Shelli Brunswick, Chair
As 2018 draws to a close, I am so proud of the progress and accomplishments WIA has made this past year. This is especially so after completing this fall’s incredible jam-packed calendar of events!
One of the fall events we are still getting great feedback on was our program, WIA Stories: The Journeys of Incredible Women in Aerospace. During this event, we had the great pleasure to hear about the personal journeys and learn valuable lessons from this year’s featured speakers: The Honorable Heather Wilson, 24th and current Secretary of the United States Air Force, and The Honorable Deborah Lee James, 23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force. We were also thrilled to have our host sponsor’s CEO, Lockheed Martin’s Marillyn Hewson, present to make introductions.
From left to right: Lockheed Martin’s CEO Marillyn Hewson, AF Secretary Heather Wilson, Former AF Secretary Deborah Lee James
WIA’s premiere event that truly topped this great year off was our 33rd Annual WIA Awards Dinner and Ceremony, held on November 1st. This night traditionally focuses on highlighting women’s achievements in our industry, but this year’s presenters really raised the bar in how we celebrate women through their moving remarks.
From left to right: Presenter, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Maj Gen Linda Urrutia-Varhall,
2018 Scholarship Winners, Katherine Melbourne, Julia Mihaylov, Madeline Koldos, Esther Putnam,
and Presenter, The Honorable Susan Gordon
Five remarkable women and four inspiring scholars were recognized during the evening. There were unforgettable comments delivered throughout the ceremony, but one of my favorites delivered from our Leadership Award Winner, Barbara J. Smith of SAIC, was, “as you walk through the door, hold it open for the woman behind you.” The spirit of this statement could not have summed up this wonderful night more, and I hope our colleagues continue to live and work by Ms. Smith’s insightful advice.
From left to right: Outstanding Achievement Award Winner Dr. Jessica Koehne, Presenter Dr. Mike Griffin,
Aerospace Awareness Award Winner Dr. Sandra Magnus, and Leadership Award Winner Barbara J. Smith
In closing, I’d like to share the exciting news that we have seen an overall increase in memberships and engagement in all of our programs this past year. Our 2018 Professional Development webinar series has experienced the largest increase in participation across all of our programs with an attendance growth of over 90% from last year! This dramatic growth indicates that the series, which provides techniques and strategies for personal development in a professional environment, is an effective tool for our members – precisely the kind of tangible benefits WIA strives to create. To view what we have in store for 2019’s Professional Development webinar series, please visit our website.
As I look forward to 2019, my sincere hope is that our corporate and individual members continue to work together to propel our industry and each other forward. WIA continues to work on providing quality information and tools to help you stay one-step ahead of what is unfolding in our industry. I am thrilled at the programs and events that are on the horizon! Our full calendar of events for 2019 will be announced soon.
2018 has been a phenomenal year for Women in Aerospace and the future looks bright.
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