On June 22, API’s Sheryl Barden joined Sarah Kalmeta (aka Sarah the Pivoter) in The Lounge to discuss “Joie de Vivre.” Translation: the “Joy of Living.”

In the podcast, the two discussed:

-Aviation employment issues, including the talent shortage and pilot professionalism
-The importance of Joie de Vivre when looking for a job, looking for a new hire and in day to day life
-Opportunities as a female leader in a male dominated field

Sheryl is particularly regarded for applying her extensive background in employee search, screening and coaching to fulfill aviation recruiting and human resource consulting needs and is a member of the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA), Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA), Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the NBAA Advisory Council. She is a former member of the NBAA’s Board of Directors and former Chair of the NBAA Advisory Council. For six years, she served on the NBAA’s Corporate Aviation Management Committee. Additionally, she’s past president of the International Women’s Forum of Northern California.

A fan of golf, travel and Mardi Gras, this New Orleans native loves food, wine fashion and living life to the fullest while exemplifying excellence in all her endeavors. She believes you can harness joie de vivre in your own life by pursuing insane interests, consuming passions, and constant sources of gratification that do not depend on the approval of others.

I am extremely excited to bring this powerful woman in business aviation on the show – she has contributed much to the industry over her career and is part of making sure we continue to learn, grow and evolve together.

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I’m on a mission to inspire millions to chase after their dreams and fall in love with life again, without the crash and burn[out]. After all, it’s all just a game! How do you want to play?

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