Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Our diverse membership includes astronauts, corporate, airline and private pilots, maintenance technicians, engineers, air traffic controllers, aviation business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers, and many others.
We provide year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members, and young people nationally and internationally. One of our most popular initiatives is our Girls in Aviation Day program for girls ages 8 to 17.
WAI promotes public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation. This includes historic notables such as Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Eileen Collins, Jeana Yeager, Nicole Malachowski and many others. We recognize these women through our WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame program.
CEO Allison McKay
Director, Conferences & Events Kerisa Citro
Chief Growth Officer Stephanie Kenyon
Director, Member Engagement Molly Martin
Director, Communications Kelly Murphy
Director, Operations and Finance Patt Poinsett
Member Services Manager Stephanie Gordon
Art Director Jennifer Moore
Scholarship and Exhibit Coordinator Donna Wallace
Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization that encourages the advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Learn more about the benefits of WAI membership from our new infographic.
WAI began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization. The first International Women in Aviation Conference was held in Prescott, Arizona, in 1990.
*Corporate members receive additional benefits including: exhibit discounts at the annual conference, advertising discounts in Aviation for Women magazine and listings in WAI publications.
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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.