The Importance of Women Mentoring Other Women

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Elizabeth Lund has been obsessed with the 777 since it first debuted. Today, she’s the vice president and general manager for all models of the aircraft; leads the design, production, and distribution of the planes; and oversees the enormous Boeing manufacturing plant where they are produced in Everett, Washington.

Lund graduated from the University of Missouri with a master’s in mechanical and aerospace engineering in 1990. She got her first job at Boeing in 1991, when the “Triple Seven” was still just a drawing.

For The Atlantic’s series, “On The Shoulders Of Giants,” I talked to Lund about the role mentorship played in helping her to advance her career, and what she hopes to impress on younger engineers. The conversation that follows has been edited for length and clarity.

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