aviation | coaching services
Throughout her career, Debra Bartz has consistently balanced her dual positions as a holistic life coach and pilot with persistence and tenacity. As the owner of Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, the holistic integrative nutrition and coaching company she created in 2010 to promote health and wellness, Ms. Bartz encourages her clients to lead transformational healthy lives. Further, as she has taken to the skies as a pilot since 1982, most recently as the captain of an Airbus 320 for United Airlines, she has paved the way for other female pilots and continues to mentor aspiring women pilots to excel in the field of aviation.
Ms. Bartz began her career by earning a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982, and a Master of Science in human resources manage from Golden Gate University in 1989. She holds a certification as a holistic practitioner from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, is a certified master transformational method life coach, a hormone-trained specialist, and a board certified gluten practitioner. She also has a diploma in fitness and nutrition. Additionally, she is an independent distributor for Bemer, a company that designs products to promote well-being.
Education | Aviation | Meteorology
An expert in aviation and meteorology, Debbie M. Schaum has thrived as the associate chair of applied aviation sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has served the school for the past 22 years, and has remained steadfast in her goal of opening the doors of the field to more women. In her role with the institution, she is responsible for overseeing four majors in the applied aviation sciences department, including commercial space operations, air traffic management, aerospace, and occupational safety and meteorology, and teaching meteorology classes. Ms. Schaum particularly loves the fact that that the job allows her to build lasting relationships with students, and she intends to continue on that path moving forward. One of her main concerns is making air space safer.
Initially, Ms. Schaum started her career as a member of the ROTC, where she created a scholarship program for students. She proceeded to become a major in the U.S. Air Force whose primary duty was working as a meteorologist. These experiences opened the doors for the work she does today, and were the keys to her longevity and success. Ms. Schaum feels they gave her an innate understanding of students’ needs, and allowed her to act as a role-model to a demographic that is traditionally under-represented in the field. In addition to her work in higher education, she also volunteers her time with elementary, middle, and high school students, and introduces them to the real-world benefits of mathematics and science. She shows them the importance of endeavors like meteorology in the hopes of getting them interested in pursuing the field.