Imagine being in control of 25 million pounds of screaming metal flying just above the ground - decisions have to be immediate, reflexes lightning fast. For Jo Salter, this was just the day job when she became Britain's first female fighter pilot flying the Tornado GR1, then one of 5 women fighter pilots in the world.
Her military experience is multifaceted: technical; professional; managerial; political. Add 5 years of e-commerce experience and management consultancy in both the public and private sector, an MBA, Associate Lectureship with the Open University Business School - and no wonder Jo is so successful in combining management and leadership theory with her unique practical experiences to present a humorous and moving range of speeches.
Jo has extensive experience of working with the media, from featuring on the front page of The Times to international radio and television coverage. Her television appearances include Record Breakers as well as various documentaries - most recently the BBC's Inside Out programme and she can currently be heard as a regular guest on London's leading talk radio station, LBC 97.3.
As a combat ready pilot with 617 Squadron, the Dambusters, Jo experienced operational tours of duty and took part in large international NATO exercises around the world. She worked in intelligence. She became a fast jet instructor. Her tales from such an elite world offer alternative insights into personal development, meeting challenges and succeeding in the face of adversity.
Jo uses her boundless energy, never-failing humour, compassion and understanding, as well as her advanced skills, to facilitate workshops, carry out life changing seminars, conduct high performance coaching sessions and enable individuals and organisations to solve problems.
Achievement is a way of life for Jo - and, yes, achievement while living in the real world as a daughter, sister, partner, parent, friend... Jo is a determined and visionary realist.
Be prepared to be challenged.
Jo Salter has solved more life and death problems than most of us can imagine - and she brings her courage, tenacity and determination to business and management in a way that is truly motivational.
To be the first in any area is difficult, but by overcoming the obstacles of the highly selective, elitist, male enclave of a military fast jet establishment, Jo broke the mould. Now coupled with her commercial acumen she is an insightful and engaging personality who will make you question your perspective.
Jo's remarkably down to earth for someone who's spent so many years with her head literally up in the clouds! The unique combination of her extraordinary experiences and her natural ability to make you think and laugh at the same time make her fascinating to listen to.
Lunchtime speaker Jo Salter regaled the audience with anecdotes about her experience of being Britain's first female fighter pilot, humorously describing ways in which she overcame male prejudice and official red-tape.
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