Aviation Director, Melody Winston Inspires Chicago Teens to “Aim High”

melody-winstonForest Park, Ill. (October 25, 2016) – “Aim High” was the inspiring message delivered by Melody Winston, the vice president of Golden Eagle Aviation (GEA) to over 300 Chicago public high school students who attended GLOBAL STEAM, a one-day business forum hosted by the Common Ground Foundation and held at Google’s Chicago headquarters in the West Loop.

Winston was among several high-profile corporate professionals and mentors who shared their career advice and experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, or “S.T.E.A.M.”  The conference also shared career advice from the professions of sports, travel and transportation, education and entertainment, advertising and marketing.

“I commend Common Ground for organizing this important forum to provide students with quality training, education and knowledge about the exciting opportunities in these highly competitive and well-paying fields,” said Winston.  “Our young people, especially in Chicago, need to know that they have a bright future, and that we, from across many disciplines, are here to help them succeed. It was an honor to be a part of GLOBAL STEAM’s effort to excite and empower Chicago-area students to make a difference in their classrooms, communities and the world.”

Ms. Winston has a longstanding commitment to help and encourage young people to aim high and soar for the stars. Each summer at historic Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, Golden Eagle Aviation, an FBO or private jet terminal, partners with the Legacy Flight Academy (LFA), a non-profit organization that conducts character-based youth aviation programs that draw upon the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. High school students from across the country come to Tuskegee to learn to fly during a two-week flight camp. GEA was founded by Melody’s father, Dr. Bill Winston, a highly decorated former US Air Force fighter pilot and the senior pastor and global ministry leader of a Chicago-area megachurch. 

The founder of the Common Ground Foundation is hip-hop recording artist and movie producer COMMON, who is from Chicago. GLOBAL STEAM was sponsored by Google and the Black McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association (BMOA) of Chicagoland and NW Indiana. For information about Golden Eagle Aviation visit goldeneagleaviation.com. For information about the Legacy Flight Academy summer youth aviation program visit legacyflightacademy.org.



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