February marks the start of Black History Month, honoring African American men and women and celebrating the contributions they’ve made.
This includes many of our own SkyWest employees. Throughout the month we’ll be sharing some of their stories and highlighting how they are making an impact or inspiring others around them.
Michelle McElwee – Flight Attendant, DTW
Michelle has been on the SkyWest team for more than three years. She was inspired to get her wings after seeing her daughter, who is also a flight attendant, join the industry and fall in love with aviation.
Her passion for all things aviation has also led her to write a children’s book called I Found My Wings. The book follows Shelly, a young, Black girl, who is apprehensive about her first flight experience. Michelle wanted to showcase the diversity of flying and give young Black girls and boys inspiration to travel and to believe in their own dreams and aspirations.
“This is what Black History Month is all about,” she said. “Being inspired by each other, dreaming, working, and representation.”
LaWanda Williams – Flight Attendant, DTW
LaWanda knew she wanted to work in the travel industry, and after learning about SkyWest, the choice was a no-brainer. She was initially excited about the flight privileges on each of our mainline partners, but soon after being hired she discovered how much she loves being part of our SkyWest team.
“My grandmother and mother were women who traveled and would share stories about the places they visited,” said LaWanda. “I was given the opportunity to fulfill my dream job and now their stories don’t compare to mine!”
For LaWanda, Black History Month means the world gets the opportunity to know the accomplishments Black people have contributed to making our world a better place. She remembers her grandfather’s candy company that makes peanut patties, peanut brittle, and peppermint candy. His sweet treats can still be found in grocery stores across Texas. Another standout memory for her is the Black women’s contributions to America’s moon landing.
“I love my job and that no two days are the same,” she said. “And, I am happy to share my story and remember my predecessors through Black History Month.”