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.

For almost 30 years, IAWA has effectively promoted the advancement of women in aviation and aerospace through an ever expanding global network that builds strong professional connections, promotes leadership development, and creates enduring bonds with colleagues across all industry sectors and geographic regions. IAWA is also committed to giving back by reaching out to the next generation and helping to attract and retain future women leaders in aviation and aerospace. As the industry and technology evolve, IAWA is also evolving to meet new challenges. Our new strategic plan creates an innovative roadmap that builds on IAWA’s core principles. More to come soon!

We also have an exciting events calendar in 2016. Already this year, IAWA receptions and connects have been held in Barcelona, Dubai, London, New York City, Orlando, and Quito. Upcoming events are planned in Berlin, Dallas, Farnborough, Geneva, New York, Rome, Shanghai and Washington, DC.

And – you won’t want to miss the upcoming IAWA Annual Conference. Mark your calendars for IAWA’s 2016 Annual Conference – October 19-21 in Montreal, Canada. This year’s conference will feature timely and important topics presented by prominent women in the industry with unparalleled opportunities for global networking. Visit www.iawa.org for more information.

Finally, this edition of our newsletter introduces you to two outstanding young women who are 2016 IAWA scholarship recipients: Stephanie Correa from Vaughn College and Aissatou Nafi Maiga from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In future newsletters, you will meet additional scholarship recipients. The future of our industry is very bright indeed when we see such accomplished young women beginning careers in aviation and aerospace.

As IAWA continues to chart a path forward, the IAWA Board and Advisory Board welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Together, we will transform how we Connect, Inspire and Lead.