On October 4, 2017, Shaesta Waiz made aviation history when she became the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft.
Since then, she hasn’t stopped making her mark, in the skies or on the ground. Her foundation, Dreams Soar, runs inspiring outreach programs across the globe to encourage more girls and women to study and work in male-dominated spheres of STEM and aviation. And her recently published book, “Fly Girl Fly,” is a fantastic resource for teachers and parents to show children that the sky’s the limit when it comes to living out their dreams.
In this episode, Shaesta reflects on the pivotal moment she decided to empower underprivileged students and the innovative ways she’s connecting with girls around the world.
How she turned a disappointing educational experience into a positive one
How she went from having a fear of flying to managing an aircraft
Learning experience working in the military and for commercial carriers
How she built up her confidence to fly solo around the world
The mission of Dream Soar, her non-profit organization