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Shaesta Waiz Launches Podcast for Women in Aviation

Shaesta Waiz, the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft, announced her new platform AVIATE with Shaesta, which is designed for women in aviation to simply express themselves. AVIATE -- Acknowledge, Vocalize, Inclusion, Act, Travel, Evolve -- stands for the foundational themes Waiz uses to shape her conversations with some of the leading women in aviation and aerospace.Launching the platform with a podcast, AVIATE with Shaesta brings some of the most interesting women together -- trailblazers, record-setters, adventurers, entrepreneurs, mothers -- to have unguarded conversations about what it means to be a woman, especially in aviation. Season one of the podcasts will debut non-exclusively across all podcast platforms on July 30, 2021. An exclusive bonus episode is being released today with Dr. Sima Samar, human rights activist, and former Minister of Women's Affairs of Afghanistan, to discuss what the US military exit will mean for the women of Afghanistan. Waiz will attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 this week to promote the platform."By sharing the moments that challenge, test, empower, and propel us along our careers, we can better define what it means to be a woman in aviation," Shaesta said. "It is time for us to get together and surface some of the long-standing challenges women face in our beloved industry. This is how we build more understanding and empathy for one another."Tune in for episodes on topics ranging from mental health, motherhood, self-advocacy, innovation, and charting new horizons. An array of special guests includes Nicole Stott, Dr. Ellen Stofan, Stephanie Chung, Sue Sommers, Ariel Tweto, Patty Wagstaff, and more, who will join the record-setting pilot for each conversation.The youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft, Shaesta was also the first certified civilian female pilot from Afghanistan. She founded Dreams Soar, Inc. in 2014 to share her story and encourage women to follow their dreams, regardless of the challenges. After 145 days, 22 countries, 32 outreach events inspiring more than 3,000 young girls and boys, Shaesta completed her global solo journey for STEM and aviation education in 2017.Born in a refugee camp, Shaesta and her family traveled from Afghanistan to California to escape the Afghan-Soviet war. Shaesta's fascination with flying led her to pursue an education in the non-traditional field of aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees. In 2020, she was named FAA Ambassador.
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