, USAF

U.S. Air Force Captain Kim Black is confident she has the best job in the world. She flies B-1B Bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, located near the Black Hills of South Dakota. Black has de-ployed to Afghanistan for the U.S. Air Force to support our efforts to stomp out terrorism there. Black’s career began in high school in San Angelo, Texas, with her participation in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). She completed a private pilot training course in high school, and completed the civilian course while in the ROTC program at San Angelo State University. Flying is Black’s passion, and the B1B bomberis, according to her, one of the greatest airplanes on earth.


Chandy Clanton

Chandy Clanton is not your average airshow performer. At age 32, she is a nine year veteran of the business, a world class aerobatic competitor, a type rated pilot in the high-tech Learjet and the vintage DC-3, a mentor to young aerobatic pilots, the daughter of an aviator and an aviatrix, and the mother of two future aviators. Plus, she flies an innovative and spectacular airshow routine that features extreme precision aerobatics in an awesome state-of-the-art 340-horsepower Edge 540 built by Zivko Aeronautics in Guthrie, Oklahoma. A two-time member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team, Clanton flew at the 2003 World Aerobatic Championships and most recently qualified to compete a the 2005 Championships in Spain. While Clanton’s passion for aerobatics is obvious, it is no comparison to the delight she derives from raising her children. When she’s not flying or wrangling kids, Clanton serves as president of Bank Iowa Corporation, an Iowa based organization of independent banks in seventeen locations.


Ellen Engleman Connors

Ellen G. Engleman Connors became the 10th Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on March 24, 2003. She will serve a 5-year term as Member, which expires on December 31,2007. Chairman Connors was Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) from September 2001 until March 2003, where she was responsible for 2.2 million miles of pipeline, the 800,000 daily shipments of hazardous materials, emergency transportation, and the coordination of the Department of Transportation’s research and development.

Chairman Connors has a Master’s of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. and B.A. from the Indiana University. She is an officer in the U.S.Naval Reserve.


Ralph Hood

Ralph Hood grew up along Coastal Georgia, and became a pilot and aircraft salesman in Alabama. Along the way, he graduated from Clemson University. Hood says that through grit, determination and superior intelligence, “I was able to completemy four years of college in five years.”During the 1980s, Hood wrote a newspaper column and taught aviation management for Southern Illinois University. Today, Hood is a full time professional speaker whose travels have taken him from coast to coast and border to border. Hood compares flying an airplane to life itself in his uniquely humorous style. His workshops sales, team building, motivation and customer service can change your bottom line and re-inspire you.


Gretchen Jahn

Gretchen Jahn brings to Mooney 30 years experience in manufacturing and IT leadership.P reviously, she has been founder, CEO and Chairman of Aegis Analytical Corporation, a manufacturer of quality compliance and performance software for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology manufacturers. She’s held executive positions at MDC Holdings, Home American Mortgage and MIS, Inc. She has led teams to implement compliance and process improvements that conform with manufacturing regulations from the DoD,FDA and USDA.

Ms. Jahn received her BA with honors from Lawrence University and her MA from the University of Colorado. She also obtained her Certificatein Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). As an avid pilot for 20 years, she is a member of the 99s, the Colorado Pilots Association, and on the Board of the Air Race Classic, Inc. She races her airplane in several cross-country air races every year.

Jahn believes that a company must have an intense focus on the customer. Companies should show that commitment by consistently delivering high quality products and services to customers in a manner that meets their expectations. She’s bringing this customer focus to Mooney to continue to build customer confidence in the Mooney brand, today.


U.S. Representative John L. Mica

U.S. Representative John L. Mica is currently serving his sixth term in the 108th Congress representing Florida’s 7th Congressional District, which stretches across six counties from the suburban areas north of Orlando to the Jacksonville city limits. Major cities in the district include Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Deltona, DeLand, Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Palatka.

Rep. Mica serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Government Reform Committee and the House Administration Committee. He has spearheaded legislative efforts to improve our nation’s infrastructure and to expedite Florida’s highway and interstate expansion. Mica has also led efforts to develop local and state transportation alternatives.

Prior to joining the House, Mica was a successful businessman in real estate development, communications and international trade consulting. In 1973, the Florida Jaycees recognized Mica’s work in reorganizing local government by awarding him the Florida State Good Government Award. As a member of the Florida House of Representatives (1976-1980), Mica served on the Appropriations, the Select Energy, the Ethics and Elections and the Community Affairs Committees. He was recognized for his service by being name done of Florida’s Five Outstanding Young Men in 1978. Mica is a graduate of the University of Florida (1967) and Miami-Dade Community College (1965). He is active in national and community affairs, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Politics.