Amelia Earhart Luncheon
Posted on 02/01/2017
On Saturday, January 28th, 6 Eureka! participants had to opportunity to attend the Amelia Earhart Luncheon at the Southern Museum of Flight thanks to Ellen Grady. The purpose of the luncheon is to raise funds for the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum and to award the Mary Alice Beatty scholarship, dedicated to preserving the legacy of the pilot and creator of the Southern Museum of Flight. Local aviation businesses were present to allow the young attendees to connect and network with those in the field of aviation and aerospace. The highlight of the event was the guest speaker, Dr. Deborah Barnhart. Dr. Barnhart is the CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, following a decades long career in the Navy, commercial industry, government, aerospace and defense. With the reminder that we only have once chance to live our lives, she shared her journey and how she transitioned from being a naval captain to a top executive in aerospace technology and defense. Dr. Barnhart has a history of leading the way for women, being one of the first 10 women assigned to duty aboard ships in the navy. However, as she addressed the young attendees at the luncheon, she asserted that being a women never held her back from pursuing her goals. In the aviation and aerospace field she says, “There is no glass ceiling or, if it exists, I just didn’t notice it when I went through it.” Surrounded by women achieving in the field of aviation and aerospace, our Eureka! girls came face to face with real-life examples of women who not only pursued their dreams to find success but are finding ways to help others do the same.