In March 1990, 150 people gathered for the first Women in Aviation Conference in Prescott, Arizona, on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus.

No one knew what to expect at that first conference, but after a weekend of networking, it was clear there was a need for more women in the aviation industry. Soon, the conference became an annual event, and in December 1994, Women in Aviation International was established as a professional, non-profit organization.

At #WAI19, we marked 30 years of coming together, mentoring, networking, and sharing the trademark positive energy found at our annual conference. Our members make WAI the passionate, dynamic organization it is, and the future is bright. Watch Long Beach conference highlights.

In 2019:

  • Attendance of more than 4,500 including representatives from 33 countries, joined WAI in Long Beach, California, for the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference. 
  • The exhibit hall hosted 170 companies and organizations representing all aspects of the aviation community, including drones. 
  • A total of 146 scholarships were awarded to WAI members at every stage of their career. The $875,065 in scholarships awarded this year put the total of all WAI scholarships awarded since 1995 over $12,000,000.
  • The WAI chapter network reached 130 global chapters in 17 countries worldwide.

Future Dates for the International Women in Aviation Conference

March 5-7, 2020
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

WAI2020 Exhibitor & Sponsor prospectus

March 11-13, 2021
Reno-Sparks Convention Center
Reno, Nevada

March 17-19, 2022
Gaylord Opryland Resort
Nashville, Tennessee

February 23-25, 2023
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
Long Beach, California

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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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