Mélanie Astles: Why Being Yourself Is Best For Business

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I checked out the season opener for the Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi where 14 of the planets best pilots are competing for their first win of the season, but there’s one, in particular, I’m here to chat with today.

Mélanie Astles is not only the first female pilot to ever compete in the competition, but she only started flying at the age of 21.

She debuted as a challenger class pilot in the competition last year and managed a historical podium finish at Indianapolis.

I grabbed a minute with her before her pre-flight checks to hear how she transformed her passion for flying to a profession and the business mindset she had to adopt, how she maintains a sense of self in a male dominated field and her mental strategies she transfers to life from flying.

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