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Welcome New IAWA Board Member Connie Avery

Connie Avery is an accomplished leader in the aviation industry with extensive corporate and military experience.

She graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, embarking on her aviation career first as an avionics technician. Securing a commission in the U.S. Navy, she earned her wings as a naval aviator just as women became eligible to serve in combat. During her 22 years as a helicopter pilot, she received numerous commendations including two air medals for at-sea and Hurricane Katrina rescues, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal. Her distinguished service led to assignments with the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, Personnel Command and as leader in several squadrons before retiring as a Commander.

After joining FedEx, Connie spearheaded key initiatives in Crisis Communications and the Safety Management System (SMS) program office, playing a key role in imbedding SMS into FedEx’s air operations. She’s currently Manager of Safety Science Systems, where she managed a centralized COVID control center and implemented the FedEx COVID pilot testing program to maintain reliable operations during the pandemic. Connie is currently leading a digital transformation for FedEx’s Safety & Airworthiness team, directing data systems integration to enable predictive analytics for safety risk reduction. Her contributions to safety at FedEx have been recognized with FedEx’s highest honor, the Five Star Award. Connie also has 2 Masters degrees, one from Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies, and an MBA from University of Scranton, with a certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning. She taught as an adjunct professor for undergraduate courses in National Security and Culture.

Connie is an active member of the International Association of Women in Aviation, (IAWA) mentoring and encouraging women to achieve excellence in aviation. She also volunteers with the National Flight Academy and Women for a Greater Memphis. She lives in Memphis with her husband and two children.