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Meet René

THIS IS HER JOURNEY

Author, Speaker and Podcast Host, René Banglesdorf, is the Co-Founder & CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation, an Austin, Texas-based company that buys, sells and leases corporate aircraft worldwide. She applies her background in business journalism and marketing from several industries to work with government entities, non-profits, corporations (both large and small) and private individuals, closing deals in more than 40 countries ranging from $500K to $30M+.

René is part of an elite group—only 4-6% of high-level aviation positions are held by women worldwide. It’s through this that she not only serves as a spokesperson for women and businesses in aviation, but also speaks as an expert in empowering women in the workplace and works with businesses to retain and promote female leaders through workshops, speaking engagements and press appearances all over the world.

MEET René

THIS IS HER JOURNEY

René is co-founder and CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation, an Austin, TX-based company that buys, sells and leases corporate aircraft worldwide.  She applies a background in business journalism and marketing from several industries to the company she started in 2008.  Charlie Bravo works with government entities, non-profits, corporations both large and small, and private individuals and has closed deals in more than 40 different countries ranging from hundreds of thousands to $30M+.

René is part of an elite group—only 4-6% of high-level aviation positions are held by women in North America and Europe. René serves as a spokesperson for business aviation and women in aviation in speaking and press appearances all over the world. René serves as on the Advisory Board of the International Aviation Women’s Association. In 2018, she held organized and emceed the IAWA Inaugural GA Women’s Leadership Forum, with more than 100 female leaders from the industry in attendance—and in 2020, took that same forum virtual.

In 2020, René was selected by US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to join 29 other women on the DOT’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board. The purpose of the WIAAB is to develop strategies and recommendations that would encourage women and girls to enter the field of aviation. The WIAAB will assess education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women in the aviation industry and make recommendations to the President and Congress.

René is an active member of the National Business Aircraft Association and the National Air Transportation Association. She serves as an advisor to the Ohio University Department of Management and Strategic Leadership. René also sits on the advisory board of Wingform, an aircraft transaction software company.

In November 2019, René was named as a Business Accelerator Coach for Michael Hyatt & Co, one of the fast growing and most widely recognized leadership training companies in North America. Along with the rest of the team, René helps overwhelmed, successful leaders get the focus they need to win at work and succeed at life.

To satisfy her passion for writing, René is an editorial contributor to several aviation business publications. Her latest book, Stand Up: How to Flourish When the Odds are Stacked Against You (April 2019) is available on Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. René also hosts a podcast called Defying the Status Quo, on which she interviews women who are crushing it in male-dominated industries. She launched a video podcast for AvBuyer.com in April 2019 interviewing corporate jet pilots about the planes they fly and their adventures in aviation.

With Hon. Julie Payette, Canada Governor General

AN ADVOCATE FOR

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

René was recently appointed by US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to serve on the FAA’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board. The WIAAB will assess education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women in the aviation industry and make recommendations to the President, Congress and Transportation Department of the United States.

Rene also serves as the General Aviation Committee Chair and Advisory Board Member of the International Aviation Women’s Association and as a Supply Chain Coordinator for PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief, a charitable organization that utilizes business aviation to help in times of natural disaster or life-threatening situations.

In 2018, she organized and emceed the IAWA Inaugural GA Women’s Leadership Forum, with more than 100 female leaders from the industry in attendance. In 2020, she pivoted the Forum to a 3D interactive virtual forum in response to Covid-19 imposed travel restrictions.

René is the co-author of Crushing Mediocrity: 10 Ways to Rise Above the Status Quo and the author of her newest book, Stand Up: How to Flourish When the Odds Are Stacked Against You. She is the host of the podcast Defying the Status Quo and an editorial contributor to various aviation business publications in the United States, Europe and Asia.

AN ADVOCATE FOR

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

René was recently appointed by US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to serve on the FAA’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board. The WIAAB will assess education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women in the aviation industry and make recommendations to the President, Congress and Transportation Department of the United States.

Rene also serves as the General Aviation Committee Chair and Advisory Board Member of the International Aviation Women’s Association and as a Supply Chain Coordinator for PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief, a charitable organization that utilizes business aviation to help in times of natural disaster or life-threatening situations.

In 2018, she organized and emceed the IAWA Inaugural GA Women’s Leadership Forum, with more than 100 female leaders from the industry in attendance. In 2020, she pivoted the Forum to a 3D interactive virtual forum in response to Covid-19 imposed travel restrictions.

René is the co-author of Crushing Mediocrity: 10 Ways to Rise Above the Status Quo and the author of her newest book, Stand Up: How to Flourish When the Odds Are Stacked Against You. She is the host of the podcast Defying the Status Quo and an editorial contributor to various aviation business publications in the United States, Europe and Asia.

AN ADVOCATE FOR

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

René was recently appointed by US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to serve on the FAA’s Women in Aviation Advisory Board. The WIAAB will assess education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women in the aviation industry and make recommendations to the President, Congress and Transportation Department of the United States.

Rene also serves as the General Aviation Committee Chair and Advisory Board Member of the International Aviation Women’s Association and as a Supply Chain Coordinator for PALS Sky Hope Disaster Relief, a charitable organization that utilizes business aviation to help in times of natural disaster or life-threatening situations.

In 2018, she organized and emceed the IAWA Inaugural GA Women’s Leadership Forum, with more than 100 female leaders from the industry in attendance. In 2020, she pivoted the Forum to a 3D interactive virtual forum in response to Covid-19 imposed travel restrictions.

René is the co-author of Crushing Mediocrity: 10 Ways to Rise Above the Status Quo and the author of her newest book, Stand Up: How to Flourish When the Odds Are Stacked Against You. She is the host of the podcast Defying the Status Quo and an editorial contributor to various aviation business publications in the United States, Europe and Asia.

René lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and Charlie Bravo Aviation co-founder, Curt.