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The IAWA Board of Directors came together on April 26-27th in Washington, DC. The Board focused on carrying out IAWA’s mission to Connect, Inspire & Lead women leaders in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Congratulations to Meenakshi Balan, recipient of the 2015 IAWA-ICAO Aviation Scholarship!

Meenakshi Balan is a very enthusiastic aviation professional. She obtained her Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Master in Aviation Industry Management, both from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. While studying Masters, Meenakshi had an opportunity to work as Quality Control Officer on IOSA audits at an accredited audit organization. Meenakshi Balan also contributes her time volunteering mainly at the Melbourne International Airport as a part of the Customer Care Program. She strongly believes in supporting and encouraging women in aviation and technology. Through this opportunity, Meenakshi is very delighted to work within the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Air Navigation Bureau and equally proud to enhance the development of women in aviation through this joint ICAO-IAWA initiative.

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Airline Responds to Ecuador Earthquake
Multiple Humanitarian Aid Agencies Seeking Assistance, Airline Responding 

Airlink has initiated a response following the 7.8 earthquake that struck Ecuador on Saturday evening. We now know that the quake took the lives of more than 350 people - a number that is expected to rise considerably with more than 2,500 injured and many more still missing in the rubble.

Airlink, in partnership with United Airlines, has already assisted two nonprofit organizations in their response efforts, including support for a four-person disaster assistance response team (DART) from All Hands Volunteers, and personnel from Waves for Water who will be assisting affected populations with access to clean water. 

As needs assessments trickle in from the field, we anticipate that many other Airlink partners will find need for transportation for both aid cargo and personnel over the coming days. Airlink will continue working with its airline partners in this response, including AeroMexico, Avianca, JetBlue, and United, to assist in relief efforts, and is currently evaluating charter options into the region.

You can help us make a bigger impact by making a one-time gift or donating United miles If your organization can help Airlink respond, please contact us at (202) 480-9241 or ​

President's Message - March 2016

2016 will be an exciting and transformational year for IAWA! In 2015, IAWA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board completed a comprehensive strategic plan review and update that will create additional opportunities for IAWA members to Connect, Inspire and Lead. Over the course of the next year, we will be unveiling several new or upgraded initiatives that will enhance how IAWA brings people together in this international industry

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March 2016 News and Views Published

The March 2016 IAWA News & Views newsletter is published and available for distribution. The newsletter is a compendium of the last three months of IAWA activity, featuring articles about past and upcoming networking events.

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2016 Sponsorship Brochure now Available!
Sponsor IAWA for 2016 and reach out to influential leaders! To accomplish IAWA's mission of supporting women in the aviation and aerospace industries, including established executives, students and women beginning their career, we need strong sponsor support. Click here for more information.

2016 ACI Airport Executive Leadership Programme (AELP) 
The ACI Airport Executive Leadership Programme is a unique career-building opportunity for the future leaders of the global airport industry that  focuses on further developing the leadership and strategic management skills of airport industry leaders. The programme will take place 5-10 June 2016 in Miami. Click here for more information.


​​The IAWA Community recently came together in Orlando, Quito, Ecuador, Barcelona, Washington DC  and New York. Click here to see more photos from IAWA events around the globe!

The IAWA Community came together on April 26th for the Washington DC Reception. Held in conjunction with the IAWA Board Meeting, this unique event provided members and friends the opportunity to network with Board Members, friends and new connections. Thank you to Pillsbury for hosting the event! 


IAWA and IATA co-hosted a breakfast reception on February 19th, 2016 at the IATA Legal Symposium held in Barcelona, Spain. The reception was well attended by more than 30 women in the industry, as well as IAWA board members Carol Anderson and Alina Nassar, and IAWA advisory board member Elizabeth Freidenberg.

IAWA Board members and members met in New York for a Connect generously sponsored by Condon & Forsyth at their offices to honor our 2015 Vaughn Scholarship recipient Stephanie Correa. Sharon Devivo, Vaughn's President and IAWA Board member, celebrated the accomplishments of Stephanie as well as those of previous recipients also present, Anaid Torres Ortiz and Katherine Guerrero. Stephanie is the third recipient of IAWA’s scholarship program to Vaughn College’s students.

Over 82 women came together on January 26th for the Ecuador First Meeting of Women Leaders Reception in Quito. Thank you to the organizer of the event Paz Horowitz Abogados!

An IAWA Connect was held on January 21, 2016 at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Aviation Law and Insurance Symposium (ALIS) in Orlando, FL. IAWA's 2015 Woman of Excellence, Cecile Hatfield, is the ALIS Program Chair Emeritus and as usual put together a memorable aviation event with a number of IAWA women present.

IAWA 27th Annual Conference in Dubai!
Thank you to those who helped make IAWA's 27th Annual Conference a success! 

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The Global Aerospace Summit is an exclusive, invitation only cross-industry forum for C-level executives, senior decision makers and government officials involved in the aerospace, aviation, defence and space industries. The next edition will be held on the 07 -08 March 2016 in Abu Dhabi. 

APEC Women in Transportation (WiT) Initiative

APEC WiT Initiative framework presented by Susan Kurland, DOT Assistant Secretary for Aviation and Int’l Affairs, and other women leaders at the White House on July 28, 2015. 

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation called for a special session on women at the 7th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Transportation Ministerial. As a result, Ministers directed the APEC Transportation Working Group to launch a Women in Transportation initiative to develop and implement actions that advance opportunities for women throughout the sector. Learn more at

Renew Your IAWA Membership

2016 Membership Renewals are now open! Renew your membership today​! ​

IAWA Marketing Brochure

Available as a marketing tool for use at IAWA Receptions and Connects is this useful IAWA brochure. Its eight quad-fold pages highlight the international nature of the organization and describe it's mission and 


The brochure measures 8.5” x 14” (210 mm x 394 mm) open, 8.5” x 3.5” (210 mm x 97.5 mm) folded and was generously designed and provided by Airbus.Read more ...


28th Annual Conference