Earlier this month, I had the privilege to present one of IAWAs 2017 scholarships to aerospace engineering student Sumana Mukhersee at TU Delft in the Netherlands.  As part of the presentation, I met with a group of TU Delft students and faculty.  It was truly inspiring to meet and hear from so many extraordinary young women.  The future will be bright indeed with these talented women entering the workforce and becoming tomorrow’s aviation and aerospace leaders.

In 2017, IAWA will award six scholarships to female students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, SMU Dedman School of Law, Vaughn College, TU Delft and McGill University. The IAWA Advisory and Honorary Board has sponsored a second 2017 scholarship at Vaughn College allowing two outstanding women from Vaughn College to be recognized by IAWA with scholarships.  Many thanks to our Advisory and Honorary Board members for their dedication and work.

IAWA’s commitment to and investment in the next generation of women leaders is central to our mission to Connect, Inspire and Lead.  IAWAs Next Generation VP Kathy Guilfoyle leads a group of dedicated committee members who work with the universities to review the applications for each scholarship.  Our Next Generation Committee volunteers dedicate a tremendous amount of time over the course of each year advancing IAWAs Next Gen programs and selecting outstanding young women who are poised to make a difference in the future of our industry.

Sumana now joins Divya Kamania (Embry-Riddle), Courtney Luster (SMU), Omomhene Eimunjeze (Vaughn) and Edith Quizhpi (Vaughn) as 2017 IAWA scholarship recipients. The McGill recipient will be selected in the next month.

It is important to note that IAWA’s goal is to not only provide financial support through a scholarship, but to welcome these young women into IAWA’s global network connecting these future leaders with the industry leaders of today. Our Next Generation programs also include valuable internship and mentoring opportunities.  This connection that starts with a scholarship brings a lifetime of professional contacts, support and friendship.

Each year, IAWAs scholarship recipients are introduced to our membership and recognized at our Annual Conference.  Please join us in Berlin, Germany from November 8-10 for IAWA’s 29th Annual Conference to not only celebrate these outstanding young people, but to also network with colleagues from across the globe and promote the advancement of women in aviation and aerospace.

If you haven’t already registered for the Annual Conference, you will want to do so right away!  Annual Conference VPs Dagmar Drucker and Zoe Layden along with their conference committee volunteers have worked for months to develop an outstanding program at world-class Berlin venues. The agenda includes panel discussions on timely and important topics presented by prominent women in the industry, leadership development opportunities and important keynote speeches.  You won’t want to miss these panels:

  • The Brexit Aviation Effect on the UK, the EU and the Rest of the World
  • Manufacturing and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO)
  • One Step Beyond – Operating in a Challenging Market
    Leadership Development
    Security in a Changing World
  • Into the World of Aviation Risks: The Experience to Manage the Unexpected
  • Aviation Challenges and Legal Responses

In addition to the conference offerings, Airbus would be delighted to offer those IAWA delegates attending the Berlin Conference, a guided tour of the Airbus Hamburg site, on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th November 2017.

Hamburg, the headquarters of Airbus Commercial in Germany and the largest Airbus site in Germany, employs around 12,500 people and plays a key role in the development and manufacturing of all Airbus aircraft. The company is also one of the biggest employers in the region.

Click here to learn more about the Airbus Hamburg tour.

Please take a look at the website for more details on the conference.  And register today to join us in Berlin!

As always, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the companies that support the work of IAWA throughout the year through sponsorship.  With the support of our sponsors, IAWA is able to provide benefits to our members and to women pursuing 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 2017 sponsor companies can be found here.

IAWA is a volunteer organization and without the support of each individual member, we would not have the strong global network that exists today.  On behalf of the IAWA Board of Directors and Advisory Board, we are grateful to each of you for your commitment to IAWA and to advancing women in the industry.  I look forward to seeing you in Berlin to continue our work, celebrate our progress and take some time to connect with friends.