Women ACES

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SUN ‘n FUN is honored to champion women in aviation through our Women ACES Program by showcasing the talented women who have paved the runway in the aviation industry and provide opportunities to ensure that the future of aviation is as diverse and vibrant as the sky itself!

Thank you to all who participated in the Women ACES Event at the 2024 SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo!

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The 2024 Women ACES Breakfast Featured these Successful Trailblazers from the Aviation Industry

Keynote Speaker – Connie Tobias, Former Captain, Piedmont Airlines

Connie Tobias is a skilled pilot whose aviation experience is an inspiration. In her 49-year career in aviation, Tobias has flown more than 70 different kinds of aircraft, from a 1903 Wright Flyer and 1909 Bleriot to modern day heavy jets to the F-4 Phantom fighter jet. In 2003, she volunteered to fly troops and equipment to and from the Middle East during the Iraq War. Tobias retired as a senior captain for a major airline and has logged more than 22,000 flight hours, and more than 1,300 trans-Atlantic crossings.

Guest Speaker – Madison Marsh, USAF Officer

Madison Marsh, a 22-year-old second lieutenant in the US Air Force and master’s student at the Harvard Kennedy School’s public policy program, was crowned the 2024 Miss America. Marsh, representing the state of Colorado, is the first active-duty Air Force officer ever to receive the national title.

Guest Speaker – Lori Cline, Female Aviation Pioneer

Lori Cline started flying before she was driving. On her 23rd birthday, she became the youngest airline captain in the world. At US Airways, she was a member of the first all-female Airbus 320 crew and the first female check airman and FAA designee. As an avid mentor to young women seeking to fly, Cline has co-authored two books: “Ladybirds I, The Story of American Women in Aviation” and “Ladybirds II, The Continuing Story of Women in Aviation.”

Moderator – Kelly Murphy, Director of Communications for WAI

Kelly Murphy has spent decades in the aviation industry, from learning to fly at age 16, writing and editing a variety of aviation publications, to running an international women-owned P.R. and marketing services company. In addition to her role as Director of Communications/ Editor-in-Chief of Women In Aviation International, she serves as an ambassador of goodwill for WAI and provides content to media worldwide seeking to feature women in aviation.

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