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Today’s spotlight: Anette Karlsson


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Background: Karlsson, a mechanical and aerospace engineer and a highly accomplished academic leader, was named chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s campus in Prescott in 2019, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the aviation and engineering school’s 41-year history.

Professional advice:Very few leaders set out to become a leader – they typically get there by taking one step at a time. I recommend doing two things: First, find a position where you can work on something that you are good at and that you enjoy doing.  Second, get involved and take on leadership roles in your professional organization to build your network and develop your leadership skills.  With these two efforts, you will quickly excel, develop a strong resume, and be able to take the next step in your career.”

Lesson learned in 2020:To mitigate the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic, we put together a response team that consisted of individuals across campus to respond to the emergency.  By having groups of individuals that many times do not work together, it was clear how important it was for everyone to hear concerns, opinions, and possible solutions from a large and diverse group of individuals.  It has been amazing to see how a diverse team bringing different perspectives has worked together towards a common goal: keeping everybody safe.”

Surprising fact:Ever since I was about 10 years old, my dad and I have been planning for what we will do when we hit the jackpot on the lottery and become independently wealthy: we will buy a farm and take in animals that need a second chance. We envision that we will rescue cats, cows, dogs, elephants, and horses. The major problem is that none of us buy lottery tickets, so this dream seems to have to stay a dream.”