Retired aviation maverick, Lt. Col. Olga E. Custodio, to speak on Feb. 8

Cultural Programs presents retired pilot Lt. Col. Olga E. Custodio, “Lessons from the Flight Deck: Overcoming Doubt/Imposter Syndrome,” Feb. 8 at the Richardson Performance Hall.

Custodio completed U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training and graduated in the top 5 percent in her class with fighter qualifications. She went on to fly the T-38 as an instructor. After Custodio ended her military career, she went on to fly for American Airlines. This wasn’t until after she was rejected from the reserve officer training corps program at the University of Puerto Rico, then waiting for a training slot to open at officer training school.

Custodio will talk about how gender should not be a “hindrance to success.” She will also discuss how she overcame her own self-doubts and fears, to pursue her dream and accomplish her goals. She discusses overcoming challenges she faced in the male-dominated profession, and wants to share her life insights to empower women.

The presentation will be free and begins at 6 p.m. on the Heritage Campus. The public is also welcome.

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