Sunday, March 29, 2015

Looking for a career as an engineer?

[invitation to WAI from career fair organizers]

(Note that attending this event is FREE.)

Invitation to ASME & IEEE Engineering Career Fair partner with Ryerson, PEO, STLE, WIE

The working world is a unique entity.  One entwined in their knowledge of engineering, their engineering education, their networks and their projects may find that, of all things, immersing themselves in the engineering profession could seem the most difficult thing of all.  If you can relate to this train of thought then on behalf of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Ontario Section, Ryerson University, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Toronto Section, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Toronto Section, Professional Eningineers of Ontario (PEO), Woman In Engineering (WIE) Ryerson we’re proud to offer you a helping hand in changing that! 

On May 14th, 2015 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. EST at Ryerson University, we are proud to present the ASME & IEEE Engineering Career Fair

If you’re a budding engineer looking to kick off their career by landing that dream entry position or are an experienced engineering graduate looking for a change in professional scenery, this is your opportunity.  The career fair will play host to numerous engineering companies, organizations and societies of all fields (i.e. aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering) looking to recruit the right candidate. Polish that resume, prepare that cover letter and do your research because that candidate could be you!  

In collaboration with Ryerson University, STLE Toronto, PEO York, Peo Hamilton-Burlington, WIE Ryerson and numerous other organizations and engineering companies; ASME Ontario and IEEE Toronto are in a joint effort to provide job opportunities for the thousands of expected attending engineering professionals, broadening from all engineering fields. 

Organizations that have shown interest thus far include:

·     ACCES Employment.

·     Aerotek

·     DCL International

·     Investors Group

·     Lincoln Electric

·     Magnet

·     Medonyx

·     Noranco Inc

·     Oasys Healthcare

·     RCM Technologies

·     Roland DGA

·     Stantec

·     YDelay

Registration is completely free as is attending the ASME & IEEE Engineering Career Fair in person.  As it stands the list of interested hosting companies will continue to grow and final confirmation updates will be provided to our registered attendees as we approach the final date of the fair. 

Our team and its cooperating companies are delighted to bring this career-changing opportunity to your attention but if you’re seeking to land that available job position then the last and only step required of you is attending!  If interested, we look forward to seeing you there on May 14th.  Thank you and have a great day!

Monday, March 23, 2015

ERAU Conference Wrap Up Release


March 23, 2015

Embry-Riddle Students Score More Than $30,000 in Scholarships at International Women in Aviation Conference  

A Graduate Network Gathering, Girls in Aviation Day Also Draw Crowds at Annual Event Celebrating Female Flyers  

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – With a shared vision to foster future female aviators, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University continued a long tradition of participating in the Women in Aviation, International (WAI) annual conference held earlier this month in Dallas.  

With a record-breaking 4,572 attendees from 16 countries, the March 5-7 conference theme of “Connect. Engage. Inspire.” was a very familiar mantra for Embry-Riddle students, staff, faculty and graduates in attendance. Embry-Riddle students and faculty have participated as exhibitors, attendees and recipients of awards in all 26 of WAI’s annual conferences.

Representatives from the university’s Women Ambassadors as well as organizers of the university’s Bring Your Daughter Day were in attendance. Networking and support of women aviators came in the forms of gatherings, advice and mentor panels and the presentation of scholarships to future pilots.  

Six students representing both residential campuses were awarded scholarships totaling $33,000 (listed in descending order of amount):

-          Elizabeth Worsham (Daytona Beach) – American Airlines and American Eagle Engineer Scholarship ($7,000) and Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship ($2,500)

-          Nathalie Quintero (Daytona Beach) – Delta Air Lines Engineering Scholarship ($7,000)

-          Jenny Chabrian (Daytona Beach) –  Airbus Leadership Grant ($5,000) and DTC Travel Award Scholarship ($500)

-          Shelby King (Prescott) – Republic Airways’ "Nothing But Blue Skies" Aviator Scholarship ($5,000)

-          Hannah Burright (Prescott) – WAI Washington Chapter-Janet Clark Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), WAI Achievement Award ($1,000) and Chevron Travel Award Scholarship ($1,000)

-          Anna Romer (Daytona Beach) – Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship ($2,500)

The university hosts WAI chapters as well as Women in Aviation Day and Girls Rock It Days at its residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. Embry-Riddle’s College of Engineering at the Daytona Beach Campus recently received a $10,000 award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Microsoft Research to provide research opportunities, career, internship and co-op positions, and professional conferences and competitions across engineering programs for female students. And the university’s Women Ambassadors program connects current female students with other students and alumni for mentoring and guidance.
With female enrollment numbers across all campuses increasing, the nonprofit university continues to provide resources and programs to support women interested in careers in aviation, aerospace, engineering, security, business and more.
“We are extremely proud of the increase in female enrollment numbers we’re seeing not only as the industry demands it, but as the future of aviation evolves,” said Embry-Riddle’s Senior Vice President for External Relations Bill Hampton. “To keep up with that growth, it is imperative that we as a university continuously look at relationships in the industry and with groups like Women in Aviation, International to strengthen those bonds, to tap into that passion and be at the forefront of innovative, effective ways to provide educational and real-life opportunities for all students.”

 At the conference, Embry-Riddle also participated in Girls in Aviation Day. Centered around the theme of “Find Your Passion,” the event featured a panel of women professionals in diverse fields within aviation including the FAA, F-18 and helo pilots in the armed forces, a corporate aviation pilot, a Boeing business analyst, aviation educators, an airport infrastructure vice president, an electrical engineer (avionics) and others who talked with and answered questions from aviation-inspired girls ages 12-17.

But it wasn’t just about the future of aviation – there were special university events at the conference for those already succeeding in it. More than 230 Embry-Riddle graduates, current students and guests attended the university’s alumni gathering March 6 in Dallas. Highlights included the announcement of the scholarship winners, a welcome by Prescott Campus Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and special acknowledgment of mother and daughter graduates – Gigi Lopez and Diana Cobas – who walked together during the 2014 commencement, and Daytona Beach graduate Susan Horstman, the first female pilot hired by Pan Am. For photos of the event, click here. For more information on upcoming Embry-Riddle Alumni Relations events, go to

“The relationship between Embry-Riddle and WAI began with our first conference held in Prescott (Arizona) in 1990 when I was the Dean on the Prescott Campus,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “It has grown over the years to reflect the shared commitment to mentoring, support and networking for not just up-and-coming female pilots at Embry-Riddle, but all women in aviation. WAI truly feels it is a part of the Embry-Riddle family.”

 The 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., from March 10-12, 2016. For more information, visit


Media Contact: Melanie Hanns, Director of University Communications, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Office: (386) 226-7538;


About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 75 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and, and find expert videos at



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Mentors Needed for EAA's Women Soar You Soar

The Experimental Aircraft Association is looking for female mentors who will provide guidance, support, and advice to girls who participate in the Women Soar You Soar day camp held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

The camp is scheduled from Sunday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 22. Through the camp, high school girls are introduced to women mentors who work in aviation fields - from engineers to fighter pilots. As they pursue their dreams in aviation, the girls spend time at the camp in career exploration, flight simulation, workshops, sessions with mentors, and more.

To learn more, visit Applications to participate as a mentor are due May 1.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Veterans Airlit Command Flies 10,000 Passengers

[news release]

GAMA Applauds Veterans Airlift Command for Flying 10,000 Combat-Wounded Passengers and Families

Washington, DC—The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today congratulated the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) on flying their 10,000th passenger. The flight took place from Gaithersburg, Maryland to the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in Florida. The VAC is a volunteer organization that coordinates a U.S. network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots to provide free air transportation to post-9/11 combat-wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes.

“The Veterans Airlift Command provides an invaluable service to those brave men and women who have given so much in the defense of freedom,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “The historic milestone of transporting the 10,000th passenger demonstrates the commitment to warriors wounded or injured during this long war against terrorism and the passion of the general aviation community to support these heroes and their families as long as there is a need.”

More information about VAC can be found at

Monday, March 16, 2015

Flying Musicians Scholarship

[news release]

Flying Musicians Announce Solo Scholarship Awards Program

March 17, 2015: Fort Worth, TX: The Flying Musicians Association announces the creation of the FMA Solo Scholarship Award program. The lucky recipients will receive scholarships that will pay for their primary flight training, through their first solo. In cooperation with FMA’s corporate members and sponsors nationwide, this program will fund four scholarships to juniors or seniors in high school who have been nominated by their band/music director.  

FMA recognizes that so many skills are held in common between pilots and musicians (such as paying attention to a complex environment, reacting to unusual occurrences, utilizing complex inputs and resources, and managing several tasks simultaneously) and so is coordinating a program for young musicians who want to be pilots. 

The process is simple. An aviation-enthusiastic junior or senior who is a high school band member is screened and then partnered, through FMA, with a local flight school in our network. These schools specialize in training beginning pilots and have joined the FMA Bandwagon. 

When the student has passed the flight physical, ab initio training takes the student through first solo. Then, the participating flight school will be reimbursed by FMA for up to fifteen hours of ground and dual instruction provided.
FMA corporate members and sponsors will also assist the student with free and reduced-cost training materials. Sporty’s Pilot Shop, for one, has already committed to donating four Learn to Fly courses. 

For details and application materials, high school band directors should contact Help spread the word to your high school!


About the Flying Musicians Association, Inc:

The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of pilots who are musicians, spanning the globe, proficiency levels and genres. The goal is to share our passions in order to inspire, educate, and encourage others by creating enthusiasm and promoting personal growth in aviation and music. “Pilot Musicians sharing their passion while encouraging and educating youth (& adults) in the science and art of aeronautics and music.”


Friday, March 6, 2015

Connect With Aviation for Women magazine Editor-in-Chief

Kelly Nelson has been editor of Aviation for Women for just over a year now. We gave Kelly five questions to answer, and here’s what we’ve learned:

How has your first year as AFW editor been?

I have really enjoyed my first year with Women in Aviation, International, getting to know the ins and outs of each issue throughout the year, meeting and working with the regular contributors and columnists, and hearing from the members. It was a year of learning for me.
In September I led my first magazine retreat and enjoyed going over the member feedback we received from our issue surveys and really examining the magazine content with the WAI editorial team. I’m excited with the plans we came up with for 2015, and hope to continue getting great feedback from members so we can continue to produce a “must read” publication.

You’ve won a WAI scholarship in the past. What advice do you have for applying for a WAI scholarship?

Never give up. Pay attention to the details, and take care with your application.
Something that was eye opening to me when I found myself on the other side of the scholarship application scenario was how few people sometimes applied for a scholarship. Your application could be one of only a handful, increasing your odds more than you may realize.
Of course, if your application isn’t in tip-top shape, the odds may still not be in your favor. Take care with your application, be thoughtful with your essay, personalize the application to the scholarship you are applying for wherever possible. That may mean different letters of recommendation if you are applying for two scholarships, or different essays or version of an essay. You need to demonstrate to the scholarship committee that you are right for their particular scholarship, and they may not see it if it’s clear your essay and letters are “one size fits all.”

And, of course, try, try again! If there’s something you really want, don’t hesitate to apply a second year if you don’t get it the first. You may have been the committee’s second choice this year. Next year, they’ll remember you when they see your application and will likely read with interest to discover all that you’ve done in the meantime.

If a member has an idea for an article in AFW, what should they do?

I’m always looking for great ideas! Feature stories I consider on a case-by-case basis and my decision usually involves our need for content, the overall mix of content for each issue and over the course of the year, and the quality of the writing. I want to tell WAI member stories more than anything else and will often want to know if the story subject is a member.

We also have two important sections that can only be supported by member-submitted content: Where Are They Now? and In Our Own Words. Where Are They Now? features stories by past scholarship winners detailing what they were able to accomplish through the WAI scholarship program and the things that they learned in the process. I really enjoy reading these because it shows the varied backgrounds of our scholarship winners, as well as the immense potential a simple scholarship can provide. As a past scholarship winner myself, I never cease to be amazed at the variety doors these opportunities can open for people. In Our Own Words pieces are short essays that share a unique experience and may or may not have a lesson learned or take away.
In any case, I love hearing from members. Letters to the editor letting me know how you felt about an article or sharing your thoughts about aviation current events, news about your recent accomplishments, even just ideas for things you’d like to see in the magazine—they’re all worth shooting me an email ( about. My contact info is in every issue and online as well!

 What’s the best part of a WAI Conference for you?

That’s hard to say! I only have one under my belt on staff and, even though I was far busier last year than any other, I think the people and connections are still top on my list. I am not a super outgoing person by nature, but I do really enjoy meeting new people and reconnecting with them at the conference year after year.

If you were to describe the WAI Conference in one word, what would it be?

Women in Corporate Aviation Award Scholarships

Women in Corporate Aviation to Award $17K in Scholarships at WAI15

DALLAS – March 6, 2015 – Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) will award more than $17,550 in aviation training scholarships to seven business aviation professionals today, Friday, March 6, at its annual membership meeting during the 26th Annual Women in Aviation Conference (#WAI15) held in Dallas, Texas.

“In 2014, together with our corporate partners and members, Women in Corporate Aviation distributed nearly $100,000 in scholarship funds to our members—and we’re on track to beat that number in 2015,” said Brenda Miles, President, Women in Corporate Aviation. “We are proud to provide a wide range of educational and training opportunities to our WCA members – just one of the many benefits of membership.”

The 2015 spring WCA training scholarships will be divided among the following recipients:

  • Melinda Hruby, Tinoka Alisa Dean and LaMisha Thompson each won a $3,500 six-day initial course from Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Training.
  • Amy Jo George won a $2,000 Women in Corporate Aviation career scholarship to assist in her professional development.
  • Gabrielle Palmas won a $1,000 Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation.
  • Caitlyn Keogh won a $2,350 Viterbi Aviation Safety & Security scholarship from the University of Southern California.
  • Wendy Zimmerman won a $1,700 Flight Procedures Training scholarship from Air Training International (ATI). 

During the annual meeting, WCA members will elect new officers, network with their peers and participate in presentation for annual WCA awards as well as scholarships. Afterward, members are invited to stay for a networking cocktail reception sponsored by Walmart Aviation.

To apply for 2015 fall scholarships, which will be presented at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhbition, visit

About Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) - WCA is a premier 501(C)(3) non-profit mentoring association for professionals in corporate and business aviation. Providing networking, mentoring, scholarships and educational opportunities for current and future corporate/business aviation professionals, WCA offers individual and corporate memberships. For more information, visit

Off to a Snowy Start

The 26th annual International Women in Aviation Conference kicked off to a rare snowy start on Thursday, with a blanket of clean, white snow covering Dallas and causing all kinds of unique challenges—from airline delays, slippery streets, and attendees needing somewhere to store winter coats for the day.
But true to WAI spirit, a little snow couldn’t hold anyone down for long. The halls were bustling as the first round of Fast Pass interviews began, professional development seminars took place, and the conference Exhibit Hall opened its doors for the first time. Last night, conference-goers met and mingled at the opening reception as a warm up for the weekend’s activities.
With a near record-setting number of exhibitors, the Exhibit Hall will be a “must see” today, and a great place to kick off your networking activities. These are the companies and organizations that support WAI, so support them with your visits and interest.
Friday begins with a General Session and breaks for the WAI Luncheon (ticket required). This afternoon, you have your pick of Education Sessions—something to fit most every interest. Friday night you are on your own for dinner and socializing, so make the most of this opportunity to network with your new contacts.
“It’s our members who bring their incredible energy and enthusiasm that makes this conference such a winner,” says WAI resident Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “You can feel the excitement in the air—so on with the show!”

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dorothy Hilbert Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award

At Wednesday’s Chapter Reception Rose Dorcey, WAI 12645, of the WAI Oshkosh Chapter was presented the Dorothy Hilbert Chapter Volunteer of the Year award for her contributions to her local chapter’s outreach and fundraising efforts.
For the past 4 years the Oshkosh Chapter has hosted a cupcake competition and, from the start, Rose has cheerfully lead the execution of the event. She has been passionately perfecting her cupcake baking and decorating skills, driving everyone in the chapter to try and go the extra mile with their own creations and giving the event and related cupcake sales throughout the year a positive reputation.
While the cupcakes were baking, Rose also worked hard to create effective marketing materials to promote the fundraiser to teams wishing to compete, and attract community members to come and buy. And when those details are squared away, she serves as an essential point-person for all things Frosting for Flight, making sure all of the additional event needs—from door prizes to thank yous—are met.
Above and beyond her key efforts toward the chapter’s annual fundraiser, Rose is a constant presence in chapter business and at monthly meetings, helping to coordinate speakers and chapter activities and promote the chapter within our local and statewide community.
A special thanks to Rose for all of her hard work on behalf of her chapter!

Take the Lead

The Take the Lead workshop which begins at 9:30 a.m. - presenter Betty Shotton shares her motivation for this particular workshop.

How can you construct a career that will allow and challenge you to deliver your personal best? How can you achieve your potential as you navigate the challenges and opportunities of your life? What do you do when you think you have these questions answered and boom, the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan?

The answers to these questions are always within your grasp if you believe in yourself. The answers arise from being fully accountable and equally determined to take the lead, no matter what!
My first job out of my MBA program was at a conservative, southern, mostly male Fortune 500 company. I was hired along with a handful of bright, eager, hopeful young women, specifically to raise the dismally low representation of women in leadership roles. It didn’t take long to realize that for the most part:
  • We were not wanted
  • We were not supported
  • We faced unfair discrimination and harassment
It was a really hard time for me. I was young, naïve, and unprepared for this type of resistance and prejudice. I could have focused on blame; I had plenty of justification for that. I could have sued and probably won.

I didn’t choose either of those things. I chose to take the lead. I focused on what was in my control. I identified my personal career goals, I created boundaries, I asked for what I wanted. And when doors continually slammed shut, when my needs were not addressed, and when support was withheld, I chose to leave. I left behind a big salary and a lot of benefits and set out on my own.

The result of that decision was a 30-year run as a successful serial entrepreneur in real estate and aviation; a perfect fit and a path that has challenged and fueled my passion, purpose and ability to contribute to others. So how about you? Where are you on your career/life trajectory?
Straight and Level? Engaged, challenged and committed?

Climbing? On your way to somewhere without all the answers. Despite the ups and down, you continue to gain altitude.

Holding Pattern? Circling until you can figure out your next move.

Grounded? Weighed down by problems and roadblocks that seem insurmountable.

Wherever you are, remember that at any time, you can choose to be a backseat passenger or step into the pilot in command seat.

Connecting: One Decade Later

The conference theme is Connect. Engage. Inspire. Here’s how one WAI member made an important connection.
Laura Laster
In 2002, I was a student studying aviation at LeTourneau University. That year, I attended the WAI conference and applauded many students receiving scholarships, thinking, “Why didn’t I apply?” The next year, I dutifully applied for several scholarships and was surprised to receive the CL Scholarship donated by Christina Liegl. I did not find out I had been awarded a scholarship until after the conference that year was over! I was thrilled to receive the scholarship, and I used it for commercial multiengine flight training. However, as I wasn’t able to attend WAI in 2003, I didn’t get to meet the scholarship’s donor.
Over a decade later, I was back at the 2014 WAI conference. Since receiving the scholarship in 2003, I had graduated from LeTourneau University, became a flight instructor, flew King Airs for Dynamic Aviation, received my aircraft dispatcher certificate, helped start a charter air carrier, and returned to LeTourneau as director of flight operations.
As I prepared to attend the conference, I thought about that scholarship I had been blessed with in 2003. Maybe I could meet Christina Liegl and thank her in person for the award, I thought. I didn’t know anything about Christina, so I contacted WAI and asked for help in connecting with her. To my delight, I soon received an email from Christina who also was planning to attend the conference. We made plans to meet on the only day we would both be there.
Christina Liegl
We described each other in text messages, and I hoped I could locate Christina in the crowds milling around outside the exhibit hall. I waited a bit before I spotted her. It was great to be able to connect! I learned about Christina and her many accomplishments. She is a major in the Air Force Reserves, flying the C-17 as an aircraft commander. She has been in the military for 21 years: 6 years enlisted and 15 years as an officer.
She was attending WAI that year seeking employment by a major airline. It felt great to be able to personally thank her for the scholarship I had received many years earlier. She was anxious to hear about my life and how the scholarship had helped me achieve my goals.
I am so thankful for Women in Aviation, International and how it brings people together to connect year after year. I hope the connections you make here will inspire you to achieve your goals!

Laura Laster is Director of Flight Operations at LeTourneau University’s School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science. She is a wife and mom who loves both family life and work life.