IAWA announces general aviation women’s leadership forum


The International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA) has opened registration for its inaugural general aviation leadership forum, which will be hosted in the Privaira Aviation hangar at Boca Raton Airport, Florida, on January 25, 2018.

The event will focus on the opportunities for growth in the industry, with an emphasis on attracting, retaining and promoting women in aviation. Attendees will include thought leaders in behavioral intelligence, innovation and regulatory affairs; and pioneers in flight and humanitarian use of private aviation. The forum’s focus will be on taking general aviation to the next level and exploring women’s place in the cause.

René Banglesdorf, CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation and VP of communications for IAWA, said, “Research shows companies are more profitable when they have diversity in decision making, leadership and mentoring.

“Until now, general aviation has shirked intentional discussions about increasing women’s involvement in the industry. No more. We’ve put together an agenda filled with industry influencers to talk about how women can help avert the coming pilot and mechanic shortages and revitalize interest in our industry.”

The day-long program will include roundtable discussions about what participants can do as individuals, business leaders and general aviation community members to encourage and empower one another and the generations to follow. Registration is open to members and non-members or all genders.

The event will feature keynote speaker Shaesta Waiz, the first Afghan-native to receive her civilian pilot’s license who recently completed a round-the-world solo flight.

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