Earlier this month, female leaders and prospective talent across the aviation community gathered for the 32nd Annual Women in Aviation Conference to recognize female excellence in the industry and engage in valuable networking opportunities. However, this year’s event looked markedly different than the previous 31 years. For the first time, the event took place virtually, as essentially every other major industry event has over the last year. With the theme set as “Connect, Engage, Inspire,” the hosting organization, Women in Aviation International (WAI), was proud to host more than 2,300 attendees and 105 exhibitors for this year’s show, reaching 147 global chapters and 22 countries worldwide.

“Our strength is in the celebration of so many like-minded women who come together to share their passion for aviation and aerospace, and we successfully delivered that opportunity…at WAI2021. From a NASA astronaut, top-level women executives, engineers, pilots of all levels right through young students, and other aerospace professions, we are united in a desire to help one another and further our careers and personal lives,” said WAI CEO Allison McKay in a post following the event.

Connected Aviation Today captured some of the highlights from this year’s Women in Aviation Conference shared by attendees and exhibitors on social media. Here’s what they had to say:

The opportunity to hear from women in aviation around the world is one of the key draws for attendees of the Women in Aviation Conference every year. With varied, global perspectives, those interested in growing in the industry can gain a more holistic account of aviation for women today.

Between educational seminars, workshops, networking sessions, and a virtual exhibit hall, there are plenty of opportunities for growth and learning for attendees. This year, some of the topics focused on work/life balance and professional perspective.

One of the most anticipated portions of the event every year includes scholarship awards for budding aviation professionals. This year, 101 scholarships were distributed to WAI members, reaching a total of $475,805.

Hearing directly from female leaders already in the field in order to better understand the opportunities out there for women in aviation is the crux of the event. Access to organizations like Delta and NOAA at the Women in Aviation Conference offers a unique chance for attendees to network and learn more about their potential role in the field.

Connected Aviation Today prides itself on sharing important stories from female leaders in aviation, particularly during Women’s History Month. You can read some of our other coverage championing stories of female leaders in aviation here.

Chelsea Barone

About Chelsea Barone

Chelsea is an editor for Connected Aviation Today, managing the day-to-day editorial activities. Chelsea writes for other federal government and technology industry publications. Her background lies in B2B and enterprise technology, specifically cloud computing, SaaS, travel IT, and mobile devices.