ExpressJet has been a long time supporter of organizations that advance the aviation careers of women and minority groups, like Women in Aviation International (WAI). When Georgia Governor Nathan Deal officially proclaimed Sept. 26 as Georgia’s first annual Girls in Aviation Day, we jumped at the opportunity to support this great event.
“The WAI Atlanta chapter hosted a full day of activities at Conyers Middle School for more than 100 girls ages 8 to 16 to recognize the day,” said Captain Andrea Weeks, an ExpressJet pilot and recruiter who also serves as WAI “Gone with the Wind” Chapter membership chair. “I’m so proud that my company was the Diamond Sponsor for the event. Their support made this event happen, and I know the event made a positive impact on the attendees.”
The girls spent the morning meeting aviation and aerospace professionals, and learning about the expansive career paths available in the industry. High school WAI chapter members interacted with attendees and served as an example to their peers that early careers in aviation are possible for women. Civil Air Patrol and Middle Georgia State University were onsite to provide program information and next steps for girls who wanted to get involved, and girls were able to interact with female pilots.
“We were very excited to show the girls the opportunities available to them in the field of aviation and help them follow the next steps in their career,” said Andrea. “Everyone had a great time learning about STEM careers available to them. I think we might see a few of the girls in our new hire pilots classes in a couple years!”
Women in Aviation International (WAI) has been providing networking, education, mentorship, and scholarship opportunities to women and men striving toward careers in aviation and aerospace for nearly 25 years. This year WAI and its global chapters celebrated Girls in Aviation Day on Sept. 26, charging each chapter to host events for the day and petition state representatives to officially recognize the date as well. State Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Ga., championed the cause and helped make it official in Georgia.
The Atlanta Chapter of WAI is open to men and women with a full range of aviation backgrounds including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, aviation safety specialists, aviation insurance executives, airport managers, airport operations and emergency response managers, and dispatchers. If you have interest in getting involved with the organization or any of their activities visit www.waiatlanta.com.