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ISTAT Chats 2 September 2020

Start Date: 2 September 2020

Start Time:11:00 NEW YORK | 16:00 DUBLIN | 23:00 SINGAPORE

Duration:60 minutes


Over the past five months, many, if not all, of our professional lives have changed dramatically – some of us have been asked to take on different responsibilities; some of us have been told that our positions will be eliminated; and some of us have asked ourselves if we want to continue in our current roles. While the scope and volume of COVID-driven changes are unprecedented -- and often overwhelming -- for many of our industry colleagues, change should also be viewed as an inevitable (and sometimes even welcome) part of a person’s career path. Drawing on their own experiences of professional changes and transitions, Shani Fisher and Pam Hendry will discuss how to prepare for, and thrive in the midst of, professional, personal and industry change.

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Pam Hendry

Vice President and Treasurer

United Airlines

Pam Hendry is United’s vice president and treasurer. In this role, Pam is responsible for Corporate Finance, Treasury Operations, Tax and Risk Management. Pam is a senior aviation finance executive who has an extensive background in strategically and cost-effectively financing aircraft. Prior to joining United, she spent the majority of her career at International Lease Finance Corporation where, among other roles, she served as senior vice president and treasurer and was responsible for raising more than $140 billion across the capital structure. More recently, Pam was a consultant with Plane View Partners as well as a consultant on the 2017 sale of CIT Aerospace. From 2016 to 2018, Pam served on the board of advisors for Hudson Structured Capital Management. Pam grew up in southern California and received her bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara. She is married and has two daughters.

Shani Smith Fisher

Business Attorney, Fisher Legal P.C. Counsel, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Ms. Fisher has over a decade of experience negotiating and drafting documentation for sophisticated commercial transactions with aggregate values in excess of $3 billion. Ms. Fisher started her career in the Washington, D.C. office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. (now Norton Rose Fulbright), working in the firm’s Project Finance group. Ms. Fisher’s practice continued with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she represented local banks in real estate finance matters, and later in New York, where she re-joined Fulbright in its Equipment Finance and Corporate groups. In 2007, Ms. Fisher relocated to Dubai to work as an in-house legal advisor for Emirates Airline, where she negotiated and closed many of the rapidly-growing airline’s operating leases and secured financings. In 2011, Ms. Fisher joined International Lease Finance Corporation (now known as Aercap), the world’s market leader in the leasing and remarketing of commercial aircraft to airlines around the world. While at ILFC, Ms. Fisher negotiated and oversaw the documentation of over $2 billion of the Company’s financings, including the Company’s first U.S. Ex-Im Bank financing. She also negotiated and drafted numerous operating leases, sale-leaseback agreements, and purchase and sale agreements, and advised senior management on a number of other commercial transactions. In addition to her experience in the aviation sector, Ms. Fisher has advised clients from a variety of industries, including technology, retail/fashion, entertainment, hospitality, public relations, and real estate. Ms. Fisher enjoys a diverse transactional practice that allows her to work with all types of clients, from first-time entrepreneurs to large multi-national corporations. She is a board member of the West Coast Chapter of the American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro, a school for children with disabilities based in Ra’anana, Israel. Ms. Fisher received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in Political Science and Communications from the University of Southern California in 1999, and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003.
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