Shelli Brunswick, Chair
As the summer draws to a close, we look ahead to the fall and the exciting events we have on the horizon. WIA continues to work on providing quality information and tools to help you stay one step ahead of what’s coming up in our industry.
One of the events I am most looking forward to is WIA Stories: The Journeys of Incredible Women in Aerospace on September 20th. The program consists of an intimate gathering of colleagues as esteemed women leaders share the story of their personal journey to success. This off the record conversation promises to be filled with helpful advice paired with fantastic stories depicting how each of these incredible women made their mark. Those wishing to attend the event should come prepared to network with colleagues and share their own personal story of success. The featured speakers are 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. I am thrilled to have such exceptionally outstanding women speaking at this unique event.
Next, we have the event I know all of our members anticipate: the 33rd Annual WIA Awards Dinner and Ceremony on November 1st. The recipients of this year’s prestigious awards are five remarkable women whose contributions to the aerospace industry and to the advancement of women in the field are immeasurable. During the ceremony, we will also present four merit-based scholarships to promising young women in the aerospace industry. I look forward to this incredible night that celebrates the trailblazers, the current leaders and the future generation of women in our industry. It is always a humbling and inspiring event – I sincerely hope you are able to join us.
I’d like to end this update by sharing what has been one of the most exciting developments for WIA in 2018. Our Professional Development webinar series has experienced a dramatic increase in participation. Our attendance has increased by 50% and more and more people have been participating as groups. We have even had a webinar presentation that was completely sold out! 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. As registration has increased, so has the demand for recordings of the webinars. You can now purchase and download recordings directly from our website.
As I look forward to the fall, my sincere hope is that our corporate and individual members continue to work together to propel our industry and each other forward. 2018 has been a phenomenal year for Women in Aerospace and the future looks bright.
Women in Aerospace