In March 1990, 150 people gathered for the first Women in Aviation Conference in Prescott, Arizona, on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus.
No one knew what to expect at that first conference, but after a weekend of networking, it was clear there was a need for more women in the aviation industry. Soon, the conference became an annual event, and in December 1994, Women in Aviation International was established as a professional, non-profit organization.
This year, we mark 29 years of coming together, mentoring, networking, and sharing the trademark positive energy found at our annual conference. Our members make WAI the passionate, dynamic organization it is, and the future is bright.
- Attendance of 4,500 including representatives from 19 countries, joined WAI in Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the 28th annual International Women in Aviation Conference.
- The exhibit hall hosted 165 separate companies and organizations representing all aspects of the aviation community.
- A total of 120 scholarships were awarded to WAI members at every stage of their career. The $643,274 in scholarships awarded this year put the total of all WAI scholarships awarded since 1995 over $10,000,000.