Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Learning to Soar: Aviation Pioneer Tweet Coleman Talks International Leadership at Conference

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Learning to Soar: Aviation Pioneer Tweet Coleman Talks International Leadership at Conference

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An Oklahoma State University alumna used inspiring stories from her global travels to explain how to live life with purpose, passion and power.

"Managers give orders, but leaders create an encouraging inspiration and motivation in people," said aviation pioneer Tweet Coleman.

Federal Aviation Administration veteran Coleman, a speaker and author from Celebration, Fla., addressed the topic of international leadership during Oklahoma State University's 23rd annual Women's Business Leadership Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tulsa on Wednesday.

Coleman held up a power adapter needed by overseas travelers to plug in their electric appliances. She then gave advice on how to adapt culturally in Thailand, Dubai and England.

"I've been to many countries but these three are my favorite," said Coleman, who encouraged the women to not just travel, but live overseas.

"You want to go there and not only experience the food and the culture, but learn the people," Coleman said.

Coleman shared key points about each nation.

In Thailand, it's important to use titles, not touch Thai children on the head and not cross your legs. In Dubai, the right hand is clean, the left hand is dirty and the men and women are segregated by strict rules. The English love their tea, but are not friendly toward strangers.

Lastly, Coleman told the women to find something they loved to do.

"When you do, you will never work a day in your life," Coleman said. "If you do not find it the first time, keep looking. Do not be afraid to change jobs."

In another session Donna J. Nelson, a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma, talked about her experiences overcoming the challenges of entering the scientific workforce.

"You have to think outside the box," Nelson said. "You cannot be forced into a box and made to do what somebody else wants you to do."

Lead your own life, Nelson told the audience.

"You have to figure out a way to move yourself forward in your organization and do it in a way that you have fun while distinguishing yourself," she said. …

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