Ladies and Drones International Awards

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Women and Drones will once again bring the UAS/AAM community together to celebrate the preeminent women in business, government, and education. The nomination process is underway for the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards. The 7th Annual Global Awards will take place at a new venue, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC on October 25th.

“We are proud to continue the tradition of recognizing the incredible achievements of women in the UAS/AAM industry,” said Sharon Rossmark, Founder and CEO of Women and Drones. “We believe this annual opportunity to celebrate will help us take significant steps forward in positioning the future of aviation as an inclusive and dynamic industry.”

Nomination Open!

The Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards honors outstanding women and companies or organizations in multiple categories. The Women to Watch Awards acknowledge those who are driving change and leading the way toward greater female participation in the uncrewed aviation industry. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes highly experienced and accomplished businesswomen in relevant emerging aviation technologies and industry-enabling career fields. The Company Innovation and Spotlight on Drones for Good Awards are designed to recognize companies, agencies, or organizations that have a culture of inclusiveness where women are engaged in key leadership positions.

Nominees must be employed in the UAS/AAM industry or have made a significant impact on the industry through their leadership, research, teaching, or advocacy. The deadline for nominations is June 16, 2023. To nominate a deserving woman or company visit Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards.

2023 Honorary Co-Chairpersons

2022 Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Hall of Fame inductees Marilyn Pearson and Miriam McNabb will serve as honorary co-chairpersons for the 2023 awards.

Marilyn Pearson is a former Aviation Safety Inspector at the FAA, where she was awarded the FAA Administrator’s Award for Excellence in EEO in 2002. Ms. Pearson is now the Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist at CAE. With over 40 years in the aviation industry, Ms. Pearson has served as a corporate and commercial pilot in several jet aircraft types and holds instructor ratings for numerous aircraft types.

“Receiving the Hall of Fame award for Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies is truly an honor, especially as it has come from people in the aviation and aerospace industry who have been my role models and inspirations,” says Marilyn Pearson. “This group of amazing women who I share the award with inspire me to make what seems impossible, possible. I’ve met so many incredible women who are now friends and colleagues because of this wonderful recognition and I can’t wait to see what they will all create.”

Miriam McNabb is Partner and Editor at DRONELIFE.com, an online news source focused on the commercial drone industry, established in 2013. She is a frequent international speaker at drone industry events and writes for DRONELIFE on current news, financial trends, and FAA regulations .

“I’m incredibly proud to be an ambassador for this year’s Women and Drones Global Awards,” says Miriam McNabb. “This event is far more significant than simply one day: it provides a wider view of what’s possible in Emerging Aviation Technologies for women of any age. Holding the event in one of our country’s most significant monuments to aviation is such a privilege – we can’t wait to fill these halls with the next generation of aviation professionals.”

The Thought Leaders Summit

In addition to the awards ceremony, Women and Drones is proud to partner with Commercial Drone Alliance to host the Emerging Aviation Technologies Thought Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC on Tuesday, October 24th. The Summit will convene leaders on the frontlines of progress who are breaking new ground and building a framework to reshape the opportunities for a path forward in the UAS/AAM industry. Corporate Partnership opportunities are available for both the awards celebration as well as the Thought Leaders’ Summit: for information visit Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Partnership Opportunities.

Nominations are now open for the 2023 awards! Nominate the women inspiring you and learn more about the Global Awards and the event here.

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