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More Features Added to WomenVenture

Dr. Kathryn D. SullivanJune 18, 2015 - The annual WomenVenture Day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 has added even more outstanding activities to the Wednesday, July 22 schedule. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) administrator, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, and Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, the first African-American female combat pilot, will participate in the day’s activities. Also announced was an all-woman air show lineup that day.

“WomenVenture is growing,” said Janine Diana, EAA vice president of people and culture. “It started as a photo, then we added a lunch, and now it’s an entire day of activities devoted towards women in aviation. It’s an event for women to build camaraderie and to use our collective voice to inspire and motivate women of all ages to get engaged in aviation.”

Here is an updated schedule for WomenVenture, July 22:

  • 8 a.m. – Women in Aviation International breakfast with keynote speaker Jessica Cox, who was born without arms but was motivated to earn a sport pilot certificate in an Ercoupe that she could fly with her feet. Pre-registration is required.
  • 11 a.m. – Annual WomenVenture group photo on EAA AirVenture’s showcase Boeing Plaza.Vernice “Fly Girl” Armour
  • 11:30 a.m. – “WomenVenture Power Lunch” at Theater in the Woods at 11:30. (Pre-registration for the lunch is required.) Speakers are Cindy Hasselbring, leader/coordinator of STEM education initiatives for the State of Maryland, a pilot, who for 10 years has pursued a dream of traveling in space through NASA’s astronaut candidate program, and Sullivan, one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and the first American woman to walk in space.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Presentation with Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour at the Theater in the Woods.
  • 3:00 p.m. – “FlyGirl” book signing held at EAA Wearhouse - Authors Corner.
  • Approximately 3:45 p.m. – Accomplished women skydivers will attempt a world record group jump.
  • Approximately 4 p.m. – Patty Wagstaff, Julie Clark, Melissa Pemberton, and wingwalker Teresa Stokes will be featured during the afternoon air show.


Register for WomenVenture Lunch

WomenVenture is a special day designed to encourage and inspire women to pursue a career in aviation, but we encourage all women to stop by the EAA Welcome Center and sign the WomenVenture logbook throughout the week.

As in past years, a limited edition WomenVenture T-shirt will be available to all women who participate (while supplies last). Those T-shirts can be picked up at the EAA Welcome Center on the EAA AirVenture grounds beginning on Monday, July 20. Women are encouraged to wear the T-shirt for the group photo on July 22 to show the collective strength of women involved in the flight community.

In addition, women are invited to the Welcome Center to sign the WomenVenture logbook any day during EAA AirVenture 2015. 

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