Ladies, Plan Your Flights to Dallas
By ANN Correspondent Rose Dorcey
If you are a woman involved aviation, you'll want to be in
Dallas (TX) for the 16th Annual International Women in Aviation
Conference March 10-12, 2005.
The event promises something for everyone, as evidenced by the
long list of speakers, exhibitors, educational sessions and
professional development seminars. Dr. Peggy Chabrian, president of
Women in Aviation, International said conference registrations are
"Our registrations are about eight percent ahead of last year,
and we're on track to meet or exceed our all time record of
"The speaker line-up is spectacular," Chabrian went on to say.
"Among the many distinguished speakers who will be there, we'll
have Colleen Barrett, CEO of Southwest Airlines and Gretchen Jahn,
President/CEO of Mooney Aircraft."
Indeed, a quick look at the WIA
website shows an impressive list of representatives from various
airlines, and several aviation universities, organizations and
businesses. Congressman John Mica, Chairman of the Aviation
Subcommittee, is the featured speaker at the closing banquet. The
Educational Sessions list includes such varied titles as No Women
Pilots Needed: The WASP after the War; Networking---Building Your
Strategic Alliances; Flying while Pregnant; Build Your Own
Airplane; and Preparing Successful Resumes.
Attendees can also learn about scholarship opportunities. "Close
to a half-million dollars in scholarships will be given at the
conference," said Chabrian. "In March of 1996, we started our
scholarship program with just two - $500 scholarships."
In addition to the multitude of opportunities to learn and
network with those in diverse aviation fields, Chabrian also noted
that the organization will launch its new membership campaign at
(Correspondents Rose Dorcey and Aleta Vinas will be in Dallas
next month for the WAI event -- the proper authorities have been
alerted, contributions to the bail fund would be appreciated.