Who will enjoy this book?
This book shares my true-life story — the twists and turns of a flight nurse turned entrepreneur. None of it would be possible without the ups and downs of a challenging childhood, my Irish heritage, a fast-tracked nursing career, the adrenaline involved in rescue and evacuation, the highs and lows of launching a startup, and my experiences in global business. There is huge crossover appeal and many audiences that can benefit from this book!
“Excerpted from the book — “Carl Schramm, author of The Entrepreneurial Imperative: How America’s Economic Miracle Will Reshape the World (and Change Your Life), believes in our “unparalleled skills as entrepreneurs” to impact “how our government, corporations, and nonprofits operate, but also our day-to-day lives as working Americans.” What an amazing book! I read it when it was first available in 2006 and completely agree that one of the rewards of living in America is the ability to apply our skills, ingenuity, and passion as entrepreneurs. We have the freedom to build, and build we have!”
What makes an exceptional corporation? What is corporate culture? I grew MedAire based on my personal values and ethics — very much a “handshake is a hug” philosophy and motto. Perhaps MedAire’s success will propel others onto a similar customer-focused and team-focused trajectory.
CEOs (emphasis on female CEOs)
Technology (emphasis on women in technology)
Academics (recommended reading)
There is a learning component in this book. Case studies can be extracted and syllabi developed around the MedAire story. I’m available as a guest lecturer and enjoy speaking with professors and administrations of higher learning institutions about the educational value of the book. Academia bulk rates are available.
Inventors (emphasis on female inventors)
Free enterprise proponents
Excerpted from the book — “I consider my time at the ballot box a sacred duty… When high profile people announce that they will leave this country if their candidate of choice doesn’t win, I know they haven’t spent time in a socialist or communist country. I have. I can assure you that people in those countries do not have the freedoms we enjoy. Those oppressed citizens are monitored, rationed, and yearn to be in our shoes, here in the United States, where there are opportunities to improve the lives of our families and ourselves. If the oppressed citizens build a business, it can be taken over by the government. If they dissent, they can be thrown into a gulag. Traveling abroad opened my eyes to the blessings of the “Land of the free and the home of the brave.” I wanted to kiss the tarmac every time I returned home.”
Survivors of challenging childhoods
Excerpt — “A dark and frightening element lurked in my childhood, a convoluted story, as you’ll see. It may sound somewhat choppy, a bit out of sync, and that’s because the dysfunction colors the memories. So, bear with me as I do my best to share these recollections, some still suppressed (I’m sure), of a family that faced many trials and tribulations.”
I’m fascinated with my Irish great-grandparents, Timothy Sullivan and Kate Burke, who immigrated from County Cork, voyaged to New York, and crossed the country to settle in San Francisco, California. Thanks to them, I’m third generation Irish and so proud of this heritage. My book includes my great-grandparents’ story, or as much as I could find. Genealogist Joanna Cicely Fennel came to my aid to help piece together the puzzle. If you’ve heard of the television shows Who Do You Think You Are? and My Family Secrets Revealed, her name might be familiar. But the real draw was her credentials — an Irish-born member of the Council of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.
“Excerpted from the book — “As a working mother and passionate marketer, I mapped each continent, country, and city to coordinate my itinerary and conserve airfare costs, always budget-conscious. But I was also “motherhood-conscious” — concerned that I had to leave my boys for weeks at a time. You bet I experienced heaping doses of working mother guilt — and then some. I’m sure those years were a bit of a blur to my sons as they finished high school and headed to college, and I also had to adjust to these absences myself. I missed my boys, and they missed me. I wondered how traveling fathers handled the absences. Did they pine for their children and worry from afar as I did? After all, it’s pretty typical that fathers travel for a living. No one raises an eyebrow. But it’s unusual for a mother to do so — a seemingly unnatural separation. And yet, lives, literally, hung in the balance. There was no other company that safeguarded the traveling public like MedAire — airline crews and maritime crews as well. And so, I followed my calling to bring MedAire’s safety net to these sectors.”
One Life Lost, Millions Gained
The Story of a Flight Nurse Turned MedAire CEO