Seminars and Workshops

Cleared for Takeoff: Generating Mental Lift While Grounded

Presented by NGPA’s Women’s Committee

Panelists: Natascha Fuller, Casey Fuller, Reini Thijssen, Kiersten Orrick

On Demand

An interactive and empowering discussion highlighting the importance of prioritizing mental health and the need for minority groups to remain connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This discussion will be facilitated by the NGPA’s Women’s Committee featuring two prominent mental health providers sharing their knowledge and experience navigating self-care, neurochemical understanding, and resources available. They will emphasize the mental health aspect of isolation and our reliance on virtual programming. You won’t want to miss this session and will learn to tackle mental health stigma within the aviation community.


Aerospace Educators Workshop

Sponsored by AOPA

Presented by FAA AVSED Team

Thursday, March 11   9–9:30 a.m. (Live discussion group 9–10 a.m.) EST (After the conclusion of the session, it will become On Demand, to view at your own pace until Wednesday, March 31st.)

With a predicted shortage of skilled employees for the growing number of aerospace jobs, it is important that we develop programs that inspire students to pursue aviation careers. join us for a panel discussion featuring aviation education experts who will share a simple, hands-on activity that can be brought into the classroom to teach aviation STEM skills.


USAF - Finding Confidence and Mental Toughness with Maj Gen Jeannie Leavitt

Thursday, March 11  2 - 4 p.m. EST

Where does your confidence stem from? On Thursday, March 11, Maj Gen Jeannie Leavitt will discuss how confidence and mental toughness can turn your challenges into opportunities and how to navigate those opportunities in today’s world.

After she graduated undergraduate pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, Maj Gen Leavitt went on to become the service’s first female fighter pilot, immediately after a policy change which allowed women to serve in air combat positions. Throughout her career, she has been consistently reminded of how she was the first—the first female fighter pilot, the first female to apply and be accepted to weapons school, and the first female to command the 57th Wing at Nellis AFB.

No stranger to a challenge, Maj Gen Leavitt has confidently approached each one as an opportunity. As mental toughness and confidence continue to develop in each of us as we grow through new experiences, it’s important to remember we have the freedom to rise above any obstacle. Hear from the expert on how to be persistent, process stress and rise every time you fall. Join us on Thursday, March 11, as Maj Gen Leavitt discusses how to become your strongest, most confident self and more.

After her discussion, feel free to stay and connect with mentors in our Air Force room. Our aviatrixes are ready to talk about the United States Air Force Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps, Civil Air Patrol, Civilian Services, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Let us help you make your dreams a reality. We’ll see you there!


USAF - Pathway to Wings

Friday, March 12  8:30 - 9:30 a.m. EST

This interactive brief will discuss how you can become an officer in the U.S. Air Force, aviation careers and scholarships. We will also host a live discussion with aviators where you’ll be able to learn about their career paths and how you can start your own. After attending this presentation, you’ll see how earning your wings in the Air Force is just the beginning of an exciting future.


USAF -  Women Aviatrix Mentorship Panel

Friday, March 12  2 - 4 p.m. EST

In this panel, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with our aviatrixes and discuss topics such as leadership, careers, lifestyle, relationships, motherhood and many more. We know that joining the military is a big decision, so our mentors are here to help you as you start your journey. Bring your questions and get ready for some enlightening conversations. We will see you there!

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