Events and Networking

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The Emerging Leader Forum is proudly brought to you by WAI Australian Chapter.

At the WAI Australian Chapter, we recognise that everyone's definition of leadership and their journeys are different. For some, leadership represents a title and a career pathway. For others, it can be tied to community, identity or culture. Whatever leadership means to you, we're here for it!

Our Emerging Leader Forum is open to all emerging and developing leaders aged 18 to 100+ years. We don't see age as a barrier to leadership!

The Forum is designed to connect attendees, develop tools and strategies, and inspire future generations while fostering a leadership mindset. Supported by aviation industry leaders and emerging top talent, you will:

  • receive expert guidance on how to navigate your leadership journey,
  • participate in facilitated leadership and development workshops and
  • utilise your new skills, knowledge and leadership mindset throughout the day.

The Forum is designed to cultivate growth in early career professionals, share career pathway information and provide support networks to women for their journey in the aviation aerospace, and space sectors.

Location:  Cairns | Gimuy -  Pullman Cairns International
Date: July 12th, 2024
Time 08:45-18:30
What's included:
  • Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
  • 2 x 1.5hr workshops: 
    • Identify your leadership style (Brand) & how to leverage it - Ellis Neil
    • Crafting your courageous conversation technique - Shamsa Lea
  • Speakers and Panel: :
    • MC - Alana Mckenna
    • My Aviation Leadership Story - Alicia Prince
    • Fireside Chat - Carley Scott OAM and Erin Douglas
    • Redefining Leadership: Embracing the unconventional path to influence and impact - Sharna Tonkin
    • Aviation, A career path not planned: how transferable skills, leadership and curiosity lead to a career of passion in a new field - Vivianne Kollevris
    • Navigating your leadership Journey - Panel
  • End of day networking and speed mentoring with industry leaders. 

Ticket Sales will end June 27th, unless sold out prior.

Get your ticket here. Use code EML to access tickets!


The Women in Aviation Australian Chapter supports women who are involved in every area of aviation. WAI Australia is run by volunteers who aim to engage and inspire the next generation of aerospace leaders. We are dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation and aerospace career fields and interests.

We work to build an inclusive and diverse global aviation and aerospace industry, invest in our current and future workforce, and inspire women and girls to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace.

WAI Australia offers mentorship, education, and outreach programs in addition to our events and scholarships. You can learn more about our events here and our scholarships here. Individuals and corporations can sign up to to become a member here. Corporations looking to sponsor WAI Australia, the Emerging Leader Forum or other upcoming events are welcome to contact us at



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Events are our Passion.

National Conference

The aim of the national conference is to provide attendees with vital information and resources from various facets of the industry, and more importunately, provide an interactive environment for attendees to connect and network with leaders from within the aviation and aerospace industry.

Hosted across various locations the conference will connect, engage and inspire those attending.

Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD)

GIAD events offer an incredible up-close and real-world experience to school-aged girls between the ages of 8-17 to explore the many amazing aviation and aerospace careers out there. We know, and have seen first-hand, that GIAD creates the spark for passionate and successful pathways to aviation and aerospace careers.


Emerging Leaders Forum (EML)

The EML brings together the next generation of aviation professionals alongside innovative speakers and leaders of today’s industry.  This forum is designed to cultivate innovative ideas in our youth, share career pathway information and provide support networks into the aviation aerospace and space sectors through collaboration and interactive discussion and mentoring opportunities with current leaders in their fields.

It is avenue for debate, innovation and education to help the next generation of aviation and aerospace leaders to connect, engage and be inspired.

The EML forums are hosted across Australia throughout the year, in both regional and city locations.

Become an event sponsor

Our events would not be possible, nor would they be as widely accessible as they currently are, without the generosity of our sponsorship partners. Sponsorship empowers us to continue inspiring, connecting, supporting and engaging girls and women with the aviation and aerospace community. If you would like to discuss opportunities to sponsor tailored programs, initiatives, and events, simply drop us a note through the Contact Us link and then let's talk!

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