✈ WCA to Award 7K in Scholarships at WAI 2016

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Women in Corporate Aviation to Award $7K in Scholarships at WAI16

NASHVILLE, TENN. – March 7, 2016 – Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) will award
$7,000 in aviation training scholarships to four business aviation professionals on Friday, March
11, at its annual membership meeting, being held during the 27th Annual Women in Aviation
Conference (#WAI16) in Nashville, Tennessee.

“In 2015, together with our corporate partners and members, Women in Corporate Aviation distributed
nearly $100,000 in scholarship funds to our members, and we’re on track to beat that number in
2016,” said Stacey Kotrla, President, Women in Corporate Aviation. “We are proud to provide a wide
range of educational and training opportunities to our WCA members—just one of the many benefits of

The 2016 spring WCA training scholarships will be divided among the following recipients:

•     Hannah Burright won a $2,000 Women in Corporate Aviation career scholarship to assist in her professional development.

•     Larae Stotts won a $1,000 Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation scholarship.

•     Refilwe Ledwaba won a $2,350 Viterbi Aviation Safety & Security scholarship from the University of Southern California.

•     Kayla Corcimigilia won a $1,700 Flight Procedures Training scholarship from Air Training International (ATI).

During the annual meeting, WCA members will elect new officers, network with their peers and
participate in presentations for annual WCA awards and scholarships.
Afterward, members are invited to stay for a networking cocktail reception sponsored by Walmart

To apply for 2016 fall scholarships, which will be awarded at the National Business Aviation
Association’s annual Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, visit

About Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) - WCA is a premier 501(C)(3) non-profit mentoring
association for professionals in corporate and business aviation. Providing networking, mentoring,
scholarships and educational opportunities for current and future corporate/business aviation
professionals, WCA offers individual and corporate memberships. For more information, visit


✈ WCA 2017 Event Info

WCA 2017 Event Schedule

Save the date for our 2017 events! Please continue to check back for more details as the dates get closer



June 13-15, 2017 - NBAA Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference

Long Beach, CA


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August 9-11, 2017 - Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition (CBAA),

Vancouver, BC Canada


September 2017 - European (EBAA) Cabin Services & Flight Attendants Conference

Brussels, Belgium


October 10-12, 2017 - NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA)

Las Vegas, NV

-WCA Annual Networking & Scholarship Luncheon

February 6-9, 2018 - NBAA Schedulers and Disptachers Conference

Long Beach, CA


March22-24, 2018 - Women in Aviation International Conference (WAI)

Reno, NV

-Exhibiting and WCA Annual Meeting and Scholarship Event

May 29-31, 2018 - European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE)

Geneva, Switzerland


-Exhibiting and Annual Networking Breakfast


✈ WCA's 2015 Summer Newsletter - July 2015

Summer Newsletter - July 2015
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Women In Corporate Aviation


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About Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA)  - WCA is a premier 501(C)(3) non-profit premier mentoring association for professionals in corporate and business aviation. Providing networking, mentoring, scholarships, and educational opportunities for current and future corporate/business aviation professionals, WCA offers individual and corporate memberships. For more information, visit www.wca-intl.org.

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In This Issue
  • President’s Message, Stacey Kotrla
  • A Message From Our Vice-president, Isha Jordan
  • Corporate Development Update
    • WCA's Membership Drive
    • Corporate Member Spotlight
      • Walmart Aviation in the News
    • Membership Update
    • WCA's Corporate Membership Drive
    • New Website Now Live!
    • WCA's Forum (Replaced Yahoo Groups)
  • 2015 Fall Scholarship Offerings & Information
  • Congratulations Lindsay Saladino
  • Featured Article
  • International News - WCA
    • EBACE 2015 Highlights
    • HangarTalk Xpress
    • CBAA - ACAA, Canada's Voice For Business Aviation

  • Upcoming Events
  • Job Postings

President's Message
Stacey Kotrla

Can you believe the year is halfway over? If you are an annual goal setter, now is a good time to review your goals and accomplishments for the year.  If you work for a company that does performance reviews, you are very familiar with this process. If you don’t, and you aren’t setting goals for yourself, you are missing out on a growth opportunity.
A couple of my personal goals for the year were to complete the Certified Aviation Manager exam offered through NBAA, complete my CFI renewal,  and get more involved in the Business Aviation community.  Thus far, I have completed the CAM certification, become elected President of this great organization, and joined the local Business Aviation Safety Committee. Items such as the CAM program and my CFI renewal are not covered work expenses. When you set professional goals for yourself, one way to help fund them is to apply for scholarships. I did apply to a few to help with my CAM certification, but I did not receive any awards. I don’t let this discourage me however, and will be applying to the next scholarship that has the potential to help my personal and professional development.
Right here within WCA, we have a wide variety of scholarships to choose from that cover a variety of aspects of business aviation. There are scholarships available to help you achieve your goals for Dispatchers, Pilots, Mechanics, Flight Attendants, and more.
One of the most common questions I get asked during the application window is what makes an application stand out from the others? Here are a few key points you should consider.
  1. Follow the directions! If the scholarship description asks for a copy of your pilot certificate, resume, essay, and other documents, make sure you send it all to us. Incomplete applications go to the bottom of the stack when we are reading them. Hint - For our current application process, you must submit a minimum of 4 PDF attachments to submit the application.
  2. Write a great essay! Unless there are specific guidelines for the content of the essay, consider writing about your goals, achievements, community involvement (giving back), and how the award will help you further your career. Hint - in Word, there is an option to Save As PDF.
  3. Plan ahead. You need 2 or 3 Letters of Recommendation. Don’t wait until the day before the deadline to start asking people to write you Letters. The time is now!
  4. Proof your application. If you can, have a peer or a mentor review your resume, essay, and supporting documents prior to submission.
  5. Apply! If you applied last year and didn’t win, apply again! You can apply for two WCA scholarship offerings, so pick the two that best fit your needs.
We would love to have multiple well-qualified applicants for each scholarship, and the deadline is just over a month away. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t apply! And if you don’t win this time, reapply during the next offering period.

Vice President's Message
Isha Jordan

Greetings to my fellow lovers of all things aviation! 

This year is flying by and WCA is cruising right along. In this newsletter we will highlight our recent meetings at EBACE and the NBAA Flight Attendant Conference.  Next up for the Fall is the WCA Scholarship and Networking Luncheon Las Vegas, NV.  This is always one of the most exciting events of the year. If you have never attended the NBAA conference I would highly recommend doing so this year. The business aviation industry has reached new heights. Flight departments all over are hiring, cockpits are making new technological changes, and the international markets are offering new opportunities and making way for exciting business developments.

WCA will host our Annual Scholarship and Networking Luncheon during the conference on Wednesday November 18th.  Continue to check the website and your emails for more details as the date approaches. New scholarships are posted! We have extend the application deadline to August 30th. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact any committee member.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support. Our organization depends not only on individual memberships, but sponsorships as well. Very recently some of our sponsors have gone above and beyond their usual dedicated amounts.  A big thank you to The Home Depot, who has continued their support by increasing the WCA Leadership Scholarship by $3000. Signature Flight Support Corporation added a Scholarship for $3000 for fall 2015. 

Thank you to all the supporters of Women in Corporate Aviation. As our organization continues to grow we anticipate more scholarship offerings and mentorship opportunities. We are well pleased with 2015 so far. As always we invite you to share your ideas or area interest. WCA is here for you! I hope you all are having a great Summer. I look forward to seeing you in the Fall.

Isha Jordan



Greetings From Corporate Development

Written by Lisa Lewis

Greetings from the Corporate Development Committee
WCA would like to take the time to recognize and thank all of our current Corporate Members and Sponsors as of June 15, both new and renewing. As a Corporate Member and Sponsor, you are vital to the success of organization. Your support has enabled us in so many ways from providing over $100,000 in scholarships last year to the launch of our brand new website (if you haven’t seen it, please go check it out and the new member’s only section – www.wca-intl.org). It is because of you, that we are able to help promote career opportunities in corporate aviation to the next generation!

Universal Aviation and Weather, Inc.
Satcom Direct
The Boeing Company
Baldwin Aviation, Inc.
Wings Financial Credit Union
Lenffer KG
Exelon Corporation
Chevron Corporation
Air Culinaire
Eaton Corp.
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
National Express
The Coca Cola Company
KeyCorp Aviation
Peabody Energy
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
The Home Depot
Sterling Courier
Journey Aviation
Walmart Aviation
Signature Flight Support
Desert Jet
Phoenix Air Group
Robinson Aviation (RVA) Inc.
Aviation Personnel International (API)
Over the Top Cuisine
For more information or questions about our membership or sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at development@wca-intl.org. If you are a corporate operator or know of any corporate operator’s interested in learning more about WCA, please feel free contact us at development@wca-intl.org or Lisa Lewis at 812-371-3140.  Again, thank you to all of our Corporate Members.

Corporate Member Spotlight 

Written by Lisa Lewis

Walmart Aviation in the News!

We are so excited to share that our Corporate Member and Sponsor, Walmart Aviation is showcased in the July/August issue of Aviation for Women

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Greetings From Membership

Written by Lisa Musante

Have you logged into the new website yet?  Have you seen how easy it is to renew or even to join as a new member?  We know it was cumbersome in the past, but we made it so much easier now.  Since the launch of our new site, we have had 31 members join and/or renewed their membership!  With the new website, all of our members will now receive renewal notices to remind them to to renew their membership so they will not miss out on the many benefits that WCA has to offer!  Please help us spread the word to other business aviation organizations that you may know that could benefit from being a member with the Women In Corporate Aviation.

So what does the Membership Committee do? It takes care of its members, of course! We go out of our way to give a warm welcome to our new sign-ups and foster their participation in our group by helping them network and answering their questions. We also help rekindle old relationships with formerly active participants and share with them the progress we’ve made over the last few years.  

If you are interested in helping to keep WCA growing and would like to volunteer for the committee, please email me at membership@wca-intl.org or call me (Lisa Musante) at 407-350-0877

First Ever WCA Corporate
Membership Drive

Written by Lisa Lewis & The Development Team
I bet most of you are wondering what exactly is a corporate membership drive? There seems to be no better way to describe it than that, but it’s a simple thing.  As you all know WCA is fully nonprofit, volunteer organization and our members are our lifeblood! We could not do what we do like give away over $100,000 in scholarships, without the support of you – our members. So that made us think, the best way for us to continue growing and providing our members with more opportunities is to ask you, our awesome members, to help us expand WCA’s corporate members!
Most of our current corporate members have come from our members and that is all we are asking you to do. Maybe your current employer would consider joining WCA or you do business with a company that might be interested in joining as a corporate member. It’s as easy as asking and sending them to our website to sign up - Join WCA! Then let us know who you brought up onboard with an email to development@wca-intl.org! That is it – have a corporation sign up as a WCA member and let us know!!! And just like with the individual membership, there are plenty of benefits for our Corporate Members, it’s pretty easy to sell as you can see below:
Also, as a thank you for helping the member who brings in the most corporate members, will win a free annual WCA subscription (so your next subscription will be free!) and a $50 visa gift card! Again, all you have to do is get a corporate member to sign up and send an email to development@wca-intl.org (Lisa Lewis) letting us know who you helped to sign up, it’s a simple as that!
Our corporate member drive has officially started with this announcement and will run through November 17th, 2015 which is the start of the 2015 NBAA Conference in Las Vegas, where we will be giving away over $61,000 in scholarships!!!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Lisa Lewis – development@wca-intl.org or 812-371-3140

Our New Website Is Here!!

Please come take a look ...


We are excited to announce our new website is finally here with a new look and whole lot of new functionality! You should have received an email from us with instructions on how to log-in. If you missed that email, it’s relatively simple.
  • To LOG-IN into the New Website Member’s Section
    • Your login should you be your FirstName LastName together and capitalized: i.e. BobSmith
    • And your password is the same!
  • Please direct any login issues to Lisa Lewis – development@wca-intl.org
Within the members only section we have a brand new FORUM where you can subscribe to posts and receive email updates! There are JOB POSTINGS for all variety of corporate aviation jobs, updates on WCA Events and News and a MEMBER DIRECTORY!
Additionally, the website has quite a bit more functionality:
  • Easier membership log-in and password resets
  • A much more robust membership database
  • Automatic renewal reminders
  • Simple membership renewals
  • Updated scholarship area with easier access for applicants
  • A place to display our Corporate Members and Sponsors!
We are thrilled to finally have the website up and running and ask you take some time to check it out and log-in! Also be on the lookout for emails with additional details on the functionality and how to use it.
If you have any suggestions or comments about the website you can either submit via the website - http://www.wca-intl.org/contact-us.html or you can also email Lisa Lewis at development@wca-intl.org
Thank you to our web developer - JulsDesign and to Stacy Everitt for all the volunteer IT help!

WCA's Forum

(Replaced Yahoo Groups)



2015 Fall Scholarship Offerings

WCA Fall Scholarship Awarded Nov 2015
The scholarship team is looking forward to another great year ahead of us! WCA is committed to helping you achieve your career goals through help from our sponsors and membership dues.  Each year we receive several cash and training scholarships from our generous sponsors who believe in helping those who have worked hard to achieve new heights within their careers. 

The fall scholarships are posted and open for applications! The deadline for the fall offerings is August 30th.  Our newest scholarship just added is the Signature Flight Support Corporation Scholarship, valued at $3000! Please visit our website for more details on the available scholarships and information on how to apply.

Below you will see some of the scholarships that we have confirmed to date. Remember you must be an active member to apply. Many of the scholarship offerings do not cover travel and expenses. That includes the NBAA conference. As a winner of any scholarship, you are responsible for your own travel expenses and conference fees if you decide to attend the conference.

We look forward to reading all of your submission packages. If you have any questions, please send an email to the scholarship committee:  scholarships-wca@wca-intl.org.
WCA is very excited to announce the completion of the FAA Dispatcher Training Course by Lindsay Saladino on June 29, 2015!  Lindsay received the Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., FAA Dispatcher Training scholarship at WCA's Networking Event at NBAA 2014.
WCA is very happy and proud of you and grateful to our sponsor Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., for their continued offering of this valuable opportunity. Who will be next?



12 Hotel Safety Tips For Women While Traveling For Business

Written by Tracie Carwile
Security & Transportation Mission Advisor
Toastmasters Club, VP of PR &
Global Partnership Management

Women are traveling for business at a higher rate than ever before, which means we need to improve our safety awareness at all times – including the planning stages of booking hotels as well as when we arrive on-site.
  • Book hotel rooms on floors 3-5; refrain from booking on ground floors or floors higher than 5 when able due to limited or non-existent fire safety equipment worldwide
  • You can choose to not reference your first name or gender when booking your hotel room.  Booking your room under First initial and Last name is acceptable
  • Requesting a room nearest the fire exit is a considerable option for an easier emergency exit if needed
  • You can also insist that your room number and floor be kept private –Front desk guests and callers will not be able to access your information
  • When booking your room, inquire about recent paintings or fumigations done to your room, surrounding rooms, or floors below your room, this is especially true when traveling internationally as safety concerns from pesticides are not closely monitored as they are in the states
  • Always have the bellman assist you with your bags on arrival to act as a security buffer while locating your room the first time
  • If the windows to your room open, spend a few minutes ventilating the room upon arrival
  • Ensure balcony doors / windows are locked after ventilation, particularly if you are staying on floors 3 or lower.
  • It is always good to carry a non-expensive rubber stopper to place behind your door after settling in and right before bed time.
  • Keeping the "Do not disturb" sign on the outside of your door at all times implies the room is occupied – this is a good deterrent to room  break-ins/ theft
  • Allowing housekeeping to clean your room while in your presence will cut down on theft and/or unwanted individuals in your room. ( I usually call for housekeeping, wait until they arrive and then let them know I will be going down to the hotel dining area or gym and will be returning shortly)
  • All valuables and personal identification should be kept in the hotel safe when you are not using the items.  Tamper tape adhesive is recommended to place on the hotel safe to serve as an extra deterrent.  
Written by Linda Berlin
Published in Women In Aviation

Written by, Karin Muller

Hello from your international team,
EBACE has come and gone and with it our 6th annual Women in Corporate Aviation Networking Breakfast. 
We had a record number of like minded industry professionals gather in the conference Center adjacent to the Palexo in Geneva on the second morning of EBACE and it was great to see that 46 participants came along. This years breakfast was sponsored by Universal, Gulfstream, Air Culinaire and Women in Corporate Aviation and we are grateful for their contributions.
Each of the sponsors took to the floor and we had some interesting speakers who talked about the importance of bringing more women into the industry. Some of them shared some personal experiences and also described what their company’s initiatives are to address diversity.
We then did a round of introductions and it didn't take long for people to mingle, network and exchange business cards.
We have become a string pillar of the EBACE community over the past six years and our involvement is growing. 

For one we had an EBAA sponsored booth available to us which was run by Tim Kirkwood and his wonderful team of volunteers.
Then we were invited to a couple of the EBAA conference sessions and boy did we deliver! The panel of one of the sessions consisted of an all WCA cast!
So what now? Aquaintences have been made, friendships deepened, new members have signed up and I am actually on my way to the Royal Aeronautical Society in London as I am writing this as I have been invited to take part in a focus group for an academic study. Oh and there might even be an article about us coming up in one of the online aviation magazines..so....watch this space...
The globe is getting smaller and I'd encourage anyone that visits international territory to reach out and meet your fellow international members...even if only for a spot of afternoon tea.
6th Annual Networking Breakfast @ EBACE 2015

Welcome To Hangar Talk

Hi Everyone!
It’s already more than a month after EBACE!  I hope you are all well?
For some news from our part of the world and our principals, please click on the link for the latest edition of Hangar Talk XPress.

CBAA Convention 

Women in Corporate Aviation, under the direction of Directors Tim Kirkwood and Paula Kraft were recently welcomed and well represented at the Canadian Business Aviation Convention and the NBAA Flight Attendant conferences. Here are some pictures and more information. WCA has also been asked to participate in the EAA WomenVenture program. We have sent informational brochures to include in 650 bags for participants.
WCA was recently invited to attend the annual convention of the CBAA, which this year, was held in the Av Fuel Hangar at St. Hubert Airport in Montreal, Quebec.  Close to 50 companies were exhibiting, including FBOs, Fuel suppliers, crew and avionics software, training organizations and schools, as well as local Canadian airports and suppliers.  Outside of the hangar was a static display of aircraft from  ombardier, HondaJet, Embraer, Dassault-Falcon, Gulfstream, among others.

The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is a non-profit association formed in 1961 as Canada’s voice forbusiness aviation.  Since its inception, CBAA has assumed an increasing leadership role in its advocacy for Canadian business aviation interests. 

With a membership of approximately 400 companies and organizations, including operators, management companies and suppliers, CBAA represents the entire business aviation community with a unified and collective voice.

Beginning with a charity golf tournament, the convention venue then presented educational breakout sessions for Flight Operations / Management, Maintenance, Pilots and Crew, as well as Schedulers and Dispatchers.  There was also an open forum called “Ask Me Anything” with  experts answering questions from the attendees.

The next CBAA convention is scheduled for July 5-7, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta.

Lise Hodgson - Event coordinator
Phone - 613-854-4686

Upcoming Events

Sept. 11, 2015 
EBAA Flight Attendants Conference (previously Flight Attendants, at EBACE) will be held for the first time in Brussels
• Brussels, Belgium

September 24 – 25, 2015 
African Women Aviation Association AfBAA
• Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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