Women in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense

Woman Executives in Aviation, Aerospace & Defense

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A new World Economic Forum report — The route to true gender equality? Fix the system, not the women — shows we need centuries to achieve gender equity. With interesting insights, it suggests a dramatic shift in strategy, focusing on income equality rather than wage equality. FA/AW News shares such articles in the belief we all need to have the same resources.

That is not to say progress is not being made. Female CEOs represent 19% of total Aerospace & Defense CEOs in the US, according to a study Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling: Taking the Global Aviation and Aerospace Industry to New Heights Through Diversity & Inclusion sponsored by the International Aviation Women’s Association and executed by Korn Ferry. This is well ahead of female CEOS across all industry at 5% but only 3% of airlines have women CEOs and, worse, the pipeline is thin, said the report.

A recent Harvard Business Review article explores why women make a difference when promoted to the C-Suite. Authors suggest similar results would come from studying other types of diversity. Many studies already show it is good for the bottom line.

Executives in the study were not household names allowing focus to shift from impressive achievements of individual female leaders in making it to the C-Suite to the broader impact of gender equity in the C-suite. After women joined the C-suite, firms became both more open to change and less risk-seeking. these organizations increasingly embraced transformation while seeking to reduce the risks associated with it. Firms shifted from a knowledge-buying strategy focused on M&As towards a knowledge-building strategy focused on internal R&D, The more effectively female executives were able to integrate into the managed team, the greater the impact they were likely to have on its decision-making.

FA/AW News has been looking for a comprehensive list of women aviation/aerospace executives. Failing that, it curated its own from research, including a recent Flightglobal report — Women have 14% of top airline jobs in slow trend towards parity and Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter.

The list has four takeaways. While women are making progress we have a long way to go. Still, we must celebrate those who have shattered the glass ceiling by leading airlines, aerospace & defense companies, government, associations, airports, museums and business aviation.

It is also designed to illustrate if someone has a passion — interior design, finance, computer science, operations, personnel, catering, writing, sales, engineering, marketing, politics, government relations, data science, flying, maintenance, they can find a place in aviation & aerospace.

Third, it illustrates women’s entrepreneurial spirit. these are women who believed in themselves to carve out a unique space in aviation/aerospace.

Finally, the list illustrates women have always been in aviation/aerospace, they have just been overlooked.

FA/AW News hopes you will help update and correct this list by crowdsourcing your additions. We especially need help with the first women to fly commercial jets for airlines.

For additions or corrections Contact: kcreedy@futureaviationaerospaceworkforce.com

© January 3, 2021, Future Aviation/Aerospace Workforce News

Aerospace & Defense

Sabine Klauke, EVP Engineering, Airbus Defense & Space

Gwynne Shotwell, CEO, SpaceX

Bernice Kiyo-Glen, Senior Consultant, C5BDI

Tay Fitzgerald, SVP advanced concepts, Raytheon Intelligence and Space

Pam Robertshaw, Head of Performance, Raytheon UK

Marie R. Sylla-Dixon as Chief Diversity Officer, Raytheon Technologies

Mary Petrysqyn, president, Northrop Grumman Defense Systems

Kathy Warden, CEO, Northrop Grumman

Kweilen Hatleskog, Strategy Director, Northrop Grumman

Shannon Hultbert, CEO, Opus Interactive

Stephanie Hill, EVP Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems

Marillyn Hewson, Executive Chair, Lockheed Martin

Eileen Drake, CEO, Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO

Michelle Lohmeier, Director, Nammo Defense Systems

Phebe Novakovic, Chair/CEO, General Dynamics

Leanne Caret, President/CEO, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Anna Keeling, Managing Director, Boeing Defense UK

Diana Barr, Head of Executive Staffing, Boeing

Kristin Robertson, Vice President/General Manager, Autonomous Systems, Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS)

Emily Hughes, Director, Boeing Phantom Works

Megan Davies, CEO, Insitu, Boeing Defense, Space & Security

Melissa Orme, Vice President Boeing Additive Manufacturing, Boeing

Peggy Miller, CEO, PacStar

Eren Ozmen, Chair and President, Sierra Nevada Corporation

Janet Kavandi, EVP, Sierra Nevada Space Systems Group

Kathryn Lueders, Associate Administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA

Huy T., Director of Aeronautics, NASA Ames Research Center

Patricia Sanders, Chair Independent Safety Aadvisory Committee, NASA 

Adina Valean, European Commissioner for Transport

Hilary King, VP/GM Sensing and Power Systems, Crane Aerospace and Electronics

Sandi Lee, SVP-Global Communications, L3Harris

Aisha Bowe, CEO, Founder, STEMBoard

Yen Matsutomi, Senior Director-Engines Design Office, Blue Origin

Erika Wagner, PhD, Payload Sales Director, Blue Origin

Johnene Vardiman-Ditmanson, Medical & Training Coordinator, Virgin Galactic

Kathleen Hicks, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

Tracy Frost, Director-Office of the Secretary of Defense Manufacturing Technology (OSD Mantech), Department of Defense

Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, Commander United States Army Southern Command, Department of Defense

Barbara Barrett, Secretary US Air Force

Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base

Col. Nicole Malachowski, first woman Thunderbird pilot, the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team, fighter pilot

Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell, First African American Woman Fighter Pilot, 2000

Captain Amy Bauernschmidt, Commander, USS Abraham Lincoln, first woman to command a US nuclear carrier.

Jessica Kinman, Senior Manager Aerospace & Defense Industry Solution Experience, Dassault Systèmes

Civil Aviation/Aerospace

Jacqueline Sutton, CCO, Rolls Royce Commercial Aviation

Amanda Heslop, Chief Design Engineer – TP400 & Legacy Defence Engines at Rolls-Royce, Member We Are Tech Women

Susan Schofield, VP Strategy – Civil Airframe, GKN Aerospace

Sophie Dekkers, CCO, easyJet

Nancy Graham, former FAA and head of the ICAO Air Navigation Bureau.Capt. Aysha Alhameli,first UAE representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council, first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates and

Mary Claire Murphy, Executive Director, Government Affairs, Textron

Katherine Bennett OBE, Senior Vice President, Airbus

Sabine Klauke, CTO, Airbus

Mary Ellen Jones, VP-Asia Pacific, Pratt & Whitney

Irene Makris, VP Sales and Marketing, Pratt & Whitney

Jennifer Caruso, VP Operations Transformation, Pratt & Whitney

Jennifer Reed, VP/GM Evacuation, Water and Lighting Solutions, Interiors Division, Collins Aerospace

Isolde Karro, VP/Chief Communications Officer, Collins Aerospace

Jennifer Schopfer, VP/Chief Information Officer, Digital Technology, Collins Aerospace

Tatum Buse, Chief Financial Officer, Collins Aerospace

Tanya Hooper, VP/Chief Human Resources Officer, Collins Aerospace

Nancy Welsh, Director of Marketing, Collins Aerospace

Catherine Rost, Senior Director Global Marketing, Satcom Direct

Joanne Walker, General Manager, Satcom Direct

Karen Gathercole, Vice President Human Resources, Satcom Direct

Alana Forbes, Chief Financial Officer, Flyht

Victoria Foy, CEO, Safran Seats GB

Beth de Young, VP Business Development Aircraft Interiors-Lease Customers, Safran

Martine Gagné, Chief Technology Officer, Meggitt

Olga Razzhivina, Co-Founder & Senior ISTAT-Certified Appraiser, ORIEL, Inc.

Sonya Branco, EVP, President, CFO, CAE, Inc.

Helene Gagnon, SVP Public Affairs, Global Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, CAE Inc.

Abby Bried, VP and General Counsel, Panasonic Avionics

Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO, Lufthansa Cargo, EVP Lufthansa Group

Linda Markham, President, Cape Air

Jeanne Cook, Principal & VP Operations, Bankair

Tracie Walter, Vice President, Bemidji Aviation Services

Donna Nixon, General Manager, Wiggins Airways

Dana Donati, General Manager, Director of Academic Programs, LIFT Academy, Republic Airways

Ashley Gomez, Chief Pilot, Republic Airways

Joanna Geraghty, President/COO, JetBlue

Dr. Nancy Shane Hocking, Manager, Pilot Gateway Programs, JetBlue Airways, Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force

Jayne O’Brien, Hhead of Marketing and Loyalty, JetBlue

Dana Shapir Alviene, Vice President, Airports Experience, JetBlue

Whitnee Hawthorne, Vice President, Customer Support, JetBlue

Ursula Hurley, Head of Treasury and Investor Relations, JetBlue

Katherine Celli, VP Project Management and Continuous Improvement, JetBlue

Icema Gibbs, VP CSR and DEI, JetBlue

Bonny Simi, Founder, JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV)

Amy Burr, Managing Director-Operations & Partnerships at JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV)

Michelle Horn, SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Delta Airlines

Kristen Shovlin, VP Sales & Development, Delta Airlines

Julie Yates, Vice President-Investor Relations, Delta Airlines

 Sue Kolloru, EVP-Corporate Strategy, Delta Airlines

Crystal L. Barrois, Manager Pilot Development, Delta Airlines

Evita Garces, MD, Aircraft Maintenance Control, American Airlines

Jessica Tylor, VP Cargo, American Airlines

Stacy Morrissey, VP Engineering and Quality, American Airlines

Alison Taylor, Chief Customer Officer, American Airlines

Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President of People & Communications, American Airlines

Maya Leibman EVP/CIO, American Airlines Airlines

Molly Wilkinson Vice President – Regulatory Affairs, American Airlines

Lynne Embleton, CEO, Aer Lingus

JoAnn Tan, Divisional Vice President Business Transformation, Singapore Airlines

Bobbi Wells, Vice President for Safety and Airworthiness, FedEx Express

Olfa Hamdi, CEO, Tunisair

Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO, Managing Director, Virgin Australia

Jean Lydon-Rodgers, President & CEO, GE Aviation Services

Tiziana Masullo, Managing Director and President, ATR Americas

Mirta De Benedictis, Head of Communications and Corporate Branding, ATR

Maria Della Posta – President, P&WC

Sumati Sharma, Vice President Special Projects, Virgin Atlantic

Dorota Bratowska, Managing Director. LOT Polish Airlines

Jóhanna á Bergi, CEO, Atlantic Airways

Yvonne Makolo, CEO, RwandAir

Veranita Yosephine, CEO, AirAsia

Aireen Omar, President, AirAsia Digital

Darshini Velayutham, Senior Executive, Network Management Center Operations Analyst, Air Asia

Anne Rigail, CEO, Air France

Maria Jose Hidalgo, CEO, Air Europa

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, CEO, VietJet Air

Sasha Johnson, VP Corporate Safety, United Airlines

Bonnie Turner, Managing Director, Airframe Repair and Overhaul, United Airlines

Kate Gebo, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Labor Relations, United Airlines

Doreen Burse, Senior Vice President-Worldwide Sales, United Airlines

Carolina Cortizo, Managing Director, Wingo

Oana Petrescu, CEO, Blue Air

Nathalie Stubler, CEO, Transavia France

Veranita Yosephine Sinaga, CEO, Indonesia AirAsia

Vanessa Hudson, CFO, Qantas Group

Shilpa Bhatia, CCO, SpiceJet

Charlotte Svensson, CIO, SAS

Maria Jesus Lopez Solas, Director Commercial, Network Development and Alliances, Iberia

Leanne Geraghty, Chief Customer and Sales Officer, Air New Zealand

Constance von Muehlen, COO, Alaska Airlines

Lillian Dukes SVP, Technical Operations at Atlas Air Worldwide

Tammy Romo, EVP and CFO, Southwest Airlines

Whitney Dix, Manager, Dispatch Training at Southwest Airlines, Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force

Kathleen Wayton, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer Technology, Southwest Airlines

Stacy Malphurs, Vice President Supply Chain Management, Southwest Airlines

Kay Weatherford, Vice President Revenue Management & Pricing, Southwest Airlines

Ellen Torbert, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Southwest Airlines

Elizabeth Bryant, Vice President, Southwest Airlines University

Sonya Lacore, Vice President Inflight Operations, Southwest Airlines

Leah Koontz, Vice President Controller, Southwest Airlines

Julie Weber, Vice President and Chief People Officer, Southwest Airlines

Linda Rutherford, Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Southwest Airlines

Carol Tomé, CEO, UPS

Iris Rich, VP, International Air Operations, UPS

Karen Gutman, SVP & Chief Sales and Solutions Officer, UPS Global Healthcare

Laura Lane, Chief Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability Officer, UPS

Charlene Thomas, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Nicole “Nikki” Clifton, President, The UPS Foundation

Louise Martin, VP Membership, Flight Safety Foundation

Mindy Drummond, Chief Administrative Officer, FlightSafety Interntional

Sheri Bartz, Engineering and Manufacturing Transformational Leader, Spirit Aerosystems

Sam Marnick, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Spirit AeroSystems

Mindy McPheeters, Chief Legal Officer, Spirit Aerosystems

Rachel Woods, CH-53K Program Manager, Spirit AeroSystems

Cindy Hoover, Vice President, Research & Development & Growth Programs, Spirit AeroSystems

Mindy Gross, Director & Chief Business Development Offers, Rizse

Dominique Roland, Head of Policy, Innovation & Knowledge Department, European Aviation Safety Agency

Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretrary, Department of Transportation

Dr. Susan Northrup, US Federal Air Surgeon, Federal Aviation Administration

Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez, Managing Principal, Newhouse & Associates, LLC

Bianca Rhodes, President & CEO, Knight Aerospace

Sheryl Barden, President & CEO, Aviation Personnel International

Gina Radke, Owner/CEO, Galley Support Innovations, Vice Chair, Career Education Development Board, Washington State

Jessica Webster, Founder & President, The Hera Aviation Group

Colleen Back, Director Strategic Accounts, StandardAero

Caroline Vandedrinck, senior vice president. SR Technics

Heather Halvorson, SMS Program Manager, Frontier Airlines

Rebecca Henry, SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer, Allegiant Air

Preeti Asthana, Director & Head of Global Programs, Innovation and Partnerships, Aon PLC

Captain Maria Ziadie-Haddad, first woman captain for Air Jamaica

Associations

Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, Aeronautical Repair Station Association

Elizabeth Tennyson, Executive Director, You Can Fly program, AOPA

Emily Williams, Board Member, Air Charter Association

Sharon Pinkerton, SVP Legislative & Regulatory Policy, A4A

Patricia Vercelli, General Counsel, A4A

Megan Eisenstein, Managing Director, Industry & Regulatory Affairs, National Air Transportation Association

Montserrat Barriga, Managing Director, European Regions Airline Association

Elizabeth Clark, Executive Director, Women in Corporate Aviation

Laura Scanlan, President, Women in Corporate Aviation Int’l

Suzanne Neufang, Executive Director, Global Business Travel Association & Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE)

Nancy Zimini, Chief Administration and Operations Officer, Airports Council International

Annie Russo, Senior Vice President of Government and Political Affairs, Airports Council International

Deirdre L. Clemmons, Senior Vice President, Events and Strategic Partnerships, Airports Council International

Liying Gu, Vice President, Economic Affairs and Research, Airports Council International

Lieutenant Colonel Olga E. Custodio, Board Member, Latino Pilots Association, Executive Director, Women in Aviation International, first Hispanic woman to complete U.S. Air Force military pilot training, first female Hispanic U.S. military pilot

Amy Spowart, President and CEO, National Aviation Hall of Fame

Pamela Williams, Board Vice Chair, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Angela Carter, Chief Strategist, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison, Board of Advisors, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Carole Hopson, Board of Advisors, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Valerie Manning, Board of Advisors, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Anya Kearns, Program Director, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

A. Tomica Adams, Director Relationship Development, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Elizabeth Tennyson, Board of Advisors, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Bethoyia (Beth) Powell, Board of Advisors, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Samantha Magill, Vice Chair, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Dr. Mary Johnson, President, University Aviation Association

Dawn Vinson, Executive Director, University Aviation Association

Crystal Maguire, Executie Director, Aviation Technical Education Council

Gloria Guevara, CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council

Dr Alice Bunn, CEO, head of UK delegation to the European Space Agency, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Jo Damato, senior vice president, education, training and workforce development, NBAA

Faye Black, President, Regional Airline Association

Adefunke Adeyemi, Regional Director of Advocacy and Strategic Relations for Africa, IATA

Nikki Malcolm, Chair, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance

Allison McKay, CEO, Women in Aviation International

Jacqueline Sutton & Sumati Sharma, Co-Chairs, Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter

Lauren Lacey Haertlein, General Counsel & Director, Safety & Regulatory Affairs, General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Cate Brancart, Manager, European Operations and Safety, General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Angel Green, President. Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance

Lynette Ashland, VP, Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance

Stacey Rudser, Board Member, Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance, Women in Aviation Advisory Board

LeeAnn Levesque, Vice President Business Development, Security Products with Analogic was elected as Vice-Chair Security Manufacturers Coalition.

Yvette Rose, SVP &Board Member, Cargo Airline Association

Lindsey Gamell, Program Manager, TP Aerospace

Nancy Graham, President, Graham Aerospace International, former Director, ICAO Air Navigation Bureau

Carol Giles, President, The Giles Group

Business/General Aviation, Advanced Air Mobiility

Stephanie Chung, Chief Growth Executive, Wheels Up

Laura Heltebran Chief Legal Officer, Wheels Up

Kathy Savitt, President & COO, Boom Supersonic

Rene Bangledorf, CEO, Charlie Bravo Aviation

Alexandria Colindres, CEO, Registry of Aruba

Denise Waye, Fournder & President, AirCARE1

Paula Kraft Founding Partner, DaVinci Inflight Training Institute

Mary Miller, Corporate Vice President, Industry and Government Affairs BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support

Charlotte Pederson, CEO, Luxaviation

Deborah Aharon, CEO, Provo Air Center

Kate Fraser, Head of Safety, Joby Aviation

Denise Wilson, Founder & Past President/CEO, Desert Jet

Robin Eissler, Owner, jetAVIVA

Emily Deaton, COO, jetAVIVA

Kathy Oberbroeckling, VP Financial/Human Relations, JetAVIVA

Kandi Spangler, Director, JetAVIVA

Janine Iannarelli, Founder & President, Par Avion

Danielle McLean, CEO, Happy Take Off

Caycee Bradley, Managing Director, Van Allen

Jenna Mattison, Program Manager, Van Allen

Lisa Swartzwelder, Director Shuttle Operations & Flight Administration, L Brands

Nel Stubbs, Vice President, Conklin & deDecker

Beatrice Enckell Ashe, Director of Aircraft Management & MRO, Jet Aviation

Susan Friedenberg, CEO, Corporate Flight Attendant/Tech Training

Wendy Gavigan, VP Manager of Flight Operations, Citicorp

Candace Covington, Senior Director-Aviation, Adobe

Melanie Carney, Director of Aviation, Visa

Erin Reed, Chief Pilot, Visa

Catrina Capistrant, Assistant Chief Pilot, Visa

Kellie Rittenhouse, Director of Aviation, Hangar Aviation Management/Pilot Career Center

Leigh Ann Beckett, Assistant Manager of Aviation, Xcoal Energy & Resources

Elaine Karabatsos, Director of Maintenance, Encompass Health Corp

Shannon Hotchkin, Director of Maintenance, Nike flight department, Member Society of Women Engineers

Katie Johnson, VP Human Resources, West Star Aviation

Jennifer Alessio, Director of Aviation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Elaine Karabatsos Director of Maintenance, Aviation, Encompass Health Corp.

Jennie Ator, Director Aviation Services, Xcel Energy

Traci Beck, Chief Pilot, Verizon

Rachel McKay, VP of Programs, Overwatch Imaging

Kelly Jost, Managing Engineer, C&S Companies

Kriya Shortt, SVP Parts & Programs, Textron Aviation

Victoria Tuffy, VP, Human Resources, Piper

Jacqueline Carlon, Senior Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Piper

Bethany Davis, Director Flight Innovation/Advanced Flight Deck, Gulfstream Aerospace

Kimberly Perkins, Founder and President of Aviation for Humanity 

Lynn Gordon, Vice President of Business Development, Arconas Corporation

Tracy Miller, President, Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex

Jodie Brown, Founder Summit Solutions

Sharon Barner, VP and Chief Administrative, Cummins

Airports

Joan Hertz, Board Chair, Edmonton International Airport

Kim Becker, President & CEO, San Diego International Airport

Marge Basrai, EVP/CFO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

Davita Taylor, VP Procurement and Business Diversity, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

Jeanne Olivier, Assistant Director-Security Operations and Programs Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Patty Clark, Chief Aviation Strategy Officer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Ulla Lettijeff, SVP, Helsinki Airport & member of Finavia’s Executive Group

Karen Taylor, Managing Director, Gloucestershire Airport

Rosina Kotey, Innovation Lead, Royal Schiphol Group

Barbara Yamamoto, Director of Business Development, PSM Squared, Inc, formerly CEO, Los Angelese World Airports

Judy Ross,  Assistant Director-Aviation, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

Kim Day, CEO, Denver International Airport

Tracy Williams, Director, Bend Municipal Airport, First African American female to become an accredited airport executive through the American Association of Airport Executives

Janet Bressler, Director of Risk Management, Denver International Airport

 Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation,

Maria Sheridan, Airport Manager, Teterboro Airport

Chellie Cameron, CEO, Philadelphia International Airport,

Candace McGraw, CEO, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Stéphane Poirier, president & CEO, Quebec City Jean-Lesage International Airport

Kelly Campbell, Executive Director-Aviation, Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport

Christina Cassotis, CEO, Pittsburg International Airport

Emma Gilthorpe, Executive Director of Expansion, Heathrow

Deborah Ale Flint, CEO, Toronto Pearson Airport

Joyce Carter, CEO, Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, CEO, St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Monica Lambrana, CEO, El Paso International Airport

Tamara Vrooman, CEO, Vancouver International Airport

Jacqueline Yaft, CEO, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Marsha Stone, Senior Director Commercial Enterprise, Indianapolis Airport

Cindy Nichol, CEO, Sacramento Interantional Airport

Rebecca Hupp, CEO, Boise Airport

Danette Bewley, President/CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority, Member Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors 

Yasmina Platt, Senior Airport Planner, AECOM

Aviation/Aerospace Educators

Sharon DeVivo, President/CEO, Vaughn College, Chair Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force

Dr. Karrie Dixon, Chancellor; The University of North Carolina System, Women in Aviation Advisory Board

Lynn Strickland, Executive Director, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee

Lindsey Dreiling, Executive Director of Aviation Strategy; Kansas State University, Women in Aviation Advisory Board

Dr. Mary Johnson, President, Purdue University, Board Member, University Aviation Association

Dr. Rebecca Lutte, Associate Professor; the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute, Women in Aviation Advisory Board

Suzanne Markle, President & CEO, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Women in Aviation Advisory Board

Colonel Martha Morris, Civil Air Patrol, Women in Aviation Advisory Board

Kasey Herzberg, Executive Director, Challenger Learning Center of Minnesota, Director of Engineering, Aircraft Data Fusion, Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force

Tammera Holmes, President and Chief Executive Officer; Aerostar Avion Institute, Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force

Laura Jones, Executive Director and Founder, Flight Club 502, Women in Aviation Advisory Board

Shannon Morrison, Assistant Director, Academics and Program Assessment, The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies

Lee Brewster, Director Communications & Industry Engagement, ATP

Aviation Museums

Ellen Stofan, Director, National Air & Space Museum.

Unions

Sara Nelson, President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Maryanne DeMarco, Executive Director, Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations

Patricia Gilbert, Executive Vice President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Trish Gilbert, Executive Vice President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association

Kassandra Bernskoetter, Chair, National Membership Committee, ALPA

On Their Shoulders….

Michele Evans, EVP, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Fiona McKay, Former Deputy Executive Director, Director-Business Development, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance,

Angela Gittens, Former Director General of Airports Council International (ACI World), Former Director Atlanta & Miami Airports

Debby McElroy, Former EVP Airports Council International – North America, Former President Regional Airline Association

Heather Wilson, former Secretary of the Air Force

Deborah Lee James, former Secretary Air Force

Marta Bohn-Meyer, first woman crewmember aboard SR-71

Linda Hudson, President of BAe Systems in 2009

Colleen Barrett, President of Southwest Airlines in 2001

Camille Keith, VP Special Marketing, Southwest, First Woman Officer of major US airline

Christa McAuliffe, First Teacher in Space, perished in the Challenger accident 1987

Barbara Morgan, Educator Astronaut, first flew in 2007

Dr. Dorothy M. Simon, once referred to as “the most important woman in space science and possibly the most important lady scientist in the country,” combustion researcher at the NACA’s Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, leading expert on rocket propulsion systems, a pioneering female in corporate management, and a lifelong advocate for women in the sciences.

Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Educator Mission Specialist, 2010 First Astronaut to begin her space pursuit at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp

Sally K Ride PhD, First American Woman in Space, NASA

Kathryn Sullivan, Member of the first space shuttle astronaut class, first American woman to walk in space, NASA

Mae Jemison, First African American Woman Astronaut to fly in space, NASA

Stephanie Wilson, Second African American Woman Astronaut to fly in space, three missions. 2006-2010

Judith Resnick, First Jewish Astronaut, perished in the Challenger accident, NASA,

Linda Godwin, Retired Astronaut, NASA

Sandra Magus, PhD, Retired Astronaut, Former Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Eileen Collins, First Woman Shuttle Pilot and Commander, NASA

Lucy Stone, First Woman Mechanical Engineer, NASA Simulation Laboratories

Kitty O’Brien Joyner,  electrical engineer, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and its successor, NASA  

Shana Dale, Deputy Administrator and highest ranking woman at NASA 2005-2009

Cady Coleman, first woman to fly aboard Mir space station, 1996

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan, mathematician and human computer, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and NASA Langley Research Center

Mary Jackson, First Black Woman Aeronautical Engineer National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and NASA

Katherine Johnson, Mathemetician Critical to Space Flight, Introduced Geometry to Figure Orbital and Lunar Flight Paths, NASA

Annie Easley, Mathemetician working on Centaur Project which led to launch of Cassini space probe.

Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s First Female Executive, Founder, Space Astronomy Program as First Chief of Astronomy, NASA

Ellen Ochoa, director of the Johnson Space Center, Engineer, First Hispanic Female Astronaut, NASA

Anna Lee Fisher, First Astronaut Mom in Space, NASA

Marcia Buckingham, First Female Ground Spacecraft Operator, NASA

Wally Funk, First Woman to Complete Mercury Test Program, NASA, First Woman to Complete FAA GA Operations Inspectors Course and Safet Inspector, FAA

Sunni Williams, US Astronaut, First to Run the Boston Marathon in Space, NASA

Laura Hoppe, First Female Instrument & Communications Officer Flight Controller, NASA

Susan Helms, First Woman Crewmember Aboard International Space Station, NASA

Peggy Whitson, First Woman to Command the International Space Station, NASA

Kalpana Chawla, First Indian-American Woman astronaut, first Indian woman in Space, perished in Columbia accident 2003

Chiaki Mukai, First Japanese Woman to Fly in Space, 1994

Ellen Ocha, First Hispanic woman in space in 1993 as Director Flight Crew Operations, retired as Director Johnson Space Center, NASA

Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator for NASA, professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics at MIT, best known for her designs of a pressure by tension BioSuit

Peggy Gilligan, former head of Aviation Safety (AVS-1), Federal Aviation Administration

Carol Giles, former mgr. aircraft maintenance division, among other positions, at FAA and now president and CEO of The Giles Group.

Maria Jeanmaire, Retired Chief Pilot, Harley Davidson Company

Peggy Chabrian, Founder and Past President, Women in Aviation International

Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, First Female Pilot for a Major Airline, American Airlines, 1973

Emily Howell Warner, first woman captain of a scheduled US airline, Frontier Airlines, 1976

Jeana Yeager, Circumnavigated the globe with Burt Rhutan in Voyager in 9 days, 1986

Irene Trowell-Harris, first African-American women woman to achieve rank of Major General in the US National Guard, 1987

Elsie MacGill, First Female Aircraft Designer, First Female to Earn an Advanced Degree in Aeronautics, ‘Queen of the Hurricanes’

Eleanor Roosevelt, Instrumental in creation of Women’s Flying Training Detachment which later became the WASPs

Marion Alice Powell, pioneering Canadian aviator who was the first woman to run a flying school, served in the Air Transport Auxiliary, completed 21,000 pilot hours most as a training instructor when it was unheard of for women to be instructors.

Patty Wagstaff, First Woman to Earn Title US National Aerobotic Champion

Valentina Tereshkova, Cosmonaut, First Woman in Space

Sr. Lt. Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak, (White Lily of Stalingrad), first female fighter ace, Soviet Air Forces

Svetlana Savitskaya, First Woman to Space Walk, 1984

Anousheh Ansari, first self-funded woman to fly on International Space Station

Harriet Quimby, First Woman Licensed Pilot in US

Emma Lilian Todd, Inventor, opened America’s first Junior Aero Club to support the training of future female aviators 1908

Thérèse Peltier, the first female passenger and pilot, 1908

Katherine Wright, joined her two brothers, the Wright Bros, in Europe as their spokesperson. “If ever the world thinks of us in connection with aviation, it must remember our sister,” Wilbur Wright.

Elise Raymonde Deroche, first woman to receive a pilot license, 1910

Hilda Hewlett, pilot and entrepreneur; opened the first flying school in the United Kingdom with aviation engineer Gustav Blondeau; first UK woman to earn a pilot’s license and went on to teach her own son how to fly; first woman to co-found an aircraft factory.

Sabiha Gökçen, the first Turkish fighter pilot, Enrolled in the Turkish Air Force Academy, she learned combat training on the Breguet 19 light bomber and the Curtiss F11C Goshawk fighter

Jacqueline Auriol, first European woman to break the sound barrier.

Bessie Coleman, First African American to Earn Pilots License

Amelia Earhart, Founder 99s, First Woman to Fly West-East Across Atlantic

Beryl Markham, First Woman to Fly East-West Across Atlantic, African Aviator, Author

Jacqueline Cochran, Founder, Women Airforce Service Pilots, First Woman to Break the Sound Barrier

Anne Morrow Lindberg, First Woman to Earn a Glider License

Grace Hopper, First Woman Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale, Worked as rear admiral and computer scientist and her programming lead to the development of COBOL

Anne Baumgartner Carl, First Woman to Fly a Jet, Bell YP-59A

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