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Women in Aerospace (WIA) is dedicated to increasing the leadership capabilities and visibility of women in the aerospace community. We acknowledge and promote innovative individuals who strive to advance the aerospace industry as a whole. Our membership, comprised of both women and men, share a passion for a broad spectrum of aerospace issues. These include human space flight, aviation, remote sensing, satellite communications, robotic space exploration, and the policy issues surrounding these fields, among others.

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Since 1985, WIA continues to be met with overwhelming success. With over 2000 members and over 80 corporate, non-profit, and academic partners, WIA has grown into the vibrant, trendsetting organization it is today.

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Each year WIA brings together key leaders an innovators in the aerospace industry for impactful and engaging sessions relevant to the future of the industry.

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Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

At the Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner, WIA honors distinguished individuals for their dedication, passion, and significant impact in the aerospace industry.

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Upcoming Events

11-02-2016 1:00 PM : Leadership Development Webinar Series: Communication Skills & Providing Positive Feedback

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31st Annual Awards Ceremony & Banquet

Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes Street
Arlington, VA

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Chair’s Corner


Shelli Brunswick, Chair
Space Foundation

I would like to begin by thanking all those who attended the first part of WIA’s Conference Series: Aerospace 2016: Innovation in Aerospace! The conference was a tremendous success with insightful conversation and noteworthy discussions from key leaders in the industry. Dr. Jamie Morin, Director of CAPE at the Department of Defense, and the Honorable Michele Flournoy, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security, reviewed pertinent issues related to the Third Offset Strategy, alongside Mr. Robert Minehart of the House Intelligence Committee. Special thanks to our corporate sponsors for their continued support to Women in Aerospace; our Premier Sponsor: United Launch Alliance; our Silver Sponsors: CACI, Harris Corporation, and Orbital ATK; our Bronze Sponsors: Avascent, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, and Lockheed Martin; our Reception Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC); and our General Sponsors: Aviation Week, and Space News.

If you have not done so already, take this opportunity to register for the second part of the series, Commercialization of Space, taking place on Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Marriott Metro Center. …

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