Styled by Style HawkPhotographs by Lissa GotwalsCreative direction by Jesma ReynoldsSpring is a time of renewal. Time to shed winter layers, simplify, and look forward. Walter asked six Raleigh women of uncommon style, presence, and accomplishment to allow us to photograph them in some of the season’s freshest looks. Raleigh stylists Helen Wallace and Alex Long helped each woman choose clothes that suited her individual style – something they do regularly with their business, Style Hawk. Clothes, Wallace and Long say, have power. “Looking and feeling your best will give you an inner confidence,” they say. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be true to who you are and don’t be afraid to take risks.” Raleigh’s restored Merrimon-Wynne House served as the light-filled setting for our photo shoot, lending a timeless aura to photographs of individual beauty and classic chic.Melissa PedenRaleigh native Melissa Peden has been a groundbreaking force in the art world here for several decades. She is also the mother of three adult children, the grandmother of four, and the wife of artist Robert Irwin. An art gallery owner for many years and a pioneer of the open-door First Fridays that thrive today, she has also served on the boards of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum, and Raleigh Fine Arts Society, among others. She is currently on the NCMA’s Artists’ Link Team and on the capital campaign committee for N.C. State’s Gregg Museum.Describing her own style, Peden says “At this point in life, I am simplifying, and not just in what I wear.” She says a friend describes her look as “classic with an edge.” Peden she says she liked “the elegance of the long skirt and the casual shirt” she wears here. “Elegance combined with casual, I like very much.” MiH white shirt, Beanie + Cecil, Wilmington; Isabel Marant skirt, Vermillion,Raleigh; Necklace + jewelry, Raleigh Denim and model’s own; Suede flats, Main & Taylor, RaleighJodi StrenkowskiJodi Strenkowski, 30, is the owner of the Merrimon-Wynne House. It was the site of our Style shoot and, since it opened in January, has been the location of many weddings, fundraisers and festivities. A native of Ontario, Strenkowski has called Raleigh home for 3 years.“I loved that the outfit really felt like something that I would normally wear,” she says of her clothes here, “It was a mix of business and fun, and it felt like something that I could wear from a meeting to a night out…it made me feel happy and super comfortable.” Haute Hippie blazer, Gena Chandler Raleigh; Tank, T by Alexander Wang, Beanie + Cecil, Wilmington; ‘Haywood’ High-rise jeans, Raleigh Denim; Vans shoes, J.Crew Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh; Necklace, Quercus Studio, RaleighCarmen FelderCarmen Felder, 26, is a dancer with the Carolina Ballet. Despite her obvious grace, she describes herself as “eclectic,” if not “an oddball.” That’s because her interests are so varied, ranging from reading for hours on end, to knitting, to cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes. She is also a fan of Olympic sports. “I am, in fact, one of those people who love curling,” she says.As for style, Felder says she loved her clothes in this photo. “I felt sophisticated in the outfit,” she says. “The sweater reminded me a little of a vintage tennis game, and I loved how long and tall I felt in the pants. I would wear it again in an instant.” Rag & Bone Talia Sweater and MiH Marrakesh Flares, Beanie + Cecil, WilmingtonShannon WolfShannon Wolf, 40, is the co-owner, with her husband Jake, of the downtown restaurant Capital Club 16. She is also a freelance writer and TV producer who over the past 15 years has worked for networks including Oxygen, Discovery, VH1 and others. At the restaurant, she does “a lot of the behind the scenes things,” including events. She is also the mother of two children, ages 4 and 6.“The outfit was definitely something I would wear on the regular. I love Raleigh Denim – a definite go-to of mine. The blouse is very pretty, classic mixed with lovely lace, and the hat perfect for a sunny day and picnics in the park.” Haute Hippie blouse, Gena Chandler Raleigh; ‘Surry’ Jeans, Raleigh Denim; Hat, Raleigh Denim; Jewelry and boots, model’s ownEve HobgoodEve Hobgood, 36, is a photographer whose Petite Simone Photography business specializes in children and families. She is the mother of two children, ages 2 and 3, and a recent Raleigh resident after eight years in New York City.“The Row dress that I wore was absolutely gorgeous,” she says. “It made me feel beautiful, it fit perfectly, and all I wanted to do was wear it home and never take it off! Hint hint to my man.” The Row dress, Vermillion, Raleigh; Brass cuff, Raleigh Denim; Earrings, model’s ownAnn WhitehurstAnn Whitehurst, 36, is an associate creative director at a marketing agency, the mother of two children, ages 1 and 3, and a North Carolina native. She describes herself as an optimist, an artist, a writer, and a strategist. “I love watching my kids learn anything,” she says. She also loves “creating anything, and being outside – close to the ocean, and being in the mountains.” She says her personal style is “classic with a hint of the unexpected.”“I love that fashion gives us the opportunity to be fearless, even if it’s in small ways,” she says. “That’s what I loved about the dress — it was so simple and flattering, but the midriff cutout gave it a little bohemian edge.” A.L.C dress, Beanie + Cecil, Wilmington; Feather cuff with diamonds, Quercus Studio RaleighStyle Hawk’s Essentials for Springtop row from left:H&M Long Jacket – Triangle Town Center, Crabtree Valley Mall, and hm.comJ.Crew Prima jersey pocket tank – Crabtree Valley Mall and jcrew.comCalypso St. Barth tunic – Fleur North Hills, Raleighmiddle row from left:J.Crew Vans – Crabtree Valley Mall and jcrew.comJane Pope Jewelry + Style Hawk collab. – Evil eye necklace with white diamond – style-hawk.com, janepopejewelry.comGap Espadrille sandals – Crabtree Valley Mall and other area locations, and gap.combottom row from left:Madewell High riser skinny skinny jeans – Crabtree Valley Mall and madewell.comMadewell Flea market flares – Crabtree Valley Mall and madewell.comStyle Hawk’s Alex Long and Helen Wallace
ATR’s vice president and head of marketing Zuzana Hrnkova joins RGN deputy editor John Walton to talk about the past, present and future of the turboprop airframer.What is ATR, and where do its two aircraft types, the ATR 72 and 42, fit in the aviation spectrum? How are they different from the rest of the market? Why are turboprops more efficient, with a lower environmental impact, than jet aircraft? What’s the ATR-42S short-takeoff-and-landing version, and why is ATR proposing it? Just how many missions need an 800-metre runway, and where?How has the passenger experience aboard ATR’s turboprops changed over the years, and how has the Armonia cabin helped? Just how have ATR and Geven fit 18-inch-wide seats into a turboprop fuselage, and are airlines still requesting seats with recline?And lastly, how is ATR’s work to bring induction loop technology for Deaf and hard of hearing passengers going? What is the solution looking like, and how will it be implemented? Listen below for answers.Also, every episode of In Conversation is available on iTunes. A transcript of this podcast will also be published on this page shortly: please email email@example.com with any feedback on formatting or with any recommendations for increasing its accessibility to the widest possible audience.Audio Playerhttps://audio.simplecast.com/a8500211.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
“We have put together a good strategy for the company, and the challenge is to execute this strategy while also still adapting to constant change around us. Technology brings a lot of opportunities to the business and is very dynamic. It challenges us to become more agile in our adoption of new technology,” Felten notes.That adaptation will, of course, require fresh insights and new ways of thinking, and Felten offers some advice for anyone considering joining the aviation industry: “Go with your strengths and passion. Make sure you enjoy and are interested in what you are studying! You will learn your life long and there are not many people who spend their whole life in the same area they studied.”Crucially, Felten says, “the aviation industry offers very different job opportunities from technical, financial, commercial to operational roles. So there are a lot of ways to get in to aviation. Don’t let anybody tell you can’t do it — maybe not yet, but don’t shy away from a challenge. It will be a learning experience. And if you fail, that is not a bad thing: the best lessons come from failure.”And now, she notes, “I work with interesting and great people on complex problems or opportunities. Every day is different at an airport and I love the diversity in the job!”Brisbane is one of Australia’s most important airports. Image: Brisbane AirportRelated Articles:Dulles team reminds women that airport management is a career optionPittsburgh International Airport’s recovery fueled by girl powerDublin Airport’s Valerie Price on driving change and innovationPursuing Leadership: Delta SVP Allison Ausband’s advice to womenOp-Ed: A woman’s place is in the flight deck and the C-SuiteAirport concessions overseer Juanita Britton began career as busy beeFrom Sydney to Doha, Fordyce-Wheeler helps airport design take offWendy Francette-Williams’ mission: transform Caribbean aviationDelhi airport’s Kiran Jain on being proud to be an Alpha Woman Felten’s career at Schiphol prepared her well for this sort of strategic management challenge, with a wide variety of roles, largely technical, from maintenance to information technology to project management and sustainability. “In my last role I was responsible for asset management at Schiphol: the development and maintenance of all the infrastructure, terminals, runways, roads, utilities, et cetera,” Felten tells Runway Girl Network.“I always had a wish to work more internationally so when I got the opportunity to go on a secondment to Brisbane Airport for three to five years I jumped at the opportunity and moved with my family to Australia half a year ago.”The scale of the expansion is itself challenging. Image: Brisbane AirportFelten spent the first seven years of her career in the steel industry, which she describes as “a very technical, rough and male dominated environment, where I discovered that being different — female, without a technical background — actually enabled me to add a lot of value to the organization. I could bring things that were very scarce in that organization and that gave me lots of opportunities and learning experiences. It was very challenging at times, but it’s been one of the best and most impactful experiences in my career.”That career started with a Business Administration degree in university, which suited the market at the time, and Felten highlights what many students and people considering careers in aviation know: the industry and its people needs are changing rapidly.“Like many, I think I was always attracted by the dynamics of aviation. Connecting people, enabling people to travel, airports as the places that bring the people and the planes together — but also interesting in the sense of its complexity, technology and diversity of work,” Felten says, highlighting that her key to success has been “a good mix of hard work, always eager to learn and not afraid to take on a challenge, combined with some luck, would probably sum it up. I’ve been fortunate with the opportunities I’ve had.The new runway is a crucial step to expansion for the airport. Image: Brisbane AirportIn Brisbane, Felten arrives in the office around 8am, and spends most of her day discussing the issues at hand with the airport team, airlines, government agencies, universities, and startups. With responsibility for innovation and the digital space, she’s always on the lookout for new technologies that can improve passenger experience and the airport’s operations, and she gets into the terminals and airside operations to get a feel for how it’s all going. When Floor Felten, executive general manager for strategy, planning and technology at Brisbane Airport, arrived in Australia after sixteen years working at Amsterdam Schiphol, the challenges facing her weren’t just adjusting to the work and social culture in a country on the other side of the planet from her native Netherlands.In Brisbane, she drives the strategy for one of Australia’s principal airports (and the largest by size, some 2700 hectares), planning capacity, business development, the digital world and overall technology implementations. It’s no mean feat with a new airport master plan due next year covering the next twenty, and a new runway for the airport due to be completed within the next year.
“The idea is to bring companies together, no longer be closed, but make use of our expertise, expertise in the industry, and bringing the right people together to solve a certain problem or to help in the new stuff,” Gaense says. “We no longer insist on it has to be the BoardConnect IFE front end, we’re actually okay to help a partner bring their IT solution on board. And I think that’s where we can add a good value, having the legacy of 25-year-old IT company that has an awesome amount of experience in airline IT.”LHS’ range of partner companies is expanding beyond the Lufthansa Group. Image: Lufthansa SystemsA system that just provides streaming entertainment can’t play the digitization hub role that Lufthansa System foresees. It is notable, though, that the company developed a new generation of the BoardConnect Portable box as recently as at the APEX Expo in September last year, focusing on its inflight entertainment abilities.Inasmuch as the ‘package in a box’ solution might survive, therefore, “airlines are looking for a turnkey to design, they’ll look for a turnkey solution that gives them the space in the cabin or look for something that they can plug in, integrate with their entire travel chain to make it a seamless experience,” Gaense highlights.Enabling customer payments securely is part of the picture. Image: Lufthansa SystemsThat travel chain is already well under development, with numerous airline groups and even smaller independent airlines — as well as other players in the passenger experience world all the way up to OEMs — operating their own technology incubators. “Who are we to think we can do better than them?” Gaense asks. “Obviously, they’ve decided this is important to them. This is key knowledge they want to have. Let’s not fight them, but let’s help them to enable what they want to achieve.”Lufthansa Systems sees itself as an open platform for airlines and their partners. Image: Lufthansa SystemsRelated Articles:Lufthansa Systems makes the case for better flight management with IFCLufthansa Systems touts smart caching in advance of EAN launchLufthansa rethinking IFEC experience with an eye on future-proofingRiM/MiM consolidate commerce platform amid Lufthansa consolidationSafer, powered, Iridium NEXT-connected BoardConnect Portable unveiledLufthansa to use latest UTAS AID for much more than integrating EFBsLufthansa Systems talks current and future connectivity, integrationPress Release: LS includes partners in expanded BoardConnect portfolio Lufthansa Systems is pivoting away from focusing on its BoardConnect onboard streaming IFE product, and is repositioning itself as an IT systems provider, while offering its onboard platform as an option for the centre of digitalization onboard the aircraft. “We’re into IT” is the new slogan, and the move is no less than a “transformation”, Lufthansa Systems’ head of passenger experience products & solutions Jan-Peter Gaense told Runway Girl Network at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.In terms of products, Gaense says, “I do believe in wireless IFE only. It’s just not going to be a market in five to six years anymore — or a sustainable market. There’ll always be a market but you need to differentiate and come up with cooler things and other solutions that give you bigger volumes, bigger markets.”The reality in this medium term is that the vast majority of jet aircraft will be equipped with either seatback inflight entertainment, streaming-capable inflight connectivity, or both.The “buy a box and pop it in the overhead for streaming” option, as far as Lufthansa Systems goes, is not the future, though it continues to offer a next-gen version of its BoardConnect Portable hardware (a white-labeled Kontron box developed in collaboration with LS).In the future, says Gaense in reference to wireless IFE, “I think we have to move away from that because what happens in the cabin is no longer isolated from what happens outside the cabin. Airlines and partners look for a solution that integrates with their travel chain. Look at how cool apps have got on baggage tracing. When I check in now, drop off my bag, I get a message: ‘Your bag has been accepted.’ That’s pretty cool stuff but once I get on board of an aircraft? All the digital cool gimmicks on the ground, they seem to have forgotten about me.”Moving beyond wireless IFE is crucial to the future, the company thinks. Image: Lufthansa SystemsTo that end, Lufthansa Systems is now focusing on enabling its partners to deliver that sort of digitized passenger experience via the framework it calls BoardConnect Dock, highlighting its work with Mahata at Citilink and Garuda Indonesia, plus Epteca at Air Europa, on the airline integration side. It also lists a wide range of partners including WhileFly, repay.me, Touch, Lasker, IMM, PXCOM, IMD, optile, INADVIA, RIM and Lufthansa Technik.