Captain Courtney Schoch’s life has been an amazing journey. A violent childhood in Atlanta, followed by a decision to drop out of high school, led her down a path of poor decision making that continued for years. But, since earning her GED, the sky has been the limit. Setting the bar high, she became a private pilot and in 2008 a professional airline pilot, in an industry where less than 4% of such positions are filled by women. She earned a BS and Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University. A strong advocate for education, Courtney founded Runucate, a non-profit that provides scholarships and teaches English in Nicaragua. She has also volunteered and partnered with for Seeds of Literacy to promote literacy and adult education, in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Through extraordinary perseverance, Courtney has inspired growth and discovery in others as she stresses the importance education and honoring everyone's story regardless of their circumstances.