Women in Europe
Women in Europe Conference. Conference highlights included greeting old
friends and meeting new ones, discovering fascinating facts about other aviation professionals and their careers, learning ways to improve ourselves, and ultimately being inspired and rejuvenated by our passion for aviation.
The conference included a fulfilling day with captivating speakers during morning and afternoon sessions. The Deputy Major of Sandefjord, Vidar Andersen, welcomed more than 20 attendees to the Rica
Park Hotel, near the Oslo Torp airport. Speakers, introduced by conference coordinator Michelle Bassenesi, included Boeing’s
Deborah Limb; Marianne Knutsen, Norway’s second woman F- 16
pilot; Heidi Smale, private flight attendant trainer; Kalsi Devinder,
a corporate mechanic; Sandrine Rohrer, who teaches Fem Do Chi;
Teresa Favino, a flight nurse with the Italian Red Cross; Michelle
Aitken; airline Captain Lucy Young, and a closing address from Lt. Cdr.
(RET.) Trish Beckman, WAI board member.
Sandefjord, Norway, provided a relaxing setting for the Fourth Aviation and
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On Sunday the group had the chance to enjoy a 2. 5 hour ferry ride
to Stromstad, a beautiful town in the neighboring country of Sweden.
A self-guided walking tour of Stromstad was followed by a fabulous
buffet lunch on the return ferry.
Attendee Karin Muller said, “The number of corporate jet representatives [here] is growing! Each and every speaker had something very
valuable to offer and present and
we all walked away with a feeling of achievement of a very important cause that is close to our
hearts—Promote, support and
provide a network to aviation
professionals and beyond.”
Next year’s AWE Conference
is to be held in Barcelona, Spain.
Stay tuned for details at www. aweu.org or www.wai.org. ✈