WAI 2017 Workshops & Seminars

Professional Development Seminars


The Foundation of Accomplishment

Sponsored by: XOJET, Inc

Presented by The Boeing Company; Julie Spencer and Patricia (Pati) Mosier

Thursday, March 2    9-11 a.m.         Cost: $30

Discover the true foundation of your accomplishments as you explore the number, quality and the depth of the personal relationships among those that you work with. This seminar focuses on why your relationships are so important to provide creative ways and tools on how to build solid professional relationships. This is an interactive workshop incorporating hands-on activities, group discussions, informative videos, quiz, and storytelling.


Resumes That Speak the Language

Sponsored by: XOJET, Inc

Presented by Amy Kienast

Thursday, March 2    2-4 p.m.           Cost: $30

The aviation industry is very unique. Are you using the right job searching techniques to get your resume into the hands of the appropriate hiring manager? This workshop will show you how to create a resume that speaks the language of the industry. You will also learn a myriad of career-searching techniques that you can put to use immediately. Bring a copy of your resume to the workshop and be prepared for a fast-paced, information-filled session.


Test Prep for Your FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate (Part 121)

Presented by Christina Wall, Director of the Aircraft Dispatch Program at Eastern Michigan University

Thursday March 2     9-11 a.m.         Cost: Free

Prerequisite: At least two years’ experience within the past three years in several areas of aircraft operation including pilot, flight engineer, air traffic control, meteorologist, etc.

Add to your career credentials with an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate. This seminar will prepare you for the formal, written test by briefing you on specifics of the practical exam and a thorough overview of the Aircraft Dispatcher Practical Test Standards.  Attendees should leave the workshop knowing the steps that they would need to take to pursue their certificate, with areas for further study identified.


Aerospace Educators Workshop

Aviation for Today and Tomorrow

Sponsored by: Aurora Flight Sciences

Presented by FAA AVSED Team

Thursday, March 2    9 a.m. – noon

With a predicted shortage of skilled employees for the growing number of aerospace jobs it is important that we develop programs that inspire students to pursue aviation careers. Join us in the interactive workshop where we will share with attendees simple, hands-on activities that can be brought into the classroom to teach aviation STEM skills. During the workshop you will hear from VIP guest speakers in the aerospace community, so mark your calendars and remember Aviation for Today and Tomorrow.


AOPA Back to Your Roots Seminar

Friday, March 3         6-9 p.m.   

Are you a professional pilot that wants to fly for fun again? Back to Your Roots is designed for you! We want to invite you back into flying like you did when you started. This fun course is an interactive review of the VFR flying skills and regulations you learned during training, but just haven’t needed to use while burning Jet A. Rediscover the joy of flying general aviation!


Explore the Excitement of Flying!

Saturday, March 4       10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.        Cost: Free

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Your questions will be answered by accomplished flight instructors who want to get you into the air.

  • Where do I find the best flight instruction?
  • Do I have to take a lot of tests?
  • Am I too young to start?
  • Am I too old to learn?
  • Do I need my own airplane?
  • How much money does it really cost?
  • What do I need to do to get started?

Participants at this event will also have access to WAI's exhibit hall of aviation companies and organizations.



Ask the Experts

Bring your questions! The WAI Membership Booth in the exhibit hall will be host to experts in resume drafting, financial planning and counseling, and legal advice. These experts will be available to all WAI members at the following times and days, on a first-come-first-served basis in the Membership Booth in the exhibit hall.

    Financial Advisors - Geoffrey Palenik

    • Friday, March 3; 2:00 -4:00 pm


    Legal Advisors - Katherine Calhoun

    • Thursday, March 2; 2:00 -4:00 pm
    • Friday, March 3; 10:30 am - 12:00 noon


    Resume Drafting - Amy Kienast & Robert Raskey

    • Thursday, March 2; 2:00 -4:00 pm
    • Friday, March 3; 10:30 am - 12:00 noon

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    Benefits of a WAI Membership

    WAI members seek to inspire and stand for encouragement, continued education, and a whole lot of fun! If you’re a lover of all things aviation and aerospace, and enjoy sharing your passion with others, we’d love to have you! Membership includes job search opportunities, scholarship opportunities, access to mentors in your industry, and much more.

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