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Women in Aviation International

aka WAI   |   Germantown, OH   |  www.wai.org

Mission

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to increasing the nnumber of women who work in all areas of aviation and aerospace. Our mission is to empower women to become leaders in the aviation and aerospace industry. Our goals are to … • Build a diverse, inclusive, and sustainable aviation and aerospace industry around the world. • Invest in our current and future global workforce. • Inspire women and girls to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace.

Ruling year info

2003

Chief Executive Officer

Allison McKay

Main address

1864 Dayton Germantown Pike Unit 4

Germantown, OH 45327 USA

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EIN

37-1279395

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In an industry facing critical shortages in all its professions, women make up only 6% of the aviation/aerospace workforce. While participation of women in the workforce has increased dramatically over the past four decades, despite all efforts, the percentage of women in the aviation industry remains stagnant. That must change. Recognizing that women are the key to the success of the global aviation community, Women in Aviation International is creating enduring support and programs to address the barriers faced by women in our industry.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Women in Aviation International

Women in Aviation International is the largest organization in the world devoted to increasing the number of women involved in all aspects of aviation and aerospace. With 16,000 members active in 186 chapters in 90 countries, we work to empower women to become leaders in aviation and aerospace. Our programs are robust and far-reaching, and include:
- Emerging Leaders professional development women's leadership course
- Active chapters providing community engagement devoted to women in aviation and aerospace
- Annual conference attracting 5,000 attendees
- Aviation for Girls STEM education program
- Scholarships for a variety of aviation technical skills training and tuition assistance

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Veterans
Self-employed people
Military personnel
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Women in Aviation International

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

16,000 girls around the world participated in our most recent Girls in Aviation Day.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The efforts of Women in Aviation International are vital to bringing diversity and gender parity to the aviation and aerospace industry. Our focus is to increase the number of women who work in every aspect of our industry.
Our goals are to …
• Build a diverse, inclusive, and sustainable aviation and aerospace industry around the world.
• Invest in our current and future global workforce.
• Inspire girls to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace.

WAI provides year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage women to pursue aviation and aerospace careers. We also offer educational outreach programs to young people around the world. In addition, WAI promotes public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation. Most importantly, Women in Aviation International strives to encourage, empower, and educate all those whose
interests, lives, and work involve aviation and aerospace without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities, or point of view. We know with certainty that our shared passion for aviation transcends any differences among us.
Women in Aviation International is a key partner with industry leaders who are working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. WAI provides year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage women to pursue aviation and aerospace careers. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to young people around the world. In addition, WAI promotes public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation. Most importantly, Women in Aviation International strives to encourage, empower, and educate all those whose interests, lives, and work involve aviation and aerospace without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental abilities, or point of view. We know with certainty that our shared passion for aviation transcends any differences among us.

Nearly every corporation and organization involved in the aviation and aerospace industry supports Women in Aviation International in ways both big and small, from being corporate members to providing volunteers for Girls in Aviation Day, to being generous donors, to supporting WAI with scholarship funds.

Women in Aviation International is looking to the future by expanding our impact on diversity and inclusion in the aviation and aerospace industry. We expect this year will be critical as we partner with more and more key industry leaders.

WAI Chapters: With 16,000 members active in 160 chapters in 90 countries around the world, Women in Aviation International is the largest organization dedicated to empowering women and girls to become leaders in aviation and aerospace. Local chapters involve members in networking, education, and community outreach projects to encourage pursuing aviation careers and interests, scholarship opportunities, as well as other activities during the year.
• Aviation for Girls: Designed for girls ages 8-17 to expand their interest in aviation and aerospace, this program invites young girls around the world to learn about all the exciting opportunities available in the field of aviation and aerospace by providing STEM education activities and other opportunities to experience the wonders of aviation.
Emerging Leaders Women's Leadership Professional Development: WAI in partnership with Harvard University offers on-campus leadership training for WAI members to help them advance their careers to the C-Suite of aviation and aerospace companies.
• Scholarships: Every year, Women in Aviation International offers hundreds of opportunities through scholarships and internships, presenting hundreds of thousands of dollars in support for our members.
- Annual Conference: Attracting nearly 5,000 attendees every year, the Annual Women in Aviation International Conference is known for its energy, excitement, networking opportunities, inspiring keynote speakers, education sessions, professional development seminars and workshops, a bustling exhibit hall, scholarship awards, and memorable times with women and men working in all areas of aviation and aerospace.
• WAI Jobs Connect: Women in Aviation International members have access to this members-only section on the website exclusively for members seeking new career opportunities.
• WAI Mentor Connect: Women in Aviation International members have access to a large network of seasoned, professional leaders in aviation who have stepped forward to act as mentors for our members who are early into their career paths.
• WAI College Connect: Colleges and universities offering aviation programs encourage students to become members of Women in Aviation International and take advantage of our resources. These provide aspiring young professionals with the tools they need for their career path.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Women in Aviation International supports women, an underrepresented population in the aviation and aerospace industry. In most aviation occupations, women make up less than 20% of the workforce, and for the last 60 years, the introduction of women into the industry has been largely dormant. Much of the aviation workforce also lacks ethnic and racial diversity. Women who belong to additional underrepresented groups are part of a very small minority, facing unique barriers and often even greater challenges. Changing this dynamic is the root of everything we do.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Every year, Women in Aviation International partners with our sponsoring organization to present hundreds of opportunities through scholarships and internships, awarding on behalf of our sponsors hundreds of thousands of dollars in support for our members. This year, our scholarship program will expand to include support for our members to participate in a new and unique professional development program called Women in Aviation International Emerging Leaders in Aviation and Aerospace, which came about as a result of the critical recommendations by the Federal Aviation Administration in their recent report, Breaking Barriers for Women in Aviation: Flight Plan for the Future.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The feedback we receive from those involved in Women in Aviation International is critical to our ability to improve our programs and grow our organization.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Women in Aviation International

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Capt. Deborah Hecker

American Airlines

Term: 2022 - 2025

Michaela Lucas

Secretary

Deborah Baugh

Treasurer

Rhonda Larance

Vice Chair

Marci Veronie

Board member

Brittney Tough

Board Member

Deborah Hecker

Board chair

Shannon Weidekamp

Board member

Andrea Berry

Board member

Kathy Yodice

Board member

Linda Markham

Board member

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/9/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/27/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.