Last week, I was lucky to attend the Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, TX. It was a great experience and I’m thankful I could attend, even if it was for only a day!
The night before my 6am flight I worked until 10:30pm, plus the area was in the middle of a bad snow storm. My work offers us hotel rooms when it’s bad next to the airport, so I was happy to have that option rather than drive back home with my little manual convertible. Dallas also just received a snow and ice storm that night before I arrived so going from bad to worse, but it all worked out.
When I was there I had three goals set for myself: talk to specific airlines about their dispatch opportunities, talk to companies about ways to improve flight planning or FBO service with my current company, and talk to women about engaging my WAI chapter more. Since I had such clear goals, it was much easier to accomplish them rather than wandering the exhibit floor.
The best part about talking to major airlines there is hearing what their qualifications and hiring looks like for the future. There are a LOT of rumors on the internet, and you know what? Surprisingly (or probably more unsurprisingly) they are not even close to what I heard from the people who do the hiring or work for the company. So don’t trust everything you read on internet forums!
Next, I learned a lot more about Foreflight and the options it has to apply to companies. If I didn’t already love Foreflight, I do now!
Lastly, I spoke with some amazing woman and got TONS of idea to do with my chapter, so I’m hoping to take some suggestions and have a lot more fun things to report doing with my chapter.
I also got to meet some Facebook aviation friends there and a fellow Girls With Wings scholarship winner which was so amazing!
Next year, I’m hoping to attend for more than a day and get to take advantage of the speakers and education sessions! Did anyone else attend the conference or do WOAW?