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Inspiring change: My mission to support young women to soar

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Office team is proud to celebrate the women who have made an impact on the world. Among many, many extraordinary women who depend upon Office 365, we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Rose Earhart.

Amelia Rose Earhart at an air showInternational Women’s Day is March 8, and as we approach this day, I’m reminded of the importance of leaders who do, leaders who live, and the leaders who show us how to live the life of our dreams.

Telling a woman, “you can do anything you set your mind to,” is encouraging guidance, and a nice gesture. But when a woman is shown by another that she can use her mind, her heart and her skills to craft the life she imagines, she is given a tool she will forever take with her on her own unique journey.

That’s how it happened for me. I was named after the legendary Amelia Earhart—fearless aviatrix adventurer. This name has been the greatest gift my parents could have ever given me; they gave me a role model who led by example, dug into life with gusto and made waves that were felt around the globe and for years to come. Her example showed me what I was capable of, and her spirit has been with me throughout my entire life. Because of Amelia, I’ve spent a lifetime of pushing boundaries and getting things done. Amelia Earhart didn’t tell us to go out and spread our wings, rather she showed us how to soar.

Amelia Earhart quote

With 10 years as a pilot myself and a successful TV reporting career, I was shown the way. And now it’s my turn to show others. My mission is to support young women to live their full potential—just like the elder Amelia lived her full potential as she tirelessly worked to change the face of aviation back in the 1930s. So, I started The Fly With Amelia Foundation, which paves runways for girls who want to test their limits, accomplish big goals and live an inspired life through aviation. Moved by women all around the globe who make an impact on the world we live in, the Fly With Amelia Foundation is driven by a passion for aviation coupled with the value I put on educating young women to be all they can be.

Though the aircraft and flight planning technology has changed since Amelia’s days, the science of flight remains the same. You still need lift and thrust to overcome weight and drag, which is a great metaphor for how I live my life: optimistic, high energy and a strong belief that I can overcome any challenge.

With Office 365, I’m able to overcome many of my organizational challenges that I face on a daily basis. Whenever I need a document related to the foundation or planning information for the flight, whatever I need access to is always with me. It keeps me organized and connected to all the information I’ve created from anywhere.

Before Office 365, Amelia had her paper flight charts, log books, personal journals and maps of the globe by her side. Today, in my back pocket, I have Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Outlook all connected to OneDrive to keep me organized and productive. Accessible from anywhere on any device—from my phone in the hanger, on my iPad at the Museum or from my laptop at home—I always have everything I need with me. It’s allowed me to get over quite a few hurdles in the last year—especially useful for the Fly With Amelia Foundation.

In support of the foundation, I’m preparing to embark upon the biggest challenge of my life, to show young women everywhere that boundaries are meant to be pushed. In June 2014, I will take off on a symbolic re-creation of the first Amelia Earhart’s last flight to circumnavigate the globe in 1937—making me the youngest woman to ever complete the flight in a single engine airplane.

Nervous? Yes. Panicked? No way. In principle, we plan our routes to places that have weather and conditions that we can handle. For a pilot, calm winds, great visibility, a smooth ride are all things that make flying fun, effortless and beautiful. Incidentally, these are the same experiences, support and confidence I get from using Office 365.

Amelia Earhart went out and lived the life she loved, and I am fortunate to say that I am now doing the same, while showing other young women that they can live their dreams, too.

–Amelia Rose Earhart

Amelia Rose EarhartAmelia Rose Earhart–TV reporter, aviation enthusiast, and founder of The Fly With Amelia Foundation–is passionate about supporting young women to do great things, and she credits Office 365 for helping her make their dreams come true.

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