Women In Aviation International And WomenVenture Gather At AirVenture 2010


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Women In Aviation International And WomenVenture Gather At AirVenture 2010

By Jim Douglas

August 8, 2010 - WomenVenture, Women in Aviation International and the Experimental Aircraft Association repeated their WomenVenture initiative, with a week's worth of camps, seminars, panels and of course, networking breakfast and reunion picture during AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

"There's just something about the energy that hundreds of women standing in the center of this giant air show, right here in AeroShell Square, generate," said Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President of Women in Aviation, International.

Chabrian's partner in the initiative, EAA Vice President of Donor and Business Relations Elissa Lines, can't wait for next year's picture. "We pick a different color each year for the shirts and give them away to the women who participate in this photo because we hope that they will continue to wear the shirts all day at AirVenture.

"This photo shows women from ages 14 to 94 gathered together to celebrate their accomplishments in aviation. It's exciting! Best of all, when the photo is over, they don't scatter they stay and network. It is wonderful." Photo by John Slemp  


"That way people see how many women really are participating in aviation here at the show. It's about visibility. We want young people, young girls, to see us and say, 'Hey, I want to learn to fly.'"

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (formerly The EAA Annual Convention and Fly-In) is America's largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. The event is presented by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a national/international organization based in Oshkosh. The airshow is seven days long and typically begins on the last Monday in July. The airport's control tower is the busiest control tower in the world during the gathering.

The WomenVenture initiative included a Theater in the Woods Astronaut Panel with Bonnie Dunbar and Peg Whitson, both space shuttle and International Space Station veterans with many hours of extraterrestrial experience. WomenVenture assist women and men of all economic and ethnic backgrounds with career paths, business advice, and employment assistance. In its three decade history, more than 90,000 women and men have been served.


The Women in Aviation Celebrity breakfast included both astronauts, as well as television anchor David Hartman, cast members from the upcoming movie "Pearl," and country music star Aaron Tippin, who serenaded the group of more than 275 attendees. Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 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.


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