MSEJ July 2016 - Page 7

There are many similarities between the Army and FedEx, at least on the important things. Obviously, FedEx is focused on profit, but that’s always on the premise of taking care of our people, ensuring our customers are 100 percent satisfied, with safety as our foundation. The brotherhood and fellowship in the Army is unique, but we have a strong feeling of family in every organization I’ve been in at FedEx. I’ve been lucky to have the best of both worlds.

CASY & MSCCN: You believe that it is important for women to invite themselves in the door and see themselves as assets to a team or a position. Many of our readers at MSEJ are female veterans or spouses who are looking for work. What advice do you have for them about how to best invite themselves in?

I sometimes hear women focus on the elements at work that leave them feeling excluded or put at a disadvantage. Everyone, regardless of their situation, has battles to fight. I don’t see that as exclusive to any group. However, we can all take advantage of our uniqueness to add value. Every employer wants to hire problem solvers. We all have that ability and bring distinctive strengths to what we do. We should all focus on our strengths – that’s how we add value. It’s what makes us each special and our organizations stronger. I’ve always

worked in male-dominated fields, and while I know I’m not one of the guys, that doesn’t mean I’m not one of the team.

I truly believe women can do anything. As Henry Ford said, “whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.” We all have to believe we can.

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Bobbi Wells, Vice President, Safety & Airworthiness, Air Operations

"I truly believe women can do anything. As Henry Ford said, 'whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.' We all have to believe we can."