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About Dr. Tara Harl

Dr. Tara Harl is a Tri-Sector Leader with three decades of work across government, academia and the non-profit world; was recruited to build/market/lead the Kansas State Polytechnic Airport Management Program where she introduced first-in-the-nation Industry Embedded Field Labs; is the first academic asked to join the Kansas Association of Airports board of directors; chaired the St. Cloud State University Aviation Department and founded/coordinated a first-in-the-nation Business Aviation Program linking collegiate aviation and Fortune 500 flight departments, it developed into the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business and Collegiate Aviation Pipeline Program, now titled NBAA Internship Guide; her passion for professional development and diversification of the workforce brought her to foundthe non-profit AWD (Aviation Workforce Development) in 2011, whose work is now embedded within GBJets, Inc; chaired the Professional Development sub-committee for the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee for nearly a decade; holds an Airline Transport Pilot license and is type rated in corporate jets with international flight experience; has held a seat on numerous research panels for the National Academies of Science’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP); is the FAA 4 States Region ACRP Ambassador; was a consultant to organizational restructuring of HBC (Historically Black College) aviation programs; held positions of director of operations and chief pilot in corporate flight departments; was the co-owner of a Part 141 flight school for fixed and rotor; co-owner of a Part 135 operation and an aircraft management firm which brought management oversight of corporate owned airports; was the first woman awarded the Airbus Leadership Award and the Boeing Career Enhancement Scholarship in the same year for her research on the experience of Blacks in Business Aviation published by Purdue University in 2011. Dr. Harl was raised in a Naval military family; has lived/worked in all regions of the U.S and is the mother of a Naval officer. Her love for the airport world began serendipitously when she was born in a snowstorm on the Kodiak Alaska military airfield.