Students and Young Professionals

Welcome Students and Young Professionals!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 32nd Annual International Women In Aviation Virtual Conference, March 11-12, 2021.

In addition to the wonderfully diverse Opening General Sessions and Education Sessions, we have some events planned especially with students and young professionals in mind:


WAI Student Connect Forum

Sponsored by Collins Aerospace

Thursday, March 11  4-5 p.m. EST (After the conclusion of the session, it will become On Demand, to view at your own pace until Wednesday, March 31st.)

Whether you want to become a pilot, maintenance technician, air traffic controller, aviation manager, engineer, or any of the other exciting career opportunities in aviation, you may be wondering where the current job opportunities are in these interesting times. The Student Connect Forum will feature speakers from the airlines, cargo and business aviation, and the many career options available now and in the future.


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WAI YoPro Connect Forum

Sponsored by Executive Jet Management

Friday, March 12  4-5 p.m. EST (After the conclusion of the session, it will become On Demand, to view at your own pace until Wednesday, March 31st.)

Relatively new to your aviation career? Looking for guidance on how to pivot or make your way forward in these unprecedented times? WAI YoPro Connect invites all young professionals (age 40 and younger) to join us for the YoPro Connect Forum, featuring dynamic keynote speaker Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot. You won’t want to miss her advice on how to be gutsy!


If you are age 40 and younger, please provide your input in our short survey as to the resources and tools WAI can provide you during your career path.


Be a Mentor. Find a Mentor.

Sponsored by Solairus Aviation

On Demand

In these challenging times, mentorship can play a key role in keeping you connected. This forum will offer guidance on how to make the most of WAI’s Mentor Connect program. Industry mentors and mentees in various career stages will share their pro tips for creating and making the most of mentor/mentee relationships and offer advice on their experiences to help you navigate your mentor network.


Resumes, Interviews, and Follow Up, Oh My!

Sponsored by UPS

Thursday, March 11

On Demand

Moderator: Gabrielle Palmas

Panelists: Sheryl Barden, Destry Jacobs, Martin Rottler

This session, organized by WAI YoPro Connect, is aimed at young professionals and those who may need a refresher after time away from the industry. Students may find this session educational as well. Our speakers - both job seekers and professional resume reviewers - will review how to build a professional aviation resume and discuss interview do’s and don’ts from both sides. We will also share successful tools on how to follow up with mentors, job prospects, and post-interview. 

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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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