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Parks Students Attended the 22nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

March 25, 2011
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The conference was held from Feb. 24-26, where women and men gathered from all walks of aviation and aerospace to network, share their collective wisdom, and celebrate the contributions of women in the aviation industry.

Participants in the 2011 WAI Conference were immersed in the tactics and strategies necessary for successful aviation careers. More than 3,000 women and men from all segments of the aviation industry attended the conference.

This year, the Parks Chapter of WIA took seven student members to the Annual Conference. The conference is an excellent opportunity for our Parks College students to take advantage of.  It is considered one of the largest aviation job fairs and networking events in the country. 

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Sarah Wilson is the flight instructor at Parks and is also the Advisor for the Parks College Chapter of Women in Aviation.  Wilson ran the Parks College booth while students planned their own agendas based on the conference schedule. They walked around the exhibitor hall and met with a variety of people representing aviation companies, agencies, colleges and special interest groups. Some of the students handed out resumes to potential employers or companies with whom they would like to intern. Exhibitors also gave out lots of cool free stuff and held games with the chance to win nice prizes such as free airline tickets. 

 

On Friday and Saturday, there were multiple education sessions about a variety of topics, such as Corporate Flying, the SR-71 Blackbird or Mountain and Canyon Flying Tips. There were also aviation celebrities, such as Rod Machado and John & Martha King, who presented their own stories during the education sessions. As always, the most popular session was hearing the WASP pilots of WWII speak, who were recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. 

 

On each day of the conference, there was a social gathering where everyone was given an opportunity to network and meet other members in the organization. The students had a great time meeting people during these events, including many military members. The conference culminates with a banquet on Saturday night.  At the banquet, a speech was given by one of the key note speakers, and the WAI Hall of Fame inductions and scholarship winners were announced. While scholarships are awarded throughout the conference, the biggest ones were given out at banquet, including type-ratings for jets that are worth more than $25,000 each. 

 

The WAI Conference is important to attend because of the opportunities it provides, including jobs, internships and co-ops. It is also the best place to network in the aviation field. Attendees have the chance to learn about new topics and improve their professional knowledge. Finally, it is inspiring to go and see so many other people interested in the same field as you, and it gets better each year one is able to return. People make conference friends that they look forward to seeing every year.  The WAI conference is a great opportunity and experience for our Parks College Students.

 

For more information about the Women in Aviation Organization please the WAI’s website at http://www.wai.org/

For more information about the conference please visit the conference website at http://www.wai.org/11conference/index.cfm

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