2021 Women To Watch Global Awards Sponsors

Meet The Finalists

Finalists listed in alphabetical order by first name

Amanda Obidike

STEMi Makers of Africa
Nigeria

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“Be fearless. Be free to Dream. Be free to ask questions. Be free to excel and Be free to succeed.
There may be hurdles in the journey but please maintain focus. Delving into UAS/AAM industry is a wonderful decision anyone can make. Feel free to reach out to people you admire or professionals who could share their stories, tips and advice.”

Angi English

HSX Founding Scholar for Innovation at the Center for Homeland Defense
United States

 

What are you most excited about seeing in the UAS/AAM industry over the next 2 – 3 years?

The capability to make time sensitive and informed decisions is paramount for public safety today and the use of uncrewed aircraft systems is the most innovative and crucial tool in the security practitioners toolbox.

April Lanotte

NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
United States

 

What are you most excited about seeing in the UAS/AAM industry over the next 2 – 3 years?

UAS/AAM is an exciting and quickly developing arena that is shaping our future airspace, including more equitable access to aviation, innovative solutions to local, regional, and global challenges, and workforce opportunities for everyone.

Dr. Bianca Schuchardt

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Germany

 

What are you most thankful for that has helped you succeed in the UAS/AAM industry?

I am thankful for the opportunity of doing hands-on research on futuristic drone and air taxi concepts. How should we know what will work well tomorrow if not by investigating it today?


Brianne Gray

MissionGo
United States

 

What are you most excited about seeing in the UAS industry over the next 2 -3 years?

I am most excited about the rapid advancement of UAS technology to meet and serve the needs of our communities by keeping them safe, serving their medical needs and inspecting critical infrastructure as preventative measures.


Bronwyn Morgan

Xeo Air
United States

 

What are you most excited about seeing in the UAS/AAM industry over the next 2 – 3 years?

“I am looking forward to the days where we can fly in a safe airspace with autonomous operations to provide professional services and consumer based conveniences and create more jobs and opportunities.”

Jennifer Pidgen

Sundance Media Group
United States

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“The UAS industry offers many career opportunities and is rapidly growing with incredible people to help women accelerate the learning curve. Believing in yourself is the greatest challenge. I believe in you. The Women & Drones group believe in you. We are here to help you get started! BELIEVE you can compete and thrive as you build a UAS career.”


Justyna Jeziorska

Center for Geospatial Analytics
United States

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“I would say to anyone interested in UAS career that indeed the sky is the limit! The use of drones in academia is booming now and there is no better time to join the efforts in advancing UAS research. There is a whole cohort of students eager to learn how to use drones too!”

 

Karen DiMeo

AERODIMEO LLC
United States

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“If you’re passionate about progressing the industry, whether it be changes in drone rules, or the number of women in the room – use your voice and never let anyone shut the door on you”


Karna Hensley

SUAVO
United States

 

What are you most thankful for that has helped you succeed in the UAS/AAM industry?

“I am thankful for being able to incorporate my decades of experience as an Emergency Room Charge Nurse into my role as CEO of SUAVO LLC”


Katie Thielmeyer

Woodlawn Fire Department
United States

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“To my daughters and all women…
We need you! The UAS industry continues to grow and change at a rapid pace. This is an opportunity where dreams and ideas can truly turn into something real. Although it can be intimidating, keep pushing and don’t give up. Align yourself with positive and supportive people and always help others.”

Madison Jeffery

Swoop Aero
Australia

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“Dream big! Follow your passion, intuition and most of all your heart wherever it guides you. Tackle challenges head on as they’re the best learning experiences. Show the male dominated industry women have endless potential.”

 


Mafunase Ngosa Malenga

Southern Africa Institute of Aviation Science and Technology
Zambia

 

What are you more excited about seeing in the UAS/AAM industry over the next 2 – 3 years?

“I am excited to see more females joining the industry in Zambia and Africa at large. Its so exciting to see young people in the rural areas having a kin interest in UAS/AAM and it will be nice to see more collaboration world wide.”


Mariya Tarabanovska

Flight Crowd
United Kingdom

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“Never let anyone define your limits. Your background, age, your experiences – these and more make you who you are. The industry needs bright individuals like you – be your own and someone else’s role model”


Marlene Conway Diels

Diversity Development Network of Canada
Canada

 

What are you most excited about seeing in the UAS/AAM industry over the next 2 – 3 years?

“Advancing collaborative diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) strategies to attract, retain and advance skilled human resources and talent to support technology and infrastructure development, demonstration to yield sustainable global UAS/AAM sector growth.”


Meg Kummerow

Fly The Farm
Australia

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/UAM industry?

“There is so much value that women can bring to the drone industry utilising our existing knowledge and experience and there are plenty of opportunities if we jump in and have a go!”


Nicole Bonk

Skydio
United States

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“My advice for women interested in a career in the UAS industry would be to jump all in. Embrace the skills you bring to the table and don’t be afraid to enter into a male dominated industry. Be confident, capable, and true to yourself and if you work hard you will succeed.”


Suzanne Lepine

Hitec Commercial Drone Services
United States

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“I am excited to see how the industry will continue to regulatorily expand as we witnessed this year with Beyond Visual Line of Sight. We are on the precipice of further innovative advancements & allowances.”

Vanessa Blakeley

Ascent Aerosystems
United States

 

What advice would you offer to other women interested in a career in the UAS/AAM industry?

“The drone business is in its nascent stages. To be successful in this craft means to be agile, curious, and unafraid of failure. We are not just growing a company. We are creating an industry.”

 

Meet The Company/Team Finalists

The company and team awards acknowledge organizations that in their pursuit of excellence, embrace diversity and have a culture of inclusiveness where women are engaged in key roles on the team and/or are in leadership positions of the organization.


Drone Talks, LTD

Switzerland

“Feeling uncomfortable it’s a good sign. I feel it every day. It’s evidence of learning, which is the heart of innovation, especially in the rapidly changing UAM industry. Shift from “I am not enough” to “I’ll master it by doing”, trust me, we all don’t know what is next; it does not depend on your gender.”

Eszter Kovacs, CEO


Global Aerial Management Group

United States

“Jump now into your UAS career and don’t look back. More women in UAS and aviation will provide diverse views that will lend to creative ideas for future growth. Believe you can and you will.”

Toni Drummond, CEO

Mission Go

United States

“At MissionGO, we are thankful for a team that empowers and encourages the success of women and their advancement in the industry. Working within this environment means nothing but an amazing future for this company.”

Jen Arink, UAS Pilot,

Unmanned Systems Operations Group, Inc.

United States

“The advice I would offer is to find what you love about the industry and think BIG! Tackle your ideas and dreams head on without any fear of failure. Failure leads to INNOVATION!”

Pharns Genece, CEO

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