FedEx supports Women in Aviation International
The 26th Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference was held in Dallas recently
Once again, FedEx had a huge presence, including several dozen FedEx pilots and employees from Aircraft Maintenance.
The WAI convention is the largest of its kind. WAI has more than 11,000 members and attracts airlines and aviation-related companies from all over the world. Many participants attend hoping to land interviews with companies that are hiring. According to FedEx Flight Recruiting Manager John Ryder, FedEx plans to hire 200 pilots this year, so the company’s booth was crowded every day of the convention with potential applicants.
The WAI is also a great venue for those trying to enhance their aviation careers because it provides networking and mentoring, along with education and scholarship opportunities. The conference always includes many students from aviation schools and other aerospace programs.
FedEx Captain Dolores Pavletic took part in an education session called “Learning to Lead.” Most of the women on the panel were captains or in leadership positions at various airlines. They provided advice on confidence, strength, and finding the leader in oneself.
“We had an overwhelming number of pilot applicants attend the conference this year,” said Captain Pavletic. “We presented several ‘Pilot Hiring Briefs’ to groups of hundreds of pilots and met one on one for fast-pass interviews. I was very impressed with the credentials and qualifications of the individuals looking for pilot careers at FedEx.”
FedEx Flight Operations hosted a couple of informal sessions focused on career opportunities at FedEx. Captain William McDonald moderated and his panel members included 757 First Officer Leah Lattimer (Memphis), Captain Dolores Pavletic, Airbus Fleet Captain (Memphis, Hong Kong), MD11 First Officer Danielle Spiewak (Memphis) and Airbus First Officer Molly Boss (Hong Kong).
For the last three years, FedEx Aircraft Maintenance has sponsored a Jet Engine Run Training Scholarship for the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM), which also participates in the convention. Each year AWAM selects two members for this scholarship and announces the recipients at their Annual Conference, and the recipients receive their award during WAI. Maintenance Operations Control Center Sr. Manager Maurice Thomas presented the scholarships.
Plans are already underway for next year’s 27th annual conference, which will be held in Nashville.