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AMAC Legends & Leapers
A Virtual Conversation: Women’s History Month Edition
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
2:00 pm–3:00 pm Eastern Time
Aviation Legend: Angela Gittens
(Retired) Former Director General, Airports Council International
Angela Gittens served as Director General of Airports Council International (ACI World) in from March 2008 to her retirement in June 2020. She was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and deputy at San Francisco International Airport. In other previous roles, Gittens served as Vice-President, Airport Business Services for HNTB Corporation, where she led the firm’s practice in airport business and strategic planning. In addition, as Vice President at TBI Airport Management, she oversaw the transition to private ownership of London Luton Airport and managed operations contracts at several airports in the US and Canada.
Gittens has served on numerous aviation industry boards and committees including the FAA Management Advisory Committee, the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Committee, the National Civil Aviation Review Commission (“the Mineta Commission”), the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee and the Board of Directors of JetBlue Airways.
Since her retirement, she serves as Chair of the board of Schiphol USA which is the governing body for the operator of Terminal 4 at JFK Airport (JFK International Air Terminal) and the advisory council of Lilium, a company developing an electric VTOL aircraft.
Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Jamie L. Rhee is a leader in the aviation community, overseeing operations at both O’Hare and Midway International Airports – among the largest and most complex airport systems in the world. At the same time, Rhee maintains close ties to her local community and works as a dedicated advocate for children.
In early 2021, Rhee was elected to the board of directors of Airports Council International – North America, which works to strengthen the commercial aviation industry in the U.S. and Canada and promote cooperation between airport governing bodies.
Over the course of 28 years with the City of Chicago, Rhee has served multiple tours of duty at the airports. In fact, while in law school she started working as a customer service foreign language assistant at O’Hare. In 2008, Rhee was named the City’s chief procurement officer. Under her guidance, Chicago’s procurement reform efforts earned national and international recognition as thousands of small and diverse-owned businesses were certified and entered the talent pipeline. Rhee has overseen the purchasing of more than $2 billion in goods and services, authored articles and publications on aviation safety and security, and increased the accessibility of municipal contracts to minority, women, disabled, and veteran-owned businesses.
With an emphasis on equity and inclusion, Rhee has broadened the reach of certified and community-based Assist Agencies, which help connect residents and businesses of all sizes to opportunities across the City. She has worked extensively with Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago to engage more young people from diverse backgrounds in aviation-related curriculum, and is a sponsor of the After School Matters’ AeroStar Avion Institute, which provides aviation experience and education for at-risk youth.
A steadfast advocate for accountability in government, Rhee and her team have developed a Code of Conduct for the Chicago airport community, detailing principles, values, and standards to be upheld by everyone working for and with the CDA.
Rhee is active with the March of Dimes in Chicago, as the SOS Children’s Villages Illinois – through which she and her husband have fostered children in need.
A small-town girl at heart, one of the things Rhee most enjoys about Chicago is its distinct and close-knit neighborhoods. She and her husband, Mike, live in the Humboldt Park community, and are parents to an adorable and precocious six-year-old.
Rhee earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University.
Moderator: Inez Lampley
Founder & CEO, Fresher, LLC
Inez Lampley is a second generation food and beverage concessionaire and is the Founder and CEO of Fresher, LLC, an ACDBE company focused on bringing healthy food concepts to airports. Inez graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in Economics and completed her MBA at Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
Lauryn’s industry experience started in 2012 when her family opened a café in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (The Refuge Coffee Food and Wine) as a subtenant of HMSHost. She played an integral role in the framework, opening, operations and staff training and became the Director of Sales and Marketing. In 2017, she was recruited and relocated by Stellar Partners, Inc. a leading prime airport retailer based out of Tampa, Florida, Stellar has an extensive portfolio of retail concepts, driven by a passion for innovation, beautifully designed stores and providing an exceptional shopping experience for travelers.
Lauryn has been with Stellar Partners for 3 years working within the Business Development Department. Previously, as the Business Development Coordinator, she supported the department in many facets, from coordinating RFPs to working closely with ACDBE partners during the RFP process and also assisting with ACDBE reporting to airports.
Lauryn just recently transitioned to the Director of Innovation and Business Development. In addition to business development, Lauryn has an emphasis on innovation, technology and strategy to position Stellar to becoming an even larger retail powerhouse, leading the industry in customer experience, relationship building and brand development.
In addition, Lauryn has utilized her role and Stellar’s desire to create a local/small business incubator to assist with connecting ACDBE’s and SBE’s with various departments within the company to promote diversity and representation in RFPs and the Stellar Stores across the country.
In 2018, Lauryn was appointed the Chair for AMAC’s Emerging Leaders Committee, with her Co-Chair Mori Russell, AMAC’s COO Anthony Barnes and a talented committee, AMAC’s Emerging Leaders has quickly grown from a conceptualized initiative to a full force committee with highly anticipated and well attended events by young professionals, emerging leaders and industry legends.
Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Lauryn left the Midwest to attend Arizona State University where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and obtained her degree in Business and Communications. With a background in fashion, sales, branding and planning and an affinity for people Lauryn has applied her experiences and skills to the aviation industry and is excited to be a part of its succession. She also owns her own business consulting company and a financial literacy company, helping individuals qualify for personal and business credit needs.