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#WingTapper Stories - Episode 1

Tips for teens looking to thrive featuring Trina Callie, PhD

· WingTappers,Tips for Teens,Mentors

"Don't be afraid to sit at the edge of your seat--that place where you feel slightly uncomfortable,

but the place from which a lot of growth will come."

-Trina Callie, PhD

Special Note from My Girl Power® Editor - Welcome to our newest blog, WingTappers™, featuring multimedia-based tips inspiring teens to thrive, offered up from our diverse, multicultural, and multi-generational group of talented and passionate WingTappers - where both women and men are eager to share insight and wisdom with our younger generation ready to take flight and fulfill their dreams.

Our goal is to develop pathways for girls and young women to thrive and to impact gender disparity rates in both the public and private sector leadership within a single generation.

Since girls cannot be what they can not see, our editorial mission is to deliver real life stories of working women across a broad spectrum of leadership roles, providing inspiration that could influence a young readers' decision making in their academic, professional and personal lives.

Every week, we will feature a successful, multi-faceted, and dedicated WingTapper who shares some insight for middle and high school aged girls looking to thrive.  We will use blog posts, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Medium, You Tube, Weekly Blabs, and Monthly Meet-Ups to share the content and to spread inspirational stories. 

This week, we kick off the series with one of my personal lifetime WingTappers, teammate, and life long friend, Dr. Trina Callie.  Her experience and skill sets are too lengthy to mention here, so please check out her Linked In page to view her accomplishments including serving as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, acting as an advisory consultant to Fortune 100 companies, conceptualizing, then executing her project, the Executive MBA Program at the University of Arizona, and her current roles at Raytheon, which includes strategy, M&A, and business development.  She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Pima County Tucson Women's Commission, and serves on the Catalina Foothills School Board.  She earned her PhD in gender disparity pay rates at higher institutions of learning. She is a mother of 2, and finds times to "relax" on her daily 4-6 miles runs through canyons, creeks, and wherever else she happens to find herself that day. 

She has racked up quite a bit of experience, in mostly male dominated settings, and has risen to the ranks of a truly respected and accomplished WingTapper.

My Girl Power Project is honored to have her part of our foundational and executive advisory board.

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What were you like in middle school and high school? What activities were you involved in and did you know what you wanted to be back then?

I was both an athlete and a good student who was very involved in extracurricular activities and church. I played volleyball, basketball, softball and ran track. I played the piano and clarinet. I was in student council, Key Club and band. I also worked part-time jobs from the age of 12.
I wanted to be an engineer.

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What was the one or two things that have inspired you the most through your life directions and career choices to date? Was it a person, an event, an inner drive?

I was most inspired by two things--the strong work ethic instilled in me by my mom, blue collar family and my inner drive to be the best possible version of myself.

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What are three life lessons that you would like to share with young girls and women looking to thrive in your industry of expertise?

1)  Always listen to your inner voice that tries to guide you. In my experience, it is usually right.

2)  Don't be afraid to sit at the edge of your seat--that place where you feel slightly uncomfortable, but the place from which a lot of growth will come.

3)  Follow your dreams, not someone else's, be it a parent, a loved one or a friend.

What are some quotes you live by?

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Do you have tips for teens that you would like to share?  

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