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Women in Aerospace Conference Inspires and Energizes Record Crowd

Over 155 aerospace women packed the 4th Annual Women in Aerospace Conference at Rosehill Community Center to hear speakers discuss leadership, career pathways and what it takes to be successful in the Aerospace Industry. 

Speakers from Boeing, Parker Aerospace, Aero Law Group, Moss Adams and others shared inspiring stories of their aerospace career journeys as well as expert tips for succeeding and growing into leadership positions. Conference attendees left inspired, energized and ready to take their company to new heights.  “We left the conference feeling more empowered,” said Jasmine Cullup, who attended the conference with seven other women from Janicki Industries.

PNAA’s Women in Aerospace Conference has become so popular with northwest aerospace companies that many employers are sending teams of women to the event.  This year, Aero Law Group, Alger & Riddle, Boeing, Crane Aerospace, GMN Aerospace, Jamco Industries, Janicki and others reserved tables for eight or more attendees. 

April O’Donahue, Aerospace Senior New Programs Manager at GMN Aerospace has attended the Women in Aerospace Conference for four years.  This year, she attended with a team of 16 employees.  “Everyone on our team has a thirst for knowledge and there was so much knowledge shared at this event,” she said. “There is something that applies to everyone.  I love hearing the stories and I like the information that I can take back to work and apply.”   

Star Fischer, Partner at Moss Adams LLP, kicked off the conference with a presentation about leadership. The Darrington native, who started her career as a shy administrative assistant, worked hard, took risks and landed a leadership role at one of the industry’s leading accounting firms.  She told attendees that leadership is more about mindset than personality traits.  And that anyone can be a leader with effort. 

Fischer’s presentation inspired aerospace attendees like Kari Abbot a Program Manager Supervisor at Senior Aerospace AMT. “Hearing the personal stories from the women who are in very high leadership roles in the industry gave me inspiration and sense that I could do it too. I am now feeding this back to my peers and employees.”

The conference featured motivating panel discussions on career pathways and the spirit of entrepreneurialism in the industry.  As speakers from Boeing, Parker Aerospace, Electroimpact and Aero Law Group provided personal anecdotes from their careers, two things became clear: no two paths looked alike and being passionate about your work is essential to success.  Kellie Lish, Senior Manager of Supplier Development for Boeing said, “You have to enjoy what you’re doing.  Know your passion.  Follow it. Dream it. And live it.”  Success she said, would follow.

PNAA’s Keynote Speaker, Penny White, the Director of Supplier Management Contracts for Boeing, agreed and said you could build the right program as long as you had the right attitude, the right people and the right knowledge.

White chronicled the challenges she faced when the Shuttle Program in Florida was discontinued and the career she had built in the Sunshine State was turned upside down.  She spoke honestly of her feelings about moving to Seattle -- away from family, friends and sunshine to begin a chapter in commercial aerospace.  Her passion for contracts helped ease her transition.

Executive trainer Guila Muir was the perfect closer to the day’s event.  Her energetic and lively presentation to How to Stay on Top of Your Game provided attendees with exercises to pump up their energy and resilience and to focus on their language of success.

Attendees loved the opportunity to get out of their chairs to stretch, move and connect with their neighbors.  Muir’s unique style and energy reinvigorated the attendees and help send them off to conquer their future challenges.    

First time conference attendees, Rani Bal, Pursuits Manager at Signs Now, said "I made some amazing connections with awesome women…  and look forward to the next year’s conference." 

PNAA is planning additional Women in Aerospace events throughout the year to help aerospace women build and maintain the business relationships that they have developed at this conference, so stay tuned to make sure you don’t miss out.

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Women in Aerospace: The Competitive Edge - Moving from Strategy to Capability

The aerospace manufacturing industry is rapidly evolving and businesses are pursuing growth within the global marketplace.  As companies engage in international commerce, moving from strategy to capability, critical skills are needed by professionals to grow their company’s competitive advantage.  PNAA convenes managers, executives and rising leaders to hear aerospace’s leading women deliver market intelligence and wisdom through the unique lenses of their own experiences.

This conference, sponsored by Aero Law Group features the region’s leading companies presenting on:

•  Executive Leadership   •  Career Pathways   •  Cross Cultural Competencies   •  Effective Negotiating  

•  Staying on Top of your Game   •  Diplomacy   •  Entrepreneurial “Women in Aerospace

This event is expected to sell out quickly.  Register early for the best seats!

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rosehill Community Center
304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo, WA 98275
Cost: PNAA Members: $150 / Non-Members: $200
*Shared Half Table for Members $550 / Non-Members $750
**Exclusive Corporate Table for Members $1,000 / Non Members $1,400
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*Shared Tables includes four registrations.  You will share your table with four other guests.  **Exclusive Corporate Tables accomodate up to eight attendees

Engaging Aerospace Industries Speakers:

Engaging speakers and inspiring stories with a focus on growing your Competitive Edge through professional development, including: leadership, result-oriented networking, diplomacy, effective negotiating and other cutting-edge skills.  Hear the latest industry news, market intelligence, trends & opportunities in leadership development, global diplomacy and tips to hone your negotiating skills.  Hear women from:

  • Boeing
  • Parker Aerospace
  • Electroimpact
  • Kaney Aerospace
  • Aero Law Group
  • Pacific Rim Aerospace
  • Moss Adams
  • Logic 20/20
  • Guila Muir & Associates
  • Strategy Clicks, Inc.
  • and more! 

Give Your Company a Competitive Advantage as You Develop These Critical Leadership Skills:

  • Diplomacy
  • Cross Cultural Competencies
  • Effective Negotiating
  • Executive Leadership Techniques
  • Results-oriented Networking Skills 

Boeing Keynote Luncheon Address: Penny L. White

Director Supplier Management Contracts

Penny is responsible for contract origination, oversight, execution, enforcement and administration throughout the contract life cycle.  She oversees all procurement and contractual business dealings to ensure Supplier Management’s compliance.

Career Pathways Panel:

Fiona McKay, Parker Aerospace Key Account Manager (Boeing) will moderate this inspiring panel where we explore the evolving Aerospace Manufacturing landscape and learn how big decisions and thoughtful career planning can propel you and your company to the next level.  

  • ELECTROIMPACT: Aiva Teskey, Project Engineer 
  • BOEING: Kellie Lish, Senior Manager, Supplier Development 
  • PARKER AEROSPACE: Cynthia Mescher, Business Dev. Manager

Entrepreneurial Women in Aerospace 

Learn what local women have done to make their mark on the industry.  

  • PACIFIC RIM AEROSPACE: Jill McCallum, President
  • AERO LAW GROUP: Cheryl Kringle and Rebecca Mares, Attorney

Stay at the Top of Your Game 

Executive Trainer Guila Muir will provide an energizing presentation to help you pump up your energy and enhance your leadership style.    Learn techniques to increase your resilience as you juggle multiple priorities.


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), Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle




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Redmond, WA 98052

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