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The Women in Aerospace Awards Dinner & Ceremony is an annual event dedicated to celebrating women’s professional excellence in aerospace. The Awards Ceremony is WIA’s premiere event of the year, honoring women whose outstanding contributions to the aerospace community are legendary. Participation in the event demonstrates your commitment to WIA’s mission: to expand women’s opportunities for leadership and increase their visibility in the aerospace community.

The 2021 dinner and ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington VA.

Register to Attend the Awards Dinner

WIA encourages interested parties to purchase tables and individual seating early to be sure space is available. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Register Here!

The 2020 Award Recipients are:

Outstanding Achievement Award

Dr. Nicole Wagner, Farmington, CT, is recognized for her exceptional leadership, creativity in expanding the boundaries of space-based research, and generous support for young women in aerospace.

Aerospace Awareness Award

Terita Norton, Chantilly, VA, is recognized for her exemplary leadership skills, significant contributions to the industry, and dedication to the advancement of women in aerospace over her career.

Initiative, Inspiration, Impact Award

Emily Smith, Salt Lake City, UT, is recognized for her excellence and drive of leading edge defense technology to new heights, providing protection to our airborne armed forces.

Leadership Award

Kathryn Lueders, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., is recognized for her unprecedented vision and unparalleled leadership that has enabled others to succeed in a new era of space exploration with public-private partnerships.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Lori Garver, Washington, D.C., is recognized for her courageous leadership and dedication to a revitalized, valuable and sustainable aerospace industry and her tenacious advocacy for the advancement of women and gender minorities in the field. As a longtime leader and role model in the aerospace industry, Garver has made it her personal mission to continue to create a more diverse workforce, as she did when co-founding the Brooke Owens Fellowship.

Read About This Year’s Awardee’s

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Nominations are open now!