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Ep 48: An Unconventional Flight Plan to CEO with JaeLynn Williams, CEO, Air Methods

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Ep 48: An Unconventional Flight Plan to CEO with JaeLynn Williams, CEO, Air Methods

In this episode, we sit down with JaeLynn Williams, the CEO of Air Methods. The conversation explores challenges of stepping into a CEO role, advice for first-time CEOs, regulatory limitations,…
September 29, 2021

Ep 48: An Unconventional Flight Plan to CEO with JaeLynn Williams, CEO, Air Methods

Meet JaeLynn Williams:

JaeLynn Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Air Methods, America’s leading air medical service. JaeLynn is a jack of all trades with experience in healthcare, statistics, and marketing. Previously, she was the CCO for GE Healthcare Digital, and served in a variety of roles for 3M Health Information Systems, including President and General Manager and Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. 

In This Episode:

JaeLynn Williams shares her unconventional path to healthcare. Her background in English and coding HTML landed her a job in marketing and communications at 3M. She worked her way up the ladder with an eagerness to absorb feedback, gaining business acumen and experience in Six Sigma statistical analysis. She was given the advice to start with the end in mind, which inspired her movement from 3M to GE Healthcare Digital. She eventually moved on to Air Methods to work in marketing, but was soon internally hired to be the CEO. JaeLynn provides a thoughtful discussion about working towards goals, being a first time CEO, and the future of aviation in healthcare. 

Key Moments: 

  • Beginning on an alternative path (5:26)
  • Start with the end in mind (16:37) 
  • Aviation is rural healthcare (21:00) 
  • Advice for new CEOs (28:15) 
  • Aviation and healthcare are more similar than you think (30:44) 
  • It’s okay to turn down opportunities (43:47)

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