Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Our diverse membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others.

We provide year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members and young people nationally and internationally. Our most recent initiative is our Girls in Aviation Day program for girls ages 8 to 17.

In addition, WAI promotes public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation. This includes historic notables such as Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Eileen Collins, Jeana Yeager, Nicole Malachowski and many others. We recognize these women through our WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame program.

Staff

President Dr. Peggy Chabrian

Operations Manager/Executive Assistant Connie Lawrence

Outreach Director Molly Martin

Member Services Manager/Merchandise Manager Sue Coon

Member Services Specialist Stephanie Gordon

Director of Conferences and Events Kerisa Citro

Conferences and Events Assistant Brooke Hartwig

Exhibit Coordinator/Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace

Director of Communications Kelly Murphy

Art Director Nancy Bink

Advertising Director Lisa DeFrees Lovett

Education and Industry Relations Director Cassandra Bosco

WAI Board Of Directors

WAI Corporate Members

Quick Facts 

Definition

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization that encourages the advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests.

History

WAI began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization. The first International Women in Aviation Conference was held in Prescott, Arizona, in 1990.

Membership Classification (percentage of members)

  • 63% Individual (Professionals/Enthusiasts)
  • 7% International (Outside the U.S.)
  • 28% Student (High school/College and University students)
  • 2% Corporate (Organizations/Corporations)
  • More than 12,000 active members

Member Benefits*

  • Aviation for Women, the official bimonthly publication of Women in Aviation International
  • WAI Connect monthly electronic newsletter 
  • Annual conference for WAI members in all fields of aviation and aerospace
  • Local chapters in communities around the world
  • Government and industry representation
  • Educational outreach programs
  • Network base for personal and career development
  • Scholarships
  • Merchandise and services discounts
  • Aeromedical Advisory Partnership
  • Legal Advisory Program

*Corporate members receive additional benefits including: exhibit discounts at the annual conference, advertising discounts in Aviation for Women magazine and listings in WAI publications.

Annual Conference

  • General sessions, professional development seminars, educational sessions, networking and tours
  •  4,500 attendees from around the world
  • More than 200 exhibits featuring a wide variety of aviation businesses and employers
  • Special events, scholarship awards, Pioneer Hall of Fame induction ceremony

More Statistics

View Current Statistics of Women in Aviation Careers in U.S.

Corporate Members

Benefits of a WAI Membership

WAI members seek to inspire and stand for encouragement, continued education, and a whole lot of fun! If you’re a lover of all things aviation and aerospace, and enjoy sharing your passion with others, we’d love to have you! Membership includes job search opportunities, scholarship opportunities, access to mentors in your industry, and much more.

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