Hayley Armstrong was born and raised in London, UK and moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL, with her family in 1999. Hayley entered the Aerospace industry in 2005 after working 5 years at KPMG, where she worked within the SE Marketing Events department. For the past 11 years, Hayley lead the marketing initiatives for Kellstrom Industries and Kellstrom Defense. She recently took the position of Sr. Director of Marketing for HEICO Aerospace, a publically traded company that specializes on niche markets and cost saving solutions.
Amna Arshad is an associate in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s Aviation, Aerospace and Transportation law practice where she routinely advises clients on aviation‐related regulatory and enforcement matters. Ms. Arshad most recently served as a Senior Attorney at the US Department of transportation, and was responsible for the enforcement of a variety of aviation consumer protection, licensing, and civil rights matters. She was heavily involved in drafting federal regulations and guidance materials on these subjects, led regular investigations and audits, and negotiated consent decrees with foreign and domestic U.S. air carriers and ticket agents. She co‐authored Chapter 12, titled “DOT Consumer Protection: Regulation and Enforcement,” in the ABA publication, Aviation Regulation in the U.S. Ms. Arshad graduated cum laude with a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law and graduated magna cum laude with dual Bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from George Washington University. She’s fluent in Urdu/Hindi and Punjabi, with intermediate proficiency in Arabic and Spanish.
Guylaine Audet is currently Vice‐President, Global Hardware Engineering, Manufacturing and Real Estate Services with CAE Inc. in Montreal, Quebec, overseeing 250 staff and 500 union employees. Using innovative methods, she improves operations by delivering cost‐effective programs and projects.
A lawyer by trade, Guylaine practiced as a Labour Relations lawyer before moving onto Noranda Inc. Afterwards, she went to Rolls‐Royce Canada as Director of Operations where she implemented an Operational Excellence program.
Guylaine holds an LL.B. from École du Barreau du Québec, an M.B.A. and a Certificate in Human Resource Management, both from École des Hautes Études Commerciales.
Lori is currently the Director of the SOC, Station Operations Center at SFO. She began her career at United Airlines as a Customer Service Agent. With a passion for leadership she was eager to move into a management role. Lori has held a multitude of positions, gaining a wealth of knowledge. She started with a Ramp Supervisor role then moved to Cargo as the Business Manager, Zone Controller, Ground Equipment Manager, Operations Manager, Customer Service and Ramp Area Manager, Project Manager, Terminal 1 Manager along with the Senior Manager for Safety before acquiring her current role. She also holds the Director position of UIMPACT for the Western Region. Lori moved to San Francisco in 1997 from Springfield, Missouri. Prior to joining United Airlines she was a Manager of multiple Jiffy Lube locations, a manager of Firestone and manager/coach at Cooper Tennis Complex. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University with a Minor in Business. In her free time she enjoys cycling and golfing. This summer, she will be riding for her 5th year from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the AIDS/LifeCycle.
Taria Barron is an attorney‐advisor in the Office of the Chief Counsel (AGC) at the Federal Aviation Administration. She recently joined the International Law and Policy Affairs Division and provides advice and counsel on the development and implementation of FAA international policies and initiatives. In 2014, Taria was selected to participate in the FAA’s Program for Emerging Leaders. She will soon begin a detail assignment within the Air Traffic Organization’s, Operational Concepts, Validation, and Requirement Directorate in order to gain a better understanding of the planning, analysis, coordination and prioritization of future aviation concepts and initiatives. Taria has also served as an attorney‐advisor within the Acquisition and Commercial Law Division and Regulations Division in AGC as well. From 2009 ‐2011, Taria was selected to participate in Maureen and Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program where she spent time working and living in Tokyo, Japan. Her placements during the fellowship included the International Policy and Planning Unit within the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport as well as the Flight Standards Division, Airworthiness Division, and Personnel Licensing Division within the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the George Washington University Law School.
Lili has over 10 years of litigation experience defending airlines, and handling general aviation and product liability claims. She is experienced in negotiating high exposure complex claims. Prior to joining Allianz, Lili was a sole practitioner based in New York City focusing her practice in the areas of aviation and maritime tort defense, disputes involving commercial contracts of carriage, and trusts and estates law. Before founding her law firm, she was an attorney with LeClair Ryan’s Newark office handing aviation defense matters and products liability claims in New York and New Jersey, including the representation of several carriers and commercial airlines in aviation wrongful death claims and claims involving breach of contract. She has litigated claims involving the Warsaw Convention, the Montreal Convention, the Airline Deregulation Act, and other aviation related statutes within the U.S. Since graduating Tulane Law School, she has been admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of New York, New Jersey, and Florida. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, where she majored in government.
I have a strong aviation background with over 14 years’ experience in various roles at GECAS. I have an empathetic yet confident leadership style which garners respect from customers, colleagues, senior management, peers and other industry players. In my current position, I am responsible for maximizing value recovery of mature engines.
Maria is the Senior Director of Communications for Pratt & Whitney, a leading $2 billion jet manufacturing company and innovator in the global aerospace industry with approximately 33,500 employees, serving more than 11,000 customers around the world. She is responsible for leading all communications activities for the Commercial Engines, Aftermarket, and Engineering & Operations organizations providing strategic direction for business unit communications, media relations, advertising and marketing communications. Maria also manages company relationships with advertising, branding and public relations agencies, industry and professional associations and advocacy groups. Maria is a retired Air Force colonel and brings more than 26 years of
experience in public relations, marketing, public affairs and strategic and crisis communications. Maria’s experience has spanned the globe from the Asia‐Pacific region to the DC Beltway, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to coming to Pratt & Whitney, Maria was Executive Vice‐President at TLC Public Relations, in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this capacity, she was responsible for business development, standing up a new Partnership Division, oversight of the agency’s PR accounts, spearheading communications for the Omidyar Pillars of Peace program, and advocating for the military in Hawaii through her role as Chair of the Military Affairs Council’s Strategic Communication committee. She is the owner and principal consultant of Carl Communications LLC, which provides strategic communications counsel to a portfolio of medium and large companies, non‐profits and organizations both in Hawaii and in the mainland US on strategic communication planning. Maria earned her BA at Rhodes College (1990) in International Studies and Japanese, M.P.A. and M.A., Communication from the University of Oklahoma, (1994; 2002) and M.S., Strategic Military Logistics from the National Defense University, Washington D.C. (2009) She also has a Certificate from Hawai‘i Pacific University (2013) in Global Leadership for Sustainability Development.
Having worked in the travel industry for over 25 years my main focus has been and is the airline industry with a strong focus on PSS migrations, commercial negotiations, distribution, eCommerce, shopping and merchandising platforms, RFI and RFP processes. In addition I have experience working for a TMC, an industry body, technical start-ups. I am passionate about understanding the drivers of the industry and the dependencies. Have been working on emerging new distribution at Lufthansa for little over a year. Germany is the 10th country that I work in and my job has taken me
to the US, Asia and Europe. I have co-written several articles on distribution as well as given talks and participated on several panels.
I've been in this industry for almost 10 years and I am very happy to hear about this amazing organization, where women can share and learn more about the industry.
Mehtap Cevher Conti
Mehtap Cevher Conti is a Shareholder in the New York office of Vedder Price. Ms. Cevher Conti represents commercial and investment banks, financial institutions, aircraft operating lessors and airlines in a broad range of cross‐border finance transactions, including secured debt transactions, revolving credit facilities, back‐leveraged operating leases, export credit agency supported transactions, portfolio acquisitions, asset‐backed structured financings and securitizations. Ms. Cevher Conti regularly handles finance transactions involving multiple jurisdictions throughout the world. She also advises clients in the purchase and financing of corporate aircraft and helicopters.
Kathy Chambers, CEO of Arkansas Aircraft Acquisitions, Inc and Aircraft Recyclers, Inc. Through my companies we offer full service. Acquisitions of Aircraft. Both commercial and business jets. We acquire and sell full parts inventories. We have positioned ourselves to offer services that set us apart.
Among all the marvels of modern invention, that with which I am most concerned is, of course, air transportation. Flying is perhaps the most dramatic of recent scientific attainment. In the brief span of thirty‐odd years, the world has seen an inventor's dream first materialized by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk become an everyday actuality. Please know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others. ‐Amelia Earhart
Advising banks, arrangers or airlines in relation to the financing, sale, leasing or repossession of aircraft.
Developing relationships in support of defense aircraft repairs with a focus on prime government contracts, foreign military opportunities and those seeking aftermarket components and MRO service. Dedicated to delivering innovative and value‐added repair services and programs as an alternative, with a focus on accessories, avionics, landing gear, APUs, wheels and brakes for most US manufactured military aircraft.
Donna Cook’s entire career has been spent in the express transportation industry in various roles mostly focusing on training, technology, and trade. Her current role as the Managing Director of US Global Trade Services, focuses on the US trade policies, operations, and regulatory compliance, and utilizes global partnerships to advance the facilitation on of legitimate trade. She began her career at FedEx in 1983 and has held various individual contributor and management positions at their world headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees and is a facilitator and trainer for the FedEx worldwide management development program.
“We wanted to run our own business, and be in control of our own destiny. We had no idea where it would lead us, but wherever it did, we knew it had to be better than feeling bored and unfulfilled. What an adventure."
Pam Corrie’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged when learning about airplanes and aviation in her early 20’s. After experiencing several successful aviation companies it was time to create a company culture that infuses the science of happiness to the aviation business model. This vision statement has developed a unique philosophy that when you treat your employees first, they will treat your clients even better.
Jodie Curtis has been working in the Corporate Trust industry for over 25 years. She has expertise in managing the delivery of timely solutions to financing, investing, legal, tax and compliance issues associated with complex domestic and international fiduciary deal structures. She has been a member of a management team directing fiduciary and agency responsibilities on aircraft, rail, vessel, real estate, and paying agent transactions. Jodie has a Finance degree from the University of Utah and has held the American Bankers Association Certified Corporate Trust Specialist designation since 1993. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family.
As a legal and policy leader with over 20 years of experience in the National Space and Commercial Remote Sensing legal and policy areas, Ms. Dacres has spent much of her legal career focused on space and geospatial law and policy -- developing specialized legal and policy expertise in commercial remote sensing, weather and satellite technology. She is a significant content contributor to then President’s National Security Presidential Directive, “U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Space Policy,“ executed on 25 April 2003, as well as the implementing regulations of the Department of Commerce’s
Licensing of Private Remote Sensing Space Systems (15 CFR Part 960). In support of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s mission needs, Ms. Dacres’ legal and policy contributions helped to ensure the health of the nascent CRS industry, by underscoring the premise that U.S. industry is a critical component of U.S. national and economic security, and helped solidify and fuel the need for geospatial technology in the U.S. national security and civil arenas. Presently, Ms. Dacres serves as a member of the American Bar Association’s Governing Committee for the Forum on Air and Space Law, as well as
an appointed member to the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Geospatial and Remote Sensing Legal Working Group.
Tanya works in the aviation team at Kennedys providing commercial and regulatory advice to the aviation industry. She has carried out work for high profile airlines and advised them in connection with matters including commercial contracts, aircraft management agreements, flying hour engine maintenance support agreements and international fuel supply contracts. Tanya has also had in‐house experience on secondment with an airline working on various commercial aviation contracts.
Tanya works in the aviation team at Kennedys providing commercial and regulatory advice to the aviation industry. She has carried out work for high profile airlines and advised them in connection with matters including commercial contracts, aircraft management agreements, flying hour engine maintenance support agreements and international fuel supply contracts. Tanya has also had in‐house experience on secondment with an airline working on various commercial aviation contracts.
Chantal joined Air Canada nearly 18 years ago as a recruiter before she joined the Diversity team in 2000. She was also given not long after the responsibilities of Linguistic Affairs. For both portfolios, Chantal helped by her team supports the different departments in the development and implementation of initiatives with that meet their specific needs. She also support in developing strategies to create a better workplace for all employees. Finally, Chantal works very closely with the Recruitment, the Learning and Development and the Talent and Succession teams in positioning Air Canada has top employer. Chantal holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in supervision from L’École des Hautes Études Commerciales.
I am a US educated and Illinois qualified attorney experienced in corporate commercial transactions, structuring, banking and finance and aviation legal matters. I have advised on a diverse array of matters, such as commercial and Islamic financing structures, due diligences for merger and acquisitions, restructuring, financing, corporate structuring, large cross border transactions, aircraft finance and operating leases, sukuk, ISDA transactions, etc. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I had vast exposure in the business world owning my own business and consulting in various sectors. My entrepreneurial and non‐legal skills supplement my legal expertise with business awareness and commercial acumen during a transaction. I wrote several articles and a book, which were published internationally.
Karen Blanks Ellis is Managing Director of Global Environmental Management for FedEx Express and provides strategic leadership to manage all aspects of environmental regulatory compliance, develop engineering solutions to mitigate environmental risk and collaborate with business units to integrate environmental sustainability initiatives into global business operations and planning.
An aerospace engineering graduate from University of Manchester, United Kingdom with a Masters in Management of projects in Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, I have acquired vast array of experience in the Aviation industry with over 10 years in the Engineering section and been mostly involved in start‐up of airline operations across the globe.
Leanne has acquired extensive experience in aviation safety management and has a long‐standing commitment to the practical integration of safety management capabilities to enhance organisational effectiveness and efficiency. An experienced and qualified professional with over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry, including in excess of nine years dedicated to Safety Management Systems as a regulator. The application of her skills is spread across a number of areas but most notably, in Safety Management Systems. Other areas of expertise include but not limited to cabin safety, emergency response planning and regulatory compliance. A results‐focused individual, Leanne has participated extensively as an audit team leader and team member within multi‐disciplinary teams operating in a dynamic, Time‐critical and heavily regulated environment. Her strengths and interests include regulatory development and implementation, risk management, organisation behaviour, leadership, people management and training, process and systems improvement as well as developing and maintaining stakeholder relations. Leanne has demonstrated her ability to work over and beyond her normal role and responsibilities as evident by her active involvement with prominent projects such as:
• the SMS implementation for RPT Operators, • FRMS, • AOCM Enhancement Project, • CASR Part 145 transition for maintenance organisations, •Development of guidance material for CASR Part 141/2 flying school operations and • Lead in Team for the CASR Part 141/2 implementation in the Southern Region Office.
Kerrie Vaughan Forbes - Associate General Counsel - Litigation, Southwest Airlines Co. Kerrie was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from Southern Methodist University (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa) and Wake Forest University School of Law as an AJ Fletcher Scholar (cum laude; Order of the Coif). Kerrie has been in-house counsel for Southwest Airlines since 2007. She is married to Ross, another lawyer, who is a Partner with Jackson Walker LLP. They have two children, Will (16) and Lily (14). Kerrie is active in the community and serves on the Board of the Dallas Children's Theater.
Simone Franco Di Ciero
DI CIERO is a law firm made up of lawyers with vast experience in providing services in Brazil for foreign and Brazilian companies in a wide range of areas of law, including regulatory, civil, company, customs, tax and labor law.
DI CIERO has offices in both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, in order to be able to provide first‐class services in any area of law required, and the firm works in close collaboration with outside counsel in all Brazilian State capitals and many other large towns throughout the country, permitting us to provide quick and efficient service at a reasonable cost.
Claudia Galea is a Senior Manager with The Boeing Company responsible for the pricing strategy, commercial planning and analysis for Material Services, a multi‐billion USD aftermarket business. In this role, Galea led the pricing transformation by implementing a change management program for the organization. Prior to this role, Galea was a founding member of Boeing Professional Services, a consulting arm that provides strategy, financial and operational advisory to airlines, airports, governments and other supply‐chain manufacturers. Her areas of focus included growth strategy, financial and operational improvement through efficiencies, start‐up airline advisory, and organizational transformation to both public and private sector clients, worldwide.
Christina Joy Gallowitsch
Christina Joy currently holds the position of Strategic Partnerships Manager at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Montreal. She is responsible for a global associate membership of aviation suppliers that help airlines set industry standards. After earning her Masters at University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Christina began her career at the Austrian Airlines Group as a management trainee, learning the ins and outs of an airline through the program's many divisional rotations. She was pleased to land commercial roles within the digital marketing and the Asian area management departments afterwards. This was followed by airline account management positions at Amadeus in Madrid and Lufthansa Systems. For the latter
position, her key account was Austrian Airlines and she was her company's point of contact at the airline. This role evolved into a Service Delivery management position. Altogether, Christina has 18 years of commercial airline related experience.
I am very excited to connect with women peers in the industry and promote the advancement of women in a challenging industry where there are few of us. I spent more than 25 years in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility in the aerospace business ranging from airlines to manufacturers, managing both commercial and military OEM/aftermarket sales and marketing efforts with a vast network of industry relationships and a track record of successful customer
engagement. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience with IAWA.
I am the Corporate Communications Manager for Boeing, covering the UK and Central & Eastern Europe and I am based in London. I previously worked for Unilever plc in global brand development, brand management and UK customer marketing roles for personal care and ice cream brands. I hold a Bachelors degree in History from the University of Exeter and am currently studying for my Executive MBA at Imperial College Business School.
Robin Guillian is an Assistant Professor at Vermont Technical College in the Professional Pilot Program. As a full time faculty member Robin teaches a variety of courses including: Certified Flight Instructor Ground, Human Factors and Risk management, Advanced Transport Category Systems, and International Operations and Navigation. Robin has fifteen years experience and over 5,000 hours as an Airline Transport Pilot. She flew for Aloha Airlines and ExpressOne Intl. Robin has a deep love and passion for aviation and teaching. She is currently instructing at the partner flight school Vermont Flight Academy and is excited to begin teaching in floatplanes in the summer of 2016.
Kim has been with GE Aviation for 10 years with expanding responsibilities across multiple functions and geographic regions. She excels at strategic leadership, technical problem solving, and bringing organizations together to deliver business results. She maintains a track record of transformative results and business ‘firsts’, such as the first qualification of a GE Aviation casting supplier in China and launching the first software products for GE Aviation Services at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show. Kim has been recognized by GE company officers and business presidents in the areas of clear thinking, expertise, inclusiveness, simplification, and imagination. She won the Global Sales & Marketing ‘Business Innovation’ award in 2015 and 2016. Kim has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA Finance from Xavier University.
Anna Henley has operated within the hull deductible market for 29 years; initially in the companies market in a technical and support capacity for 3 years, followed by assistant claims adjuster for 3 years and progressing into the underwriting arena where she has remained for 23 years. Her career started in 1986 at Aviation Underwriting Agents, a wholly owned subsidiary of London and Hull, then AXA, and finally becoming Redholm Underwriting Agents, a joint owned subsidiary of AIG/CV Starr. In 2003 she moved into the Lloyds market joining XL to underwrite and develop their existing hull deductible portfolio. In 2008 she joined Kiln as an underwriter to create a hull deductible book. She
became senior underwriter within the aviation team at ANV in 2015 to establish a hull deductible portfolio.
Gwendolen Horsch is an Assistant General Counsel at Textron Aviation where she provides legal services on transactional and operational matters to a broad range of internal customers within the General Aviation industry including IT, Interiors Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Chain, and Quality. Prior to her role at Textron Aviation she served as Associate General Counsel and Director at Spirit AeroSystems, a $6B tier one structural supplier in the Commercial Aviation Industry. Her experience as legal counsel within the aviation industry includes management of in‐house counsel, major claims resolution, as well as commercial and government programs new business capture. Her work includes representation of clients on both the OEM and supply‐side, and participation in high‐profile program awards such as the USAF Tanker. Prior to receiving her J.D. she served as a procurement agent in both the flight test and
production environment for Bombardier Learjet, and she also worked as a Bill of Material Analyst for Short Brothers in Northern Ireland. She is a past President of the Air Capital Chapter of the National Contract Management Association. Gwendolen holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas, a MBA of Finance from Newman University, and a certificate in Federal Contracts from Villanova University.
Tina Hughes is the Managing Director of Flight Operations, Planning and Analysis at FedEx Express. She began her career with FedEx 30 years ago. After graduating with a BBA in Finance, she accepted an analyst position supporting Flight Operations and quickly developed her love for the airline. As Managing Director, Tina is currently responsible for multiple areas that include the Project Management Office, Crew Staffing, Meteorology, Flight Coordination and more. Recently, Tina graduated from the FedEx Global Leadership Corps, after working as a consultant to Habitat for Humanity‐Vietnam. She is a three time recipient of FedEx’s prestigious Five Star Award.
Terese Ijeoma Ihenachor
ENGR TERESE IJEOMA IHENACHOR IS A GENERAL MANAGER WITH NIGERIAN AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT AGENCY. SHE HAS WORKED IN THE AVIATION SECTOR FOR MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS. SHE IS AN ENGINEER BY PROFESSION AND A GRADUATE OF ANAMBRA STATE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY ENUGU IN 1989 WITH B.ENG IN ELECTRICAL/ ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING. SHE IS A FELLOW OF NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS. SHE WAS A COUNCIL MEMBER OF ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN ENGINEERS IN NIGERIA (APWEN), SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS (SWE) USA AND NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS. SHE WAS A BOARD MEMBER OF FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECH) BICHI AND A MEMBER OF NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT. SHE WAS THE FIRST ANITA BORG INSTITUTE CHANGE AGENT IN NIGERIA AND A MEMBER OF WOMEN IN AVIATION.
Jill Levi has more than thirty years of experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, aviation financing disputes and construction litigation. Jill also practices in the area of aircraft financing, related corporate and commercial transactions and creditor’s rights. Jill also heads up the firm’s matrimonial practice. Jill obtained her B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York summa cum laude in 1979 where she was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. Jill earned her law degree with distinction from Hofstra University where she was an associate editor of the Law Review. Jill graduated as number two in her class. Jill was admitted to the New York Bar in 1983 and began her practice in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP. Prior to founding Todd & Levi, LLP, Jill was a litigtion partner at Feltman, Karesh, Major and Farbman. Jill is admitted to practice in the New York State Courts, the United States Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third and Fifth Circuits. Jill represents some of the largest electrical material suppliers in the country, and has advised clients on all matters involving a wide range of disputes in the construction industry. Jill is experienced in counseling clients on the most practical way to protect their interests prior to and after the commencement of litigation. Jill has vast expertise in advising construction clients on their pre‐litigation remedies, such as filing liens and bond claims and representing clients in all matters of litigation in state and federal courts. Jill represents aircraft lessors, aircraft lessees, airlines and lenders in various commercial disputes.
La‐Chun became the Managing Director of GE Aviation Wales ($2.7B revenue;1.4K employees) in April 2015 after having previously led the assembly, test and overhaul plant at GE Aviation's Lynn site in Massachusetts. Before joining GE Aviation, La‐Chun held the role of vice president, field services group in GE Capital and held a variety of global roles within GE's Corporate Audit Staff, including executive audit manager. She began her GE career in 1997 at GE Quartz where she held roles as process engineer, supplier quality black belt, and sand processing plant leader.
Prior to joining GE, La‐Chun held leadership, engineering and research & development roles within the US Government and/or private companies. She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science in Ceramic Engineering.
Jeana Littrell is a vice president responsible for commercial and government litigation for Federal Express Corporation in Memphis, Tennessee. FedEx has developed a unique litigation model, relying almost exclusively on inhouse resources for most litigated matters, and Ms. Littrell’s teams handle a wide variety of cases as well as compliance efforts to prevent litigation.
GE Aviation - GE90 & GE9X Marketing Manager Create and deliver value sells, pricing targets, and business cases for internal and external customers. Develop strategy for new engine sales, new and extended services contracts, engine upgrades and operator transitions.
Sarah Maguire is the Assistant General Counsel for BAE Systems where she focuses on litigation and investigations. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Sarah was an attorney for Jenner & Block in the White Collar and Government Contracts group. She grew up in an aviation family and has a particular affinity for WWII aircraft.
I am passionate about the industry that has been part of my life for many years and a fervent believer in the importance of further development of the aviation sector in Latin America and the Caribbean; regions that I am so fortunate to represent.
Denise works in the commercial organisation at GECAS where she currently is responsible for leading the day to day spare engine portfolio operations and engine life‐cycle strategy for the GEEL portfolio, which includes 400+ owned and serviced spare engines. She is responsible for the overall performance of the engine rental pool, strategies for portfolio engine refurbishment, and providing an understanding of engine assets for the business, Denise previously led the power plant function for the EMEA region in the technical organisation. She has 26 years aviation experience gained in airline, maintenance and leasing roles. Denise is responsible for developing and providing understanding of engine assets for the business, engine OEM negotiation, shop visit management and engine cost analysis. She holds an MBA from University of Limerick and has held previous positions at Aer Lingus and Shannon Aerospace prior to GECAS.
Katarzyna has almost ten years of experience in aviation sector. As a Director of the President’s Office at the Polish Civil Aviation Authority she assists the President in the general management and functioning of the CAA. In addition she is responsible for international cooperation with ICAO, EUROCONTROL, ECAC, EASA and EC. She deals with legal analysis of the documents and she is responsible for economic regulation of air transport agreements. She is also a nominated Polish member of the EUROCONTROL CN‐SG Group, EASA PAR Advisory Group and ECAC Legal Task Force.
I participated in the aviation industry since august 1986.
1. Head of Industry Affairs at Mexicana Airlines (Compañia Mexicana de Aviacion) from July 2005-end of 2014, participated as legal representative in all negotiations and documentation of aircraft leases, spare engines, spare parts, flight simulators, maintenance agreements, incorporation of new fleet and dis-incorporation of flight equipment (A320’s A319’s, A318’s, A330’s, B717’s, B757’s, F100’s, CRJ’s.- more than 100 fleet), assignments and renewals, restructuring agreements, bilateral agreements, aviation authorities, bankruptcy procedure chapter 15.
2. Contracts Administrator and Insurance Director at Mexicana Airlines from January 1994-June 2005 Responsible for the administration and renewal of insurance policies related to Aviation risks, public liability, war, deductibles, medical expenses, life, hull risk. Budget and payment of insurance policies, Road shows with underwriters and foreign insurance brokers. Participated in War insurance working group at the International Civil
Aviation Organization after Sep-11-2001 attack.
3. Contracts Administration Coordinator / Treasury Department at Mexicana Airlines from April 1992-January 1994. Participated as financial representative in several credit negotiations for up to US$400 million with European export credit agencies and foreign commercial Banks for the acquisition of A320 aircraft, spare engines and spare parts,
flight simulators and capital worth.
4. Commercial and Financial Supervisor / Financial Planning at Mexicana Airlines from August 1986-April 1991. Prepayments and purchase Price projections related to new aircraft A320 and spares. Participated as financial representative in negotiation of purchase agreement of 36 aircraft A320, spare engines V2500 and credits granted
by manufacturers and commercial banks.
I have worked in Aerospace Insurance for over 15 years, having joined as Liability Adjuster for CTa Aviation 2000. I joined AIG in 2004 as a Claims Adjuster. During my time at AIG I have dealt with claims on a global basis to include a wide variety of experience in Airport Liability, Ground Handling, Airline Hull All Risks and General Aviation. In 2010 I was appointed Assistant Vice President. I am currently a Major Loss Adjuster in the London Branch of AIG dealing with claims across the globe, including Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and Latin America.
HR Leader for $5.5B, 18000‐employee business unit within Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). Responsible for strategic and day‐to‐day HR needs for BCA’s internal manufacturing group with eleven locations in six states and three countries.
Captain McMillan brings three decades of experience working with regulators, airlines and air navigation service providers to the introduction of the next generation of enhanced satcomenabled flight deck services. As a pilot, she served as a standards captain and flight operations duty manager with United Airlines. During her career, Captain McMillan served in a number of capacities for the Airline Pilots Association, International. This included roles as Chairman of United Airlines Central Air Safety Committee and Chairman of the President’s Aviation Environmental and Energy Task Force. In August 2008, Captain McMillan received a Presidential Citation for developing and fostering ALPA aviation environmental policy.
Denise Millard is currently VP international business development for the L‐3 Aviation Products (L‐3 AP) business area. Ms. Millard previously held the position of vice president of the Customer Group for ACSS– a division of the L‐3 AP ‐ since September 2004. Denise is responsible for developing an international presence for L‐3 AP through the formulation and execution of entry strategies into international markets by identifying and leading the negotiation of partnerships and alliances and other business opportunities for L‐3 AP businesses. Denise has over 20 years of experience in the aerospace sector. Prior to her previous position at ACSS, she was director of marketing and strategy for Thales’ Avionics Regional and Business Aircraft division after serving as its director of sales for the Americas. Before Thales, Ms. Millard
was manager of completion sales for Global Express with Bombardier Aerospace. She also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, primarily in technical capacities with the Maritime Air Group. Denise lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and twin daughters.
Cari Miller is the Human Resources Leader for the GE Aviation Global Sales and Marketing Team. She joined GE Aviation in 2004 and has held various HR Leadership roles for the business. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a B.A. in Psychology and Management and from Radford University with an M.S. in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Ms. Olson is a graduate of California State University ‐ Long Beach, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. With over twenty years’ experience in business administration, Alice is a seasoned business professional in sales, marketing and new business development. Along with her husband Larry they own two aviation companies: West Air, Inc. and Pacific Coast Group. West Air, Inc. is a cargo airline established in 1986. West Air, Inc. is a feeder operator for FEDEX. The fleet consists of over 30 Caravans. Pacific Coast Group, is a commercial aircraft leasing company. Alice travels extensively visiting her clients worldwide and is passionate about the aviation industry. She is responsible for the sales, marketing and new business development for both West Air, Inc. and Pacific Coast Group.
Ms. Diana Oreck joined NetJets as Executive Vice President, Owner Experience in January, 2016. Ms. Oreck joined NetJets after 12 years of service with the iconic Ritz‐Carlton brand. She led the Ritz‐Carlton Leadership Center. The Leadership Center is a Corporate University open to the public. It specializes in organizational culture transformation, legendary service, and leadership. Ms. Oreck is an international advisor in corporate culture, branding, leadership, employee engagement and legendary service. She has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Diverse background of private and industry leadership and experience with aviation requirements and international standards and policies. Innovative and strategic. Accomplished international speaker, author of well-known human factors and safety book which has been translated into Chinese. Active and passionate system safety advocate.
Carolina Nardelia Ortiz Espinoza
Carolina Nardelia Ortiz Espinoza: a fighter for gender equality and women empowerment.
She has a Degree in Law and a Degree in International Relations.
At her age of 30 she founded her own law firm CNLE Law with a specialized department on International Aviation.
She is the first Ecuadorean admitted to the Advance Masters Program of Air and Space Law in the University of Leiden and she is also concluding her Diploma of International Air Law.
In 2016 she became the first and only lawyer in Ecuador recognized by Chambers Women in Law Awards: Latin America in the category of Future Leader - Gender Diversity.
The same year she founded the iniative EMLA “Encuentro de Mujeres Líderes en Aviación” (Forum of Women Leaders on Aviation).
For more that 5 years she leaded the Department of Civil Aviation at a Law Firm in Ecuador. During these years she served also as external consultant for a national air carrier in Ecuador coordinating legal and air political issues in other jurisdictions in Latin America and United States.
Carolina member of the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) and co-chair of the Quito/Guayaquil City Chapter of the ABA (American Bar Association).
Carolina is recognized as leading practitioner on aviation in Latin America.
Having evolved at Airbus Group straight after university, Jennifer OUARRAG quickly accumulated strong experience in different fields. She first worked as a Contracts Manager at Airbus Defence and Space for 2 years to then took the position of Commercial Legal Counsel where she was in charge of aircraft financing, asset management, sales contracts aircrafts deliveries at Airbus in Toulouse in 2011. She is now working as an IP Legal Counsel with the objective to protect and develop Airbus' know‐how and technologies and develop collaborations with other Airbus business partners.
Jennifer is a high achiever and very involved in Airbus networks like Balance for Business" to improve gender balance in the company and in particular in top management positions, or "Airbus Women Innovative Network", another Airbus internal network (W.I.N.) through which she participates in the organisation of mentoring sessions for women and participates in their development.
Robbin S. Page joined FedEx Express in 1996. At FedEx she has a broad range of experience in the Employment Law, Employment Litigation and Commercial Litigation groups. She has been the Managing Director of Express’ Employment Law group where her team provided employment‐related advice to internal customers consistent with applicable laws and FedEx policies, conducted training to prevent litigation and identified and remediated employment litigation risks. Currently, Ms. Page is the Managing Director of the Commercial Litigation group where her team is ensures FedEx operates to the highest legal and ethical standards by identifying and remediating litigation risks, and zealously and cost effectively defending the company when litigation is the best alternative. Ms. Page is a three time 5‐Star Award winner at FedEx Express. The FedEx Express Five Star Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to employees to recognize outstanding leadership and contributions to support the Purple Promise. Ms. Page, originally from Burlington, Vermont, is an honors graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Tennessee College of Law. At the University of Tennessee College of Law, Ms. Page was a member of the National Moot Court Team and was an Editor on the Tennessee Law Review. Ms. Page is a member of the Leo S. Bearman, American Inns of Court and is a Fellow of the Memphis Bar Foundation. She is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, numerous federal circuit and district courts and in the State of Tennessee.
Leigh Parker is Vice President, Engineering for Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In this role, Leigh leads over 2000 engineers that deliver industry-leading avionics and cabin solutions to the top commercial and business
aircraft manufacturers of the world. She also serves as a member of the company’s Chief Engineers Council to provide guidance and direction on the enterprise level engineering practices and policies. Leigh is the Enterprise Chair of the Rockwell Collins Women’s Forum and a co-sponsor of the Engineering Leadership Community of Practice. Prior to her current role, Leigh served as Senior Director, Engineering for Business and Regional Systems. She started her career at Rockwell Collins in 1998 as an engineer and quickly was promoted into leadership. Her ability to effectively lead has been recognized by a rapid increase in responsibilities overseeing a variety of engineering organizations in commercial avionics. She has held key leadership roles in several successful programs at Rockwell Collins over the course of her 18-year career. Leigh has received acknowledgements of her success through internal recognition such as being a finalist for the 2007 Chairman’s Team Award and a semifinalist for the 2005 Engineer of the Year. This recognition extends beyond Rockwell Collins where she is seen as a leader in the industry. This is evidenced by being selected for the 2015 Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching, 2014 Aviation Week Top 40 Under 40 and a 2012 Waypoint Tribute to Women of Achievement Honoree. Leigh and her husband, Chris, have been married for 17 years and have an 9-year-old daughter, Addison.
Jennifer Ratica is a Commercial professional with experience in Services execution and Marketing at GE Aviation. Previously, Jennifer worked at Goodrich Corporation as Director of Aftermarket Operations with additional roles in Sales & Marketing. She holds a Bachelors degree in Finance and a MBA from the University of Tulsa.
With over 19 years hands‐on experience in the aviation industry, I take pride in my in‐depth knowledge of the Airshow event, Business Development, Marketing and Project Management. I am a team player who believes in strategic planning and result‐oriented management systems. My experience comes from working with International Aerospace and Defence events‐ Australian International Airshow & Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Pacific‐ Maritime Exposition, Sydney, the Dubai Airshow, Middle East Business Aviation Association show. Aircraft Interiors Middle East , MRO Middle East and interacting with various Government bodies, multinational companies and agencies. I have worked in a multi‐cultural environment developing, directing, implementing strategies and business objectives that have proved highly effective in the overall success of the events that I have been responsible for. I believe that “Good relationships build lasting partnerships”. That is my key to success.
Roser Roca‐Toha was appointed as Aircraft Interiors Marketing Manager – Americas, based in Washington DC, in February 2015. In this role, Roser is part of the aircraft sales team, where she has the mission to work closely with Airbus operators in the Americas in order to understand customer cabin needs, promote and position Airbus’ cabin products and aircraft positioning and share Airbus’ vision for cabin trends. Prior to that, Roser held the position of A350 Customer Programme Manager at Airbus Central Entity, in Toulouse, France. In this role, Roser worked with A350 customers, facilitating their aircraft definition for eOperations & Connectivity from sales campaign up to aircraft delivery. Roser joined Airbus in 2006 in the avionics systems engineering division, where she led a team responsible for the development of new satellite communications systems, with special focus on the all‐new A350 XWB long range aircraft development. Before joining Airbus, she worked for ARINC in Crawley, UK, in the connectivity solutions development group. Roser started her career in the aerospace industry, working for the French Space Agency (CNES) and Thales Alenia Space, serving in the areas of satellite communications systems. Roser holds a Master Degree in Telecommunications Systems Engineering, from the Technical University of Catalonia ‐ UPC, in Barcelona. Passionate by worldwide cultures, travelling and football, she is a staunch supporter of her native city football club, the FC Barcelona.
After studying at University College London and ESCP‐EAP in Paris, I started my career at Thales in its aerospace and military division as a sales and contracts manager. In 2008, I moved on to General Electric as a contracts negotiator for the sale of power plants worldwide. My next career opportunity brought me to work for the US State Department, as an economic and commercial attaché in the “French Aerospace Valley” in Toulouse. I joined Airbus as a sales contracts negotiator in 2011 and have been working in the commercial department since then contributing to the growth and dynamics of this European flagship as a sales contracts director for Asia, the Pacific and European markets.
Melissa has led the Regulatory Affairs team at AAAE since November 2007. She also is a catalyst in building new relationships with international stakeholders and innovating approaches to international business affairs, specializing in issues relevant to the Latin American and Caribbean region.
Melissa has served in a series of executive policy positions in Washington, D.C. including as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Transportation for former secretaries Norman Mineta and Mary Peters, as Associate Administrator for Communications and Congressional Affairs of the Federal Transit Administration and Deputy Director of the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry.
Christine Savage is a partner in the International Trade Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding. She concentrates her practice on assisting aerospace clients with respect to international trade regulation and leads the firm's practice in export control and sanctions law, and national security investigations of inbound U.S. investment before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS").
Nicole Schareck is a communication professional working for Airbus Group. She has a long track record in the aerospace sector and holds a degree in Business Administration. Before joining the aerospace industry in 1993, Nicole covered different positions in the automotive sector. She specialized in marketing communications, communications strategy development and reputation management. In the frame of the integration of the communications function she will soon take over the Airbus Group wide responsibility for events, exhibitions and Group Protocol, leading a team of roughly 100 people across four nations and 14 sites. Nicole Schareck is based in Munich, Germany.
I have spent more than 30 years in the German and international insurance market specialising in Airline and General aviation. I have held a variety of broking and underwriting positions in the insurance sector in addition to a number of roles in‐house at Lufthansa.
Diana is a negotiator and representative for defense strategists and consultants in EMEA and Asia. Her company, Media Marketing Service International, consults and represents worldwide defense press and military events organizers and advisors in emerging markets including Asia Pacific, India, Pakistan, Israel, US, Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. She has driven targeted communications projects for defense industry as well as for government working with the European Defense Agency. Diana Scogna received her bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from Penn State University, Pennsilvania, USA and has been living in Paris for over 25 years. She speaks fluent English and French and has some basic Italian.
First elected commissioner for the Punta Gorda Airport in Charlotte County, Florida, USA in 1979, Ms. Seay has been actively involved in the progress of the airport from a small general aviation facility to a thriving commercial airport which, as of 2014, was the 2nd fastest growing airport in the country. She is an attorney, practicing in international and aviation law and teaches law at a small state university in south Florida.
Head of coms within an AIRBUS subs ‐ one of the leader in the aerostructure, pilot seats and business/first passengers seats. Our company is based worldwide. I spent already 12 years in the aeronautics industry and it has become a real passion.
Lisa Sheehan has worked with GECAS since 2001. She is currently SVP Sales & Marketing covering Ireland, UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
In her current role, Kathy is responsible for developing comprehensive sourcing and category management strategies that drive bottom‐line savings and achieve lasting business process improvement results.
Kathy began her career with FedEx in 1991 and has held a number of management positions with increasing responsibility. Prior to being named Director Sourcing for FedEx Services in 2013, Kathy served as Director Sourcing at FedEx Freight since 2003, where she built a shared services Sourcing organization, successfully expanding the influence of the department to include virtually all of the company’s sourceable spend. She is a FedEx Purple Promise Quality Award winner, Quality Cup semi‐finalist and FedEx Five Start Award winner.
As the Director of Marketing & Communications for HPM, Andi leads a comprehensive communications, marketing and public relations program and staff to enhance the company’s image and position among clients as well as to achieve clients’ objectives with stakeholders and the public for capital building programs and projects. HPM manages construction for airports and manufacturers and suppliers in the aerospace industry. For aviation industry clients, Andi manages the messaging, campaigns and responses to external and internal audiences across all markets through printed materials and digital content, group presentations and public forums and community outreach programs. A marketing and public relations veteran of more than 25 years, Andi's experience also includes the marketing of professional services including accounting and law firms as well as an extensive background in the travel industry. As a business executive and the mother of four, her spare time is rare, but she invests herself in professional and community organizations ‐‐ most especially those related to empowering, educating and endorsing women and girls in leadership.
Pushpa has more than 25 years’ experience in the aviation industry and her last held position was a Senior Vice President, Customer Experience in 2012. She was also a Board Member of the Worldwide Airlines Customer Relations Association (WACRA) till 2012. Pushpa is currently the Director of Consumer Affairs for the Malaysian Aviation Commission.
Charlotte Thijssen is an associate in the Brussels Office of the firm with significant expertise in air and space law. She is a Dutch lawyer who cross‐qualified to the Belgian legal system with experience in European air law and European regulatory affairs. She completed an Adv. LLM in Air and Space Law at Leiden University (2012, cum laude). She also holds a master’s degree in Public International Law of Utrecht University (2012). She has also gained inside experience working on a secondment for an airline. Before joining Kennedys, she gained experience with large airlines, aircraft manufacturing companies and consultancy and law firms in aviation. She has published in Issues in Aviation Law and Policy and other journals and was a judge at the Telders International Law Moot Court.
Emily is the legal managing director for commercial and real estate transactions supporting multiple FedEx operating companies. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law with experience in corporate transactions and defense litigation.
Alyssa Vazquez is a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and works in the New York office. Her practice focuses on transportation finance with a particular focus on aviation finance and leasing. Her clients include lessors, equity participants, lenders, airlines and other borrowers/lessees in finance, lease and acquisition matters in both domestic and cross‐border transactions.
Patricia Vieira is an airport civil engineer with 18 years of experience. Patricia has proven airport project experience on Brazil, Canada and Africa. Patricia is a degree qualified Engineer experienced in management projects, planning, design and construction in airport infrastructure, including geometry, drainage and pavement, airside and landside and modeling. Her airport experience includes airport master plans as well as infrastructure projects for different airport components (cargo buildings, passenger terminals, runways/taxiways/ aprons, vehicle parking lots facilities, etc.). Her experience includes namely the design supervision for the modernization and extension of Bamako‐Senou (Mali) International Airport and the design supervision for multiple hangars, terminals, administration buildings and support buildings at the new international airport in Dakar (Senegal).
Dr. Neven Wassif
helping women in their work at sharing data and knowledge and experience to improve their performance
Kim Westenskow is general manager for Boeing Canada Operations in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is responsible for leading Canada’s largest aerospace composite manufacturer –the country’s third largest aerospace facility. Westenskow started her career with The Boeing Company in 1989, working as an Industrial Engineer Methods Analyst. She also led teams in Operations, Quality, and Engineering. A graduate of Montana State University, Westenskow holds a Bachelor of Science. She is also a graduate of W.P. Carey Arizona State University receiving a Masters of Business Administration. Westenskow is married and has one daughter studying at Washington State University and one daughter starting at Washington State in the fall.