IBM Academies

Tammie Jo Shults displayed amazing calm in the face of catastrophe while saving the lives of 148 people aboard Southwest Flight 1380. In this presentation, Shults illustrates how her journey prepared her perfectly for that extraordinary day in the cockpit. She talks openly about the obstacles she had to overcome being a woman in the male-dominated field of naval aviation, of ignoring the word “no”, and becoming one of the Navy’s first female F-18 Hornet Fighter Pilots. Audiences hear powerful flight-deck recordings between Shults and air-traffic control chronicling the chilling moments when the plane’s left engine exploded, plunging the airliner more than 18,000 feet in the first five minutes alone. Shults offers lessons in leadership, service through sacrifice, and the value of human life.