Chair, AMAC Foundation Board of Directors;
Vice President, Development, SSP America
Welcome to the 38th Annual AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference in San Antonio, Texas. It is my privilege to serve as your AMAC Foundation Chair.
The AMAC Foundation embraces the 2023 theme Cultivate. Innovate. Elevate. This year’s theme speaks to the core of the Foundation’s focus. The Foundation’s mission and vision revolve around providing meaningful scholarships for women and minority students who want to pursue aviation and aerospace careers. With this mission and vision, the Foundation Cultivates by providing scholarships creating fertile ground in advancing the pipeline for women and people of color in aviation careers. Students, including individuals attending trade schools that focus on aviation and aerospace majors, are included as all levels of aviation careers should be considered.
The AMAC Foundation Innovates how we introduce students to aviation and aerospace. Every year, each airport finds new ways to bring technology and science to our Project Leaders Inspiring Future Talent (LIFT) program. Project LIFT is an interactive learning and mentoring event exposing students to educational and career paths in the aviation industry. At Project LIFT, students engage in various activities, including science and piloting simulators, top-level speakers in the industry, workshops on how to use drones, interactive airport tours, museum visits and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects.
Lastly, the AMAC Foundation Elevates not only the students we interact with, but we also work in tandem with the AMAC Board and National Office to advance AMAC’s mission. The Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast has become a premier event at the AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference. We have featured amazing women in aviation and aerospace, such as Mae Jamieson—the first African American Astronaut; Angela Rye—CNN Commentator and Isa Rae— an Actress, Producer and Writer. This event grows each year and provides a unique experience for conference participants.
The AMAC Foundation Board is excited to host all our events, including the Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament and a Silent Auction. We appreciate every dollar donated to the AMAC Foundation through sponsorships, donations and event tickets.
Thank you for supporting the AMAC Foundation and helping us achieve our mission.
Welcome to San Antonio!