A Hole in the Clouds
Join Maryles Casto in conversation with Elaine Petrocelli
Saturday, January 22nd 1pm
Book Passage Corte Madera 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925
Praise for A Hole In the Clouds
A sneak peek of A Hole in the Clouds
“Are you ready for this?”
My brother Gus and I stood on the steps in front of the double doors of Harvard Business School. It was 1997. We had flown from San Francisco to Boston the night before, checked in at nearby hotel, eaten a desultory dinner. After a morning devoted to our separate projects, we had reunited here, in front of the great red brick and white wood colonial-style building, with its four-columned portico and distinctive cupola rising far above us.
Am I ready?
Gus’ question transported me back to our flight to Boston. Buckled into my seat, I had watched the flight attendants move back and forth between the galley and their passengers, pouring drinks, delivering meals, handing out blankets. That was me, I thought. At eighteen years old, during the golden age of airline travel, I became a stewardess, as we were called then, for Philippine Airlines. Suddenly I could see my past as if I were watching a movie: tucked into my smart uniform, commanding the galley, striding the aisles, anticipating each of my passenger’s needs. Now I was in the passenger seat, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, founder of a global travel company, invited to Harvard Business School, where Casto Travel would be presented as a case study. It was a surreal moment—as if I had blinked and become the person I am today.