Women In Aviation Invite Daughters To 2012 Conference

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The 2012 Women in Aviation Conference, coming up next March in Dallas, Texas, will include a day-long program designed for the daughters of those who attend, the group announced this week at EAA AirVenture. "Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day" is aimed at girls age 10 to 18 and will take place on Saturday, March 10. A remark by EAA President Rod Hightower was the inspiration for the new program, said Peggy Chabrian, president of Women in Aviation International. When Hightower told her he was planning to bring his own daughters to the WAI conference, the idea of others bringing their daughters was put in motion. Programs are also in the works to reach out to local Girl Scout groups to invite girls who might not otherwise be introduced to aviation. About 200 girls are expected to participate.

WAI has an active presence at AirVenture every year, with a variety of events designed to promote women in aviation. This year, a panel of accomplished women spoke at Theater in the Woods, including Kay Hire, a Navy pilot and astronaut, and Lt. Col. Maryse Carmichael, commander of the Canadian Snowbirds. The group also hosts a breakfast with speakers and an annual group photo shoot at the center of the show grounds. The 2012 conference is scheduled for March 8-10 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Invited speakers include Gerard Arpey, CEO of American Airlines; EAA President Rod Hightower; and astronaut Sandra Magnus. Events will include tours of some local American Airlines facilities. A highlight of every conference is the announcement of dozens of scholarship awards -- in 2011, 76 scholarships valued at $691,750 went to WAI members at every stage of life from university students to older people seeking a new career. So far, 64 scholarships with a value of more than $455,500 have been pledged for the Dallas conference.