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Looking back on a night of honors...
On October 13th, the industry gathered to celebrate Women in Aerospace's 37th Annual Awards Dinner & Ceremony. We were honored to highlight those who received and presented awards and scholarships for 2022. Each introduction and acceptance speech conveyed the diversity of ways that women are breaking barriers in this field. We are so humbled to have had so many of you in the room to help commemorate this event.
2022 Leadership Award Winner, Janet Grondin with Presenter, The Honorable Pamela Melroy
2022 Scholarship Winners (left to right): WIA Vice-Chair, Jennifer Hanley, Omokhuwele Umoru, Jordyn Amoy,
Simran Dhoju, and Lauren Bansberg
One of the most inspiring parts of the ceremony was dedicated to the four WIA Foundation scholarship winners. These young women have demonstrated an incredible passion for aerospace throughout their college careers. It will be amazing to see how much of an impact they will bring to this field, and we are very proud to have been a part of each of their unique journeys.
Seven incredible women were awarded our 2022 top honors. Their careers are varied, although a common theme across majority of them is that they are educators, influencing the next generation of women in STEM and aerospace. This year's awardees ranged from a research scientist, engineers turned project managers, an educational outreach manager, a CEO, an educator at the Air Force Academy, and even a former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and current University President. Each of them has led by example. Our award winners have broken many barriers for women in the STEM field, which, in turn, now serves as a guide to the younger generations. 
WIA was also very excited to present our Allyship Award for the first time, which highlights any individual (man or woman) who actively promotes and aspires to advance a culture of inclusion for women through purposeful, positive and intentional efforts that benefit women in the aerospace community.
WIA is once again very humbled to acknowledge all of our recipients’ phenomenal achievements. We hope you enjoyed our premier event of the year, and we look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Awards Dinner & Ceremony. Please visit our website for more photos and information on memberships, scholarships and donating to our Foundation.
2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner,
Dr. Heather Wilson
2022 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner,
Dr. Xinfeng Gao
2022 Allyship Award Winner, Melody Wheelwright with Presenter, John Hill
2022 Aerospace Awareness Award Winner, Denise Henry
2022 Initiative-Inspiration-Impact Award Winner, Kate Kelly, with Presenter, Dr. Ezinne Uzo-Okoro
2022 Aerospace Educator Award Winner, Dr. Martiqua Post