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See the AUDIENCES PAGE for story ideas. Joan’s multi-faceted book has touched many lives already, and some of the untold stories will appeal to readers of many interests, passions, and career paths.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: What is significant about Joan’s book?
A. The foreword for One Life Lost, Millions Gained is written by none other than Barbara Barrett, the 25th United States Secretary of the Air Force comprising the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Indeed, Joan’s story of a flight nurse who, against all odds, built the world’s first global emergency response center has impacted the aeronautic field and the aviation and maritime sectors. Anywhere on air, land, or sea, crews can connect to MedLink physicians for real-time guidance during passenger emergencies, whether 36,000 feet in the air or crossing an ocean. From heart attacks to turbulence injuries to premature births, MedAire is a 7/24/365 resource that saves lives and ensures safety. Joan’s book explains how this all became possible — a revolutionary jump into telemedicine from the 1980s into the future.
Q. What audiences will enjoy this book?
A. This book has wide appeal.
- From a “building a business” lens — entrepreneurs, business colleges, and venture capitalists can benefit from Joan’s story, as well as women-owned startups.
- From a medical lens — nurses, flight nurses, physicians, and aviation and maritime crews can learn more about the power of telemedicine and the importance of first aid training.
- From a technology lens — IT and digital engineers will enjoy the retrospective of the limited technology of the ’80s and how Joan surmounted these obstacles.
- From a “working mother” lens — Joan’s ability to balance her family and career will encourage other women to pursue their dreams.
- Historians, too, will enjoy a retrospective of the stories shared by Joan’s grandmother — the San Fransisco earthquake of 1906, World War I nursing, the Spanish Flu of 1918, and the some of the legendary nurses of yesteryear.
Q: Is this a business book?
A: Joan’s life is very intertwined with the company she built. However, this autobiography offers a full spectrum view of a challenging childhood, her Irish roots, young adulthood (moving straight off “the ranch” and into city life), single motherhood, a fast-tracked nursing career, and the adventures of succeeding in male-dominated industries. One of the most notable parts of the book covers the notion of the power of “YES” and pursuing a seemingly impossible dream — and changing the world.
Q: What feedback have you received on your book?
A: The advance praise has been amazing. Joan’s beta readers include aviation and academic titans, some of the most iconic and well-known influencers today.
Q: When did Joan’s book publish and what are the details?
A: Joan’s book became available on Amazon September 23, 2021 — 328 pages with more than 100 photos and available in soft cover and e-book formats. Limited edition autographed hard covers will be available at her upcoming book signings (see below).
Q: What upcoming book signings and events are planned?
A: Joan has two upcoming appearances.
- She will be signing books at the 2021 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas from October 12–14.
- She will be featured on the The Turknett Leadership Group Women in Leadership Online Event October 29, 2021.