Students, Alumni Meet at Women in Aviation Conference
Embry-Riddle alumni and students were out in full force at the 23rd
Annual International Women in Aviation Conference on March 8-10. Hosted
in Dallas, Texas, the conference also set the stage for a first-time
meeting between the new Women’s Ambassador Program student
representatives from the Prescott and Daytona Beach campuses, pictured at right with university President and CEO John P. Johnson and his wife, university ambassador Maurie Johnson.
For Prescott WAP student co-coordinator
Katelynn McClure meeting the other ambassadors gave her new insight into
the university. "We really got to discuss the similarities and
differences between our campuses," she said. "As students, it's easy to
feel like your campus is an isolated part of Embry-Riddle. It was
beneficial to get that connection to the bigger picture."
The 16 women student ambassadors helped spread the word at the
conference about how alumnae can also get involved in the university’s
Women’s Initiative, which is working to increase female enrollment
Embry-Riddle and ultimately grow the number of women in aerospace and
engineering career fields. The ambassadors, clad in matching
Embry-Riddle blouses and blazers, “made waves” throughout the
conference, said Michele Berg, assistant vice president of Alumni
Relations. The ambassadors helped staff the Embry-Riddle tradeshow
booth, and visited with fellow Eagles at the alumni luncheon and other
“They did a fantastic job representing the university and our new
Women’s Initiative,” Berg said. “We talked to dozens of female graduates
who were excited about getting involved as mentors and guest speakers.
We are continuing to build our team, thanks to the opportunities we had
to connect with alumnae at the conference.”
More than 50 alumni checked in with the Alumni Association to provide
updated contact information, and later attended the March 10 alumni
luncheon at the Hilton Anatole with students from Women in Aviation
Among the alumnae attending the luncheon, Ariel Talen-Keller (’11, WW)
found common ground with the ambassadors. As the reigning Mrs. Alaska
for the United States All World Beauties National Pageant, Talen-Keller
spoke to luncheon attendees about her platform project, GirlsFlyToo, a
program designed to encourage and educate women to be involved in
“It was an honor to meet other great women who have pursued their aviation dreams at Embry-Riddle,” she said.
Johnson, also in attendance at the
luncheon, said it was wonderful to see Embry-Riddle women in action and
sharing their stories at the conference.
“We’re making great strides and when I come to this conference, I see
what strides are being made more globally,” he said. “I am so pleased to
see the increase and interest from young women.”