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2016 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Scholarship Awarded to Aissatou Nafi Maiga
IAWA is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is Aissatou Nafi Maiga. Aissatou is studying at Embry Riddle Worldwide Miami, pursuing her Master of Science in Aeronautical Management and Safety, with expected graduate date in 2016. Aissatou had a BS in Airway Management from Florida Memorial University. Aissatou has been on the President's list, the Dean's list, the Highest Honor's Program GPA and her dream is to contribute to improving aviation safety around the world.

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

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Conference attendees went offsite to the Dubai Airshow to connect with aviation and aerospace professionals from all areas of the industry, as well as view the marvels of the aerial display. 

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

October 2015 News and Views Published

The October 2015 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.

Download your copy here


President's Message - October 2015

We are excited about our approaching 27th Annual International Aviation Women’s Association Conference – Connect, Inspire & Lead in Dubai, November 10-12, 2015. The Annual Conference is the pinnacle IAWA event of the year allowing women leaders in our industry to share knowledge and connect. I encourage each of you to participate in what will be a historic event as IAWA brings its Annual Conference to the Middle for the first time!

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Renew Your IAWA Membership

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

BREAKING NEWS!  27th Annual Conference program released. Click here to view the distinguished line-​up speakers that will be featured in Dubai. ​Register today!

IAWA is pleased to announce that Dayan Hochman is the IAWA scholarship winner for 2015 from McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law.

Dayan is a third generation pilot and self-professed aviation “geek”.   She is a graduate of Colorado College, where she majored in Italian Studies, and the University of New Mexico School of Law.   Dayan is a Master’s in Law Candidate and Nicholas N. Matte Fellow at McGill’s Institute of Air and Space Law. Before attending McGill, Dayan practiced law in Albuquerque, specializing in insurance defense work.   At McGill her focus has been on international accident investigation laws as they relate to incidents involving large commercial aircraft.   After completing her Master’s Degree this fall, Dayan intends to return to the practice of law as a litigator or regulatory attorney, using her expertise in carrier liability and regulatory issues related to aviation safety and security.


The IAWA Community recently came together in Bogota, Washington DC, Cancun and Paris.  Click here to see more photos from IAWA events around the globe!

The IAWA Community came together on September 24 in Paris. Thank you to Carole Sportes and her colleagues at Squire Patton Boggs who hosted the event.

25 ladies came together for the Bogota Reception on August 31st.  Thank you to the sponsors of this event: CMC Abogados and Diego Pardo Tovar!

On August 31, board members Kathy Flanagan, Debra Fowler and Mylene Scholnick welcomed in Washington new member Carolyn Deforge from the NTSB in an intimate gathering with IAWA members Robyn Mendel and Jane Cavanagh (both from Katten Muchen Rosenman LLP).  IAWA has developed an Ambassador Program to welcome new members and reach out to them to encourage better participation and open up to new ideas.

The IAWA Community came together on September 4th for the Cancun Reception at the ALTA Aviation Law Americas conference.  Thank you to the sponsors of this event: Santamarina Y Steta and Nassar Abogados!


The IAWA Board met in Washington DC in June and also held a strategic planning session focusing on how to Connect, Inspire, & Lead the future women of IAWA.

IAWA is pleased to announce its partnership with the Global Aerospace Summit.  Click here to learn more.

IAWA Selects 2015 Aviation Industry Woman of Excellence Award Recipient: Cecile Hatfield, Esq.

Congratulations to Cecile Hatfield, the recipient of the 2015 IAWA Aviation Industry Woman of Excellence Award as Cecile Hatfield. The award was presented by IAWA Board Members Katherine Staton and Debra Fowler during the Washington DC Reception on June 2nd. This award recognizes women who are leaders in the field of aviation, have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women in the industry and are respected as team players by men and women alike. As a woman who epitomizes these attributes, IAWA is honored to recognize Cecile Hatfield, Esq. as the fourth recipient of this award. Click here for more information.

Check out this video to learn about Cecile’s inspiring accomplishments.


27th Annual Conference - Hotel Block & Registration Now Open!

Make your reservations today for the 27th Annual Conference at Fairmont the Palm in Dubai.  Click here for more information.

Registration is now available online! Register today!



IAWA hosts Receptions and Connects around the globe allowing women in the aviation and aerospace industry to come together and network.  

Join IAWA at an upcoming event and CONNECT 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 ...


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