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IAWA Connect: Chicago, June 25th

Pictured left to right: Cheryle Jackson, Vice President of Global Business Development, AAR Corp; Bobbi Wells, Vice President, FedEx; Andi Sims, Director of Marketing and Communications, HPM

AAR, a global provider of aftermarket aviation services to airlines, held an event June 25th at its Chicago HQ on The Importance of Diversity & Women in Aviation hosted by its Women’s Business Resource Group –  X-Network.  The keynote speaker was Bobbi Wells, VP of Safety & Airworthiness at FedEx. Bobbi urged attendees to not be afraid to fail and to take risks so they can continue to grow and learn in their careers. Bobbi then joined a panel with Cheryle Jackson, SVP of Global Business Development, AAR and Greg Jones, Chief Diversity Officer, United where moderator Lee Ann Shay, Editor, Aviation Week/Inside MRO asked them to share ideas about how to better attract and retain women in aviation. Click here to view a podcast from Lee Ann.

AAR opened the event to other women in aviation in the region (at Boeing, United Airlines & Southwest Airlines) and promoted the annual IAWA conference in Memphis at the IAWA Connect Chicago reception that followed.  In her role as President-Elect of IAWA, Bobbi urged all to join IAWA to help Connect. Inspire. and Lead. women in aviation. You can watch her speech by clicking here, or click here to view the full diversity panel on AAR’s channel.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Thank you to our sponsors, AAR & HPM!

AAR is an independent provider of aviation services to commercial and government customers in more than 100 countries. Our aftermarket expertise and award-winning solutions help customers increase efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining high levels of quality, service and safety. Learn more.

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 IAWA is a non-profit association providing a worldwide network dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the aviation and aerospace industries at all levels across the globe. IAWA sponsors informative meetings, hosts receptions and connects, publishes newsletters, and keeps its members updated on the latest industry developments.