NBAA’s convention and trade show is about networking, and no one knows how to network better than the women and men who are at the core of the non-profit Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA). Instead of holding down a booth, these generous individuals, with the support of the companies the work for, comb the halls as they work to create opportunities for those trying to break into the industry.
So, who are these women in corporate aviation? Some, such as Sheryl Barden, president of API, NBAA members know well, but others, such as board member Liz Clark, corporate pilot for Fred Smith at FedEx, or member Nancy Fullbright, corporate communications specialist for Gulfstream Aerospace, or WCA president Brenda Miles, product director-Team Sikorsky & Piaggio Aero for FlightSafety International, work more in the background. Nevertheless, they are responsible for increasing the awareness of corporate aviation, and the safety of aviation, on a day-to-day basis.
At its annual NBAA luncheon this year Women in Corporate Aviation presented 11 scholarship winners with training awards ranging from Cessna CJ3 initial flight training to corporate flight attendant training, to dispatcher license training and to aviation management–and more. The value of the training awards ranged from $1,000 to more than $22,000, and the 11 awards totalled almost $50,000.
Winners were: Johanna Ford, Aircare Facts training; Ana Ayala, CAE SimuFlite CJ3 flight training; Stephanie Cobb, Gulfstream Aerospace maintenance technology training; Allison Couch, Medaire inflight illness management training; Kristen Anderson, Susan Friedenberg corporate flight attendant training; Anna Sondelski, Norma Noe and Tamara Collins, Universal Weather and Aviation dispatcher license training; Carla Negri and Lisa Lewis, WCA aviation management scholarship; and Taylor Ratliff, WCA career scholarship.
Want to know more about how your company can contribute to next year’s scholarship campaign? Browse to www.wca-intl.org.