Women's History Month: Lauren Spence
According to Women in Aviation International, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing women in aviation careers, women make up less than one third of the aviation industry. For Women's History Month, we are highlighting a few of our female team members who are excelling in aviation!
What do you do at Dallas Love Field?
I am currently working as the Airport Operations Center Supervisor.
How long have you been with the City of Dallas/Department of Aviation?
Since June 2017 when I started as an Airport Operations Officer with Airside Operations.
What drew you to aviation?
I fell in love with aviation as a child when my dad, who is an aerospace engineer, would talk about the design projects he was working on for companies like Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, etc. His energy and passion for his work inspired me to find my place in the aviation industry.
Your position is in a typically male-dominated field, how have you worked to succeed in that environment?
I am task-oriented so I focus on having my work speak for me. While working with my current teams, I try to collaborate with everyone, be open to constructive input, and maintain a positive attitude.
What advice would you give to other women entering the aviation industry?
I would give women entering the aviation industry the same advice that I give to men in the same position: seek to be known for your work ethic, adaptability, good attitude, and professionalism.
Have you had any female mentors or role models in your life?
There have been a handful of female mentors I’ve been blessed to have throughout my career but the one who stands out the most is Barbara Beauchat, the FAA Air Traffic Manager at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. After I graduated from college in 2015, I was hired as an operations manager at New Orleans Lakefront Airport and Barbara and I worked together on a handful of major projects aimed at increasing air traffic and managing large airside events. To this day, Barbara continues to provide me invaluable guidance and support.
Why is Women’s History Month important?
Particularly in aviation, Women’s History Month is important because it means we get to celebrate the diversity of human achievement. There are both men’s and women’s names that contributed to our history and there will be many more who will shape our future.
What’s the most interesting part of your job?
Every day I get to interact with almost every division in the Department of Aviation. After having worked in both Airside and Landside Operations here at Dallas Love Field, my experience in the AOC is giving me a well-rounded appreciation of the hard work every DOA employee puts in to making this a great airport for our customers.