Women in Aviation International (WAI) 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 and airline pilots, maintenance technicians, engineers, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others. At WAI, we strive to encourage, empower, and educate all those whose lives and work involve aviation and aerospace without regard to gender identity, race, age, sexual orientation, physicial or mental abilities, ethnicity or point of view. We know with certainty that our shared passion for airplanes transcends any differences among us.
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.
CEO Allison McKay
Director of Communications Kelly Murphy
Operations Manager/Executive Assistant Connie Lawrence
Outreach Director Molly Martin
Member Services Manager/Merchandise Manager Sue Coon
Renewal Member Services Manager Stephanie Gordon
Director of Conferences and Events Kerisa Citro
Conferences and Events Assistant Hope Moore
Exhibit Coordinator/Scholarship Coordinator Donna Wallace
Senior Art Director Nancy Bink
Business Development Manager/Exhibits Jennifer Saddler Thomas
Education and Industry Relations Director Cassandra Bosco
Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization that encourages the advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Learn more about the perks of WAI membership from our new infographic.
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.
*Corporate members receive additional benefits including: exhibit discounts at the annual conference, advertising discounts in Aviation for Women magazine and listings in WAI publications.