On February 25th through February 27th, 2010, the Women in
Aviation International organization held their 21st annual
conference; over 3,000 women and men gathered at Disney's Coronado
Springs Resort to celebrate the 2010 WAI Conference theme,
"Aviation – It’s a Small World." Developed in
1990, Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women throughout
aviation career sectors and interests.
WAI's year-round assistance provides networking, education,
mentoring, and scholarship opportunities for all who seek careers
in the aviation and aerospace industries, both women and men.
Additionally, WAI strives to promote public education on historical
contributions of women within the aviation industry. Looking
towards the future, WAI remains fiercely dedicated to the further
advancement of women in aviation.
The organization's 8,000+ membership includes a wide-range of
industry representatives including astronauts, corporate pilots,
maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, flight
attendants, air show performers, educators and students; through
this extensive international membership network, WAI offers a
diverse base for both personal and career development
opportunities, particularly for women within the industry.
In an effort to optimize these networking opportunities, Women
in Aviation, International began annual WAI conferences, holding
the first gathering in 1990. Now, twenty years later, the WAI
conferences remain a crucial hub for both career advancement and
education. Each year, WAI conference attendees partake in
general information sessions, seminars, and educational
forums. Visitors are able to receive face-to-face interaction
with more than 200 industry representatives offering both
employment and educational opportunities. In celebration,
Aero-TV spoke with some of the nearly 3,000 conference attendees to
get their perspectives on the advancement of women in aviation and
how the WAI organization continues to support that
advancement. In the second part of the three-part series,
conference attendees what they thought were the best opportunities
for advancement in aviation fields.