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Female Aviators to Gather July 22 for WomenVenture

Jessica Cox, Cindy Hasselbring among the day’s speakers

  • WomenVenture EAA 2014
    The annual WomenVenture photo from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

March 5, 2015 - The annual WomenVenture gathering, designed to encourage and inspire women in aviation and those who want to fly, will welcome hundreds of female aviators on Wednesday, July 22, during the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention.

Co-sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Sensor Systems, The Ninety-Nines, and Women in Aviation, International, WomenVenture is a tremendous experience for women who are pilots, want to become pilots, or work in the aviation or aerospace industries.

“WomenVenture is a tremendous experience for women, particularly as it comes during the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration at Oshkosh,” said Kelly Nelson of Women in Aviation, International, one of the event’s organizing groups. “It builds camaraderie and allows us to use our collective voice to inspire and motivate women of all ages to get engaged in aviation, either for fun and/or as part of their career aspirations. WomenVenture helps open doors to participation, mentorship, knowledge, and support.”

The July 22 schedule includes:

  • 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 AirVenture’s showcase Boeing Plaza.
  • 11:30 a.m. – “WomenVenture Power Lunch” at Theater in the Woods at 11:30. Pre-registration for the lunch is required. Speaker is Cindy Hasselbring, the leader/coordinator of STEM education initiatives for the State of Maryland. She is also a pilot and for 10 years has pursued a dream of traveling in space through NASA’s astronaut candidate program.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, First African American female combat fighter & author of Zero to Breakthrough - Theater in the Woods
  • 3:00 p.m. – Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour book signing - EAA Wearhouse - Author’s Corner 
  • Approximately 3:45 p.m. – Many extraordinary women performing in the 108 Record Setting Skydivers
  • Approximately 4:00 p.m. - Airshow Female Performers: Patty Wagstaff, Julie Clark, Melissa Pemberton, Teresa Stokes (Wing Walker)


Register for WomenVenture


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 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.