Dear WIA Members,
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year! As we start a new decade, I wanted to give my sincerest thank you to all of our sponsors, as well as our very loyal members, who continue to show their support for Women in Aerospace. Your work inside and outside of this organization is much appreciated. I am looking forward to the New Year as we continue to build on our incredible success.
I would like to start by announcing three new board members that have been elected to join our current leadership:
Brandon Eden of United Launch Alliance
Stephen Ganote of Avascent
Susan Nelson of Aerojet Rocketdyne
These three individuals join an already active and dedicated group of individuals. To view the full 2020 Board of Directors, please click here.
Exciting things are happening in 2020. Stay tuned as we will soon be requesting volunteers for new WIA committees to focus on involvement of members around the country as well as early career members. I will communicate more information on these efforts in the next couple of months.
We have an impressive programming schedule this year. I wanted to take a moment to re-introduce this year’s WIA Program Series:
· WIA’s Breakfast Club: Policy Talks!
o Join us for a truly unique round table discussion featuring thought-provoking discourse and responses from select Congressional Committees. Key professional staffers from the Hill will provide members with an exclusive look into their responses to the forecasts and trends that will influence the government and the industry in the near future. This event is off the record.
· WIA Stories: The Journeys of Incredible Women in Aerospace
o You are invited to join WIA for an intimate gathering of colleagues as esteemed women leaders share the story of their personal journeys 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. Come prepared to network with colleagues and share your own personal success story.
· WIA’s Book Signing Series
o The newest addition to the WIA Program Series, the book signing series will allow WIA to feature inspirational, published authors and the stories they have to share. Event attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to meet the authors, ask questions, and go home with a signed copy of the author’s book.
We have a busy schedule, starting in February, and we hope to see you at one, or all of our events!
· February 4, 2020
o WIA’s Book Signing Series with The Honorable Deborah Lee James, 23rd Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and author of Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success. Noblis, Inc is our host for this event in Washington, D.C. Register today!
o WIA’s Breakfast Club: Policy Talks! The Current and Future Issues in Aerospace and Defense. Featured speakers for this event include Sarah Mineiro, John “J.R.” Riordan and Leonor Tomero. Ball Aerospace is our host for this event in Arlington, VA. Register today!
· April 21, 2020
o WIA’s Breakfast Club: Policy Talks! Featured speakers will be announced on a later date. Jacobs is our host for this event in Washington, D.C. Register today!
· May 13, 2020
o WIA’s Book Signing Series with Alan Ladwig, author of See You in Orbit? Our Dream of Spaceflight. Noblis, Inc is our host for this event in Washington, D.C. Register today!
· June 9, 2020 *this event will be livestreamed
o WIA Stories: The Journeys of Incredible Women in Aerospace. Featured speakers will be announced on a later date. Avascent is our host for this event in Washington, D.C. Register today!
· November 10, 2020
o WIA Stories: The Journeys of Incredible Women in Aerospace. Featured speakers will be announced on a later date. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) is our host for this event in Arlington, VA. Register today!
WIA’s popular professional development webinar series is also returning in 2020. We will be announcing this year’s dates and themes very soon. Stay tuned!
Finally, this year marks our 35th WIA Awards Dinner & Ceremony that will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the Ritz Carlton-Pentagon City in Arlington, VA. This annual event is dedicated to celebrating women’s professional excellence in aerospace and honoring the achievements of several accomplished aerospace professionals. You will be able to submit nominations for this year’s winners very soon via our website. We hope you can join us again for WIA’s premier event of the year.
I look forward to starting this new decade as the Chair of Women in Aerospace and getting to experience everything WIA has to offer with you.
Women in Aerospace