July 22, 2016
Forest Hill, MD — The International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA), a worldwide
organization for women who hold leadership positions across the entire spectrum of the
aviation and aerospace industry, has announced Dr. Valerie Manning, senior vice president of
Customer Support, Airbus, as a keynote speaker for its 28th Annual Conference. This year’s
conference will be held October 19-21, 2016 in Montreal, Canada at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal.
Dr. Manning recently moved into the role of senior vice president of Customer Support
within Airbus Customer Services, based in Toulouse, France. Previously, Dr. Manning was
vice president and head of the Airbus Upgrade Services line of business, leading sale,
development and delivery of optional modifications to airframes, cabins, and systems for the
in-service Airbus fleet.
A thirteen-year veteran of the Airbus Group, Dr. Manning has served within Group
headquarters and in North America. Dr Manning has held roles as a consultant with
McKinsey & Company and also consulted privately in multidisciplinary optimization and
supersonic aircraft design.
An active private pilot, Dr. Manning graduated from Princeton University with a B.S in
mechanical and aerospace engineering, and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and
astronautics from Stanford. Dr. Manning began her career as an officer in the United States
Air Force, and currently serves actively in the USAF reserves.
Dr. Manning’s address will be the highlight of the luncheon on Thursday, October 20.
IAWA’s mission to Connect, Inspire and Lead will bring aviation and aerospace leaders from
across the world to Montreal in 2016.
This year’s conference will feature timely and important global aviation and aerospace topics
presented by prominent women in the industry. Interactive leadership development
discussions will also be available to conference attendees. In addition to the keynote
speakers and panel sessions, the IAWA Annual Conference provides unparalleled
opportunities to build and extend worldwide professional networks with key industry
contacts, including IAWA’s Board of Directors.
IAWA is committed to reaching out to the next generation and helping to attract and retain
future women leaders in aviation and aerospace through its outstanding scholarship,
internship and mentoring programs. 2016 Scholarship recipients will be recognized in