In July, the global aviation and aerospace communities gathered outside of London at the Farnborough Air Show. IAWA’s global network also came together at Farnborough at a reception hosted by Airbus. Thanks to our friends at Airbus for a great event and for bringing together so many industry leaders who personify IAWA’s mission to Connect, Inspire and Lead.

At Farnborough and 17 other locations so far this year, IAWA members and friends assembled to do business, see friends and colleagues and build strong global networks. In cities like Washington DC, Rome, Quito, Berlin, Cincinnati, Geneva, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, we gathered to exchange ideas and experiences, and to network with industry colleagues from around the world.

Over the next few months, you can also connect with a wide range of people at several upcoming IAWA events, including Brussels, Barcelona and Mexico City. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to not only reconnect with friends, but to meet new people and expand your personal networks – each person that you will encounter is an industry leader.

If you haven’t already registered for IAWA’s 28th Annual Conference in Montreal October 19-21, you will want to do so right away! The conference will feature timely and important topics presented by prominent women in the industry. And this year, in addition to the panel discussions, leadership development opportunities and keynote speeches, we will spend an extraordinary afternoon at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO Secretary General and IAWA Honorary Board member, Dr. Fang Liu, will host conference attendees at ICAO. This is a unique and unparalleled opportunity to see ICAO and meet today’s international civil aviation leaders. Take a look at the website for more details on the conference. And register today to join us in Montreal!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the companies that support the work of IAWA throughout the year through sponsorship.  With the strong support of our sponsors, IAWA is able to provide benefits to our members and to women interested in careers in aviation and aerospace through a wide range of services, including scholarships, receptions and connects all over the world, and, of course, our Annual Conference.   A complete list of the 2016 sponsor companies can be found at http://www.iawa.org/become-iawa-sponsor/iawa-sponsors/

Finally, a core value of IAWA is to reach out to the next generation and help to attract and retain future women leaders in aviation and aerospace. This year, we are adding some exciting new initiatives to further enhance this commitment. A series of mentoring circles will meet for the first time in New York City. This is an innovative pilot program that we will use to build new and global mentoring opportunities. For all of us, great mentors were an important part of our career development. We are working to create programs and further facilitate connections that will have enduring value for both the mentees and mentors.

IAWA’s scholarship program also focuses on identifying and helping extraordinary young women who are working towards careers in aviation and aerospace. In our preceding newsletter, we introduced you to our 2016 scholarship recipients from Embry-Riddle and SMU. In September, IAWA will award two more 2016 scholarships – McGill University and Vaughn College. IAWA is a powerful community of women leaders who are dedicated to helping others advance.

2016 is an exciting year for IAWA – and we will be unveiling more new and enhanced resources at the Annual Conference in October. We look forward to seeing you in Montreal.