Women in Aviation Holds Successful 26th Annual Conference
Women in Aviation International just wrapped up their 26th annual conference this year which was held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a non-profit organization that aims to encourage and help advance women in all aviation related careers and interests.
The snowy start didn’t slow down the activities even when cancelled flights made it hard for attendees to make it to the conference. Each days schedule included education sessions, seminars and workshops. Attendees could also participate in tours of the DFW control tower and the American Airlines Flight Academy and Line and Base Maintenance.
The exhibit hall had 151 displays for organizations and companies. An airline career fair was held in a separate ballroom to help keep down the congestion in the exhibit hall experienced the previous year. The evenings were filled with dinners, socials and banquets. Attendance of the conference spanning three days was 4,572 with 183 international attendees. Saturday, the conference hosted a “Girls in Aviation” Day that brought in almost 200 girls to participate in hands on aviation activities. Scholarships were awarded to 102 WAI members totaling in $606,730.
This was my very first year attending the conference and it certainly won’t be my last. I was representing my airline as a recruiter which involved talking to pilots interested in a position at our company. From time to time I was able to sneak away from our booth and explore the conference. It being my first WAI conference, I didn’t really know what to expect. I was amazed at the amount of people in attendance as well as all of the opportunities to participate in different activities. It was incredible to see so many female aviators and aviation enthusiasts in one place. I met so many wonderful people and made a lot of great memories!
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