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Women in Business 2021: Sharon Traficante, Connecticut Airport Authority

Sharon Traficante Employer: Connecticut Airport Authority Title: Deputy Executive Director, Operations and Administration See all Women in Business 2021 honorees
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Sharon Traficante is the deputy executive director, operations and administration, for the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), where she is responsible for the authority’s day-to-day operations and support functions at Bradley International Airport and the CAA’s five general aviation airports. One of the first CAA staff members, Traficante was responsible for the development and implementation of the administrative policies and procedures for the new organization. She has over 25 years in commercial aviation, starting her career as an administrative officer with the British government, working at U.S. military installations in the United Kingdom.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far?

Without a doubt, being part of the team that helped to shape the vision and direction of the new Connecticut Airport Authority. I am immensely proud of what has been accomplished; to see the economic growth at Bradley Airport was a direct result of those efforts.

What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

I have two key goals. I want to continue to focus on mentorship and professional development for the next generation of airport professionals, and to support the airport’s growth by bringing in new and innovative programs and initiatives to enhance the overall customer experience.

What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

The biggest challenge in my career was certainly during the very early days of the CAA. We were working on developing the framework for the new organization, which involved building the administrative structure from the ground up, including the CAA’s policies and procedures.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to adapt as a leader?

I have reassessed my work priorities and I am working closely with employees as they adapt to a very different - in some cases remote - working environment. As we become much more reliant on advanced technology as a way of communicating, I am finding that communication is key, more than ever.

What are your keys to maintaining business success?

Teamwork, collaboration and communication. The key is working with a strong, supportive and motivated team who all share the same goals and vision.

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