WAI Conferences

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.

In 2023, WAI marked 34 years of coming together and held one of its largest and most successful annual gatherings February 25-27, 2023, in Long Beach, California, at the Long Beach Convention Center. WAI2023 delivered numerous opportunities to network, mentor, and share the trademark positive energy found at our annual conference. Our members make WAI the passionate, dynamic organization it is, and the future is bright as we make plans to gather for the 35th Annual WAI Conference March 21-23, 2024, in Orlando, Florida.

In 2023:

  • A total attendance of more than 4,500 from around the world.
  • The exhibit hall hosted nearly 200 separate companies and organizations representing all aspects of the aviation community.
  • A total of 83 scholarships were distributed to WAI members at every stage of life for both academic use, lifestyle enhancement, and flight training including type ratings. Since 1995, more than $15.4 million have been awarded in scholarships.
  • The WAI chapter network reached 170 global chapters in over 20 countries worldwide.

2024 Women in Aviation International Conference

Past Conferences

WAI Conferences

Future Dates for the Women in Aviation International Conference
March 21-23, 2024

Orlando World Center Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

March 27-29, 2025

Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
Denver, Colorado

March 19-21, 2026

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
Grapevine, Texas