Our presenting sponsor PNC invites you to an evening ON BROADWAY to close out the 2021 Best of Leadership Summit. You’ll meet the star of the new feel-good Broadway musical Come From Away and the real-life hero she portrays in the show.
This session will feature Beverley Bass, former captain for American Airlines, and Broadway actress, Jenn Colella, who stars as Beverley in Come From Away. Enjoy this sneak peek of the smash Broadway production before the tour arrives in Louisville in 2022! You’ll enjoy a lively closing session of the event, complete with entertaining and uplifting performances, and conversation with two women who are leaders in their fields.
Beverley Bass (at right in photo above) is a pilot and was the first female captain of an American Airlines commercial plane. She was hired by American Airlines in 1976 as their third female pilot and in 1986, became the first female captain of a commercial plane and later that year she captained the first all-female crew in the history of commercial jet aviation. She is co-founder of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots, which began as a group of women aviators but later changed into a program providing career support and mentorship to aspiring pilots.
Beverley was piloting a Boeing 777 en route from France to Dallas/Fort Worth when the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 occurred. Due to the closure of American airspace, her flight was ordered to land in Gander, Newfoundland. Her experience in Gander during the days following the attacks was one of several people’s stories featured in the Tony Award-winning Canadian musical Come From Away. While her character in the musical is partly a composite character combining experiences of other pilots in Gander at the time, the number “Me and the Sky” is entirely drawn from her real life story. Beverley has developed a close relationship with Jenn Colella, the actress who portrays her in the Broadway company of Come From Away.
Jenn Colella (at left in photo above) is an American comedian, actress, and singer. She first began her career in Los Angeles as a comedian and later branched out to musical theater. She had her Broadway debut with a 2003 performance as Sissy in Urban Cowboy, which earned her a 2003 Outer Critic’s Circle Award nomination. She went on to star in High Fidelity and Chaplin.
Jenn originated the role of Captain Beverley Bass in Come From Away on Broadway in March 2017 and earned the 2017 Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.