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PNAA's 2016 Women in Aerospace Conference Receives Rave Reviews

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145 aerospace women and five brave men packed the Rosehill Community Center to hear leaders from Boeing, Zodiac Aerospace, the Federal Aviation Administration, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Hexcel Corp. and Kaney Aerospace discuss their experiences in the aerospace industry and the opportunities and challenges that exist for women. 

The full day conference received rave reviews from attendees of the sold out event.  Here is what a few have said:

Becky Mares of Aero Law Group: "Your event was, hands down, the most encouraging, inspiring and educational event I have ever attended."  

Sue Bradshaw of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing: "I just have to tell you that I think you hit it out of the ballpark with this year's Women in Aerospace!  What an amazing event; everything was perfect from all of your presenters, to the end of the day interactive activity, to the location.  Thoroughly impressed..."

Paul Michaels of GMN Aerospace: "Everyone on the GMN Team who attended the event had rave reviews today.  Feedback included how great and enjoyable the speakers were, the amazing lunch, and overall feeling of collaboration at the conference.  I’m so glad they were able to attend – thank you all for putting on such a great and empowering event!"

Jim Sheehan, Technical Aero and PNAA Board Member: "On a personal note, as I stood in the back of the room, a visible minority in a group of 145 aerospace women, I tried to imagine what it must be like for women in aerospace to be surrounded by a sea of middle-aged men in dark suits at similar events.  It was humbling and I can see how it could for many women be daunting and challenging.  Thanks for making me feel welcome at this event." 

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Women in Aerospace

April 26th in Mukilteo • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


One of the Largest Conferences for Aerospace Women in the Pacific Northwest

This unique, one-day conference brings together the industry’s leading female managers and executives to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing women in the aerospace industry.  We will provide industry updates, statistics and trends, tips to keep you competitive at home and around the globe and an interactive session on executive presence.

Beth Anderson

Boeing Keynote: Building Success in Aerospace
Each year, Boeing secures a billion parts from suppliers world-wide to build hundreds of airplanes for its customers. Beth Anderson plays a key role in helping to manage perhaps the most complex supply chain in the world for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Beth will discuss how, during an aerospace career spanning more than 30 years, she embraced opportunities to move up through the ranks into leadership roles – and how the fast-growing aerospace industry continues to provide innumerable opportunities for women to succeed in exciting, innovative, high-impact careers.

Beth deYoung

Zodiac Aerospace: Local & Global Strategies
Beth deYoung, Vice President of Business Development - Lease Customers for Zodiac Aerospace will discuss the challenges women face representing their companies in a global marketplace.  She will present tips to building the right business identity – whether in the board room or on the factory floor and will talk about maintaining a competitive edge despite cultural differences in a global marketplace. 

Guila Muir

Executive Presence for Women Leaders
Executive presence is the confidence, sparkle and authority that top leaders exude.  Renowned author and international executive trainer Guila Muir will deliver an interactive session on expanding your executive presence.  This energetic, fun session will enable women at every stage of their career to master the skills of executive presence.


Build Business Relationships
This is a must-attend event for C-level executives, strategic planners, program managers, administrators and other aerospace professionals.

Why you won't want to miss this event:
•  Timely Industry Statistics and Trends
•  Information and Inspiration from Boeing, Zodiac Aerospace, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the FAA  
•  Tips to Elevate your Executive Presence
•  Peer-to-Peer Networking

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rosehill Community Center
304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo, WA 98275
Cost: PNAA Members: $125 Non-Members: $150
*Shared Table Members $425 / Non-Member $525
*Exclusive Corporate Table for Members $800 / Non Members $1,000
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*Shared Tables includes four registrations.  You will share your table with four other guests.  Exclusive Corporate Tables accomodate eight attendees


About Our Speakers:

Beth Anderson: Vice President of Payloads and Systems Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes 

Beth AndersonBeth Anderson is the vice president of Payloads and Systems for Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management. She was named to this position in May 2014. In this role, Anderson leads the organization responsible for the setting strategy and sourcing components and systems to support the BCA production system from suppliers around the world as well as daily management of suppliers. 

Anderson has also served in a number of manufacturing leadership roles at Boeing. She was director for the Interiors Responsibility Center (IRC) with fabrication facilities in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, S.C. Employees at this business unit design, manufacture, assemble and integrate a wide range of interior systems for production, after-market and spares for Boeing commercial jetliners, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Anderson focused on engaging people in an environment of trust for continued improvement in the organization’s Lean journey. 

She was the Modification Services director for Commercial Aviation Services, which integrates avionics, airframe, propulsion, systems and interiors for airlines’ after-market airplanes. The unit is part of Technical Services, which operates in Everett, Wash. and Long Beach, Calif. 

 Dr. Katherine A. Moran: Program Chair, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

katEducation: Dr. Moran received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She received her Doctor of Education with a cognate in Quantitative Research from the University of Southern California, and is working towards a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Awards and Experience: Dr. Moran, a tenured Associate Professor and Program Chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management (MSOSM), has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 1995, and has served in the capacity of Aeronautics Department Chair, Western Region Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Safety Program Chair, and Full-Time Faculty. She has developed 12 graduate and undergraduate courses and was the lead subject matter expert and co-developer of the Virtual Aircraft Crash Lab, which is now imbedded in several courses. She is also the US Managing Editor for the International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace (IJAAA).

Dr. Moran served in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard for 20 years, in the fields of F-15 Avionics, Aviation Safety, Occupational Safety and Health, and Aircraft Accident Investigation.  

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KC Yanamura: Regional Administrator for the Northwest Mountain Region, Federal Aviation Administration

KCOn February 21, 2016, the FAA Administrator Michael Huerta appointed KC Yanamura to the position of Regional Administrator for the Northwest Mountain Region. Her responsibilities include representing the Administrator in the region's seven states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Additionally, she will collaborate with the region's support of the Air Traffic Organization's Western Service Area (WSA), Aviation Safety, Airports, Human Resources and Security offices. The ATO WSA includes the seven states in the Northwest Mountain Region as well as those in the FAA's Western-Pacific Region (Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and Pacific islands) and the State of Alaska – Alaskan Region.

KC relocated from Hawaii where she served as the manager for the Honolulu Flight Standards District Office. This was a very challenging position covering a working environment best measured not in miles but in time zones. The Honolulu FSDO area of responsibility spans six time zones. The work program responsibilities necessitate massive travel requirements and transiting the International Date Line on a regular basis for safety inspections. The HNL FSDO's area of responsibility encompasses the largest physical area of any FSDO in the FAA, and its territory includes some of the most historic sites in the world, from American Samoa to the South, Midway Atolls to the North, Guam and Saipan to the West, and the island of Hawaii (the "Big Island") to the East. The HNL FSDO is responsible for many different and demanding areas of operation. The Part 135/ General Aviation community ranges from 30-passenger-configured Boeing 737s to weight-shift aircraft, skydiving and gliders; from the fluid, dynamic world of unmanned aerial systems to seaplanes and banner towing; from helicopter confined area lifts to essential medical services; and very significantly, the robust Hawaii Air Tour Industry. 

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Marcy Rugland: Vice President of Business Development, Kaney Aerospace

Marcy RuglandMarcy's passion for aviation led her to join the US Air Force, where she served as an F-15 avionics technician. She joined The Boeing Company as a systems engineer on the Space Shuttle program, supporting the post-Columbia Return to Flight effort. In 2005, Marcy joined the Boeing Lab Test organization, as an electromagnetic compatibility engineer. As a manager, she led the development of the 787-9 Systems Integration Test Labs, was the Boeing South Carolina Lab Operations Leader, and was the Value Stream Leader responsible for all 737/747/767/777 lab testing. Following her support of the 787 Lithium-Ion battery effort, Marcy assumed leadership the 737 Avionics organization. Joining Kaney Aerospace as Vice President of Business Development in January 2015, Marcy is thrilled to be a part of such a nimble, innovative, high-energy team passionate about delivering value and delighting our customers.

Marcy holds BSEE and BS Aviation Technology degrees from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Webster University. A native of Rockford, IL, Marcy currently lives in Seattle with her husband, Paul, and two children, Jessica and Jakob. She enjoys boating, running, skiing, and playing guitar and drums.

Guila Muir: President & CEO, Guila Muir and Associates


Guila Muir, M.Ed is principal of Guila Muir and Associates LLC, a Seattle-based firm specializing in developing professionals’ facilitation, presentation and training skills. Since 1983, Guila has trained thousands of people on an international level. Her clients include Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, and many government agencies.

Guila has worked as an adjunct professor at Seattle University’s Graduate School of Education. In 2013, her book was published. Entitled Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire, it enables anyone to develop and deliver effective, engaging classes and Webinars.

Guila learned to swim as an adult. She made her tenth Alcatraz crossing in 2012, without a wetsuit. Guila swims year-round in Puget Sound and runs a small, secondary business that provides Escorted Open Water Swim adventures.


Beth deYoung: Vice President of Business Development Lease Customers, Zodiac Aerospace

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Beth deYoung entered the Aerospace industry from a career in IT, joining Sony Transcom in the 90s to help bring video-on-demand to in-seat IFE as a Product Line Manager. At Primex (now Astronics) as Director of Sales and Marketing, the focus was on in-seat power and the introduction of  internet and email to the skies.   Zodiac Aerospace positions include Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Customer Support and General Management focused on the expansion of business to customers world-wide in addition to expanding global supply chain and manufacturing. 

A special thank you to PNAA Affiliate Members and other partners that help promote our events: British American Business CouncilFrench American Chamber of CommerceCenter for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS)Economic Alliance Snohomish CountyWashington State Department of Commerce, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)CIMdata,Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition.