What began as a one-time program in 2008 has now become a tradition at EAA AirVenture. WomenVenture is a means to gather like-minded women during AirVenture, exchange information, do some hangar talking, and informally match mentors with mentees.
“WomenVenture has done an incredible job of increasing the visibility of women in Oshkosh,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We provide a means for women to inspire each other, to have their questions answered and to network in the relaxed atmosphere of AirVenture.”
WomenVenture 2012 officially begins on Friday, July 29, when Women in Aviation, International will hold its annual Connect Breakfast for members and their friends, again sponsored by DTC Duat, in the Nature Center Pavilion with special guests including a contingent of WASP and Deborah Hersman, NTSB Chair. For more information or tickets, please visit www.wai.org call WAI headquarters at 937-839-4647 or stop by our booth in Hangar B-2041.
After the Connect Breakfast, at 10:30 a.m., the annual group photo of female pilots, including student pilots, will take place in ConocoPhillips Plaza.
"We think the group photo is the best photo op at AirVenture, but I know we’re biased,” says Dr. Chabrian. "There’s such excitement as we gather hundreds of women all in their WomenVenture t-shirts each year. Their enthusiasm is infectious.”
In addition, Dr. Chabrian will host a daily radio program on EAA Radio. Confirmed guests include Debra Hersman, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board; Debby-Rihn Harvey, Southwest Airlines pilot, aerobatic champion and chair of the EAA’s Women Soar You Soar program; Bee Haydu, WASP; and Audra Hoy, granddaughter of Paul and Audrey Poberezny.
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, contact WAI at 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381, Phone (937) 839-4647; Fax (937) 839-4645 or through www.wai.org.