2023 Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards & Thought Leaders’ Summit


Wednesday October 25, 2023 – Washington, DC

Attend Awards Ceremony & Dinner

Success Stories!

Note: The Summit is free but requires a separate registration
Questions about the summit: membership@commercialdronealliance.org

Join the Commercial Drone Alliance as they host the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Summit.

This inspiring and interactive conference will focus on challenges and success stories from women across the globe in the commercial drone and AAM industries. 

The Summit features a keynote luncheon and two panels with women from a range of diverse backgrounds. 

The event is in conjunction with the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards Ceremony and Dinner taking place at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. 

Summit Speakers

Loretta Alkalay, Esq

Vaughn College

Diana Cooper


Lisa Ellman

Commercial Drone Alliance

Abigail Smith


Barbara Bollard

Aukland University

Jackie Dujmovic

Hover UAV

Desi Ekstein

On The Go Video.biz

Mercy Makau

Young Aviators Club of Africa

Sonet Kock

AviComply (Pty) Ltd.

Annalisa Russell-Smith

Flyby Technology

Summit Agenda

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Commercial Drone Alliance

Wednesday, October 25

551 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 2004

11:30 am – 12:00 pm EST

Summit Registration

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Keynote Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: TBD

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM EST

Panel Discussion #1

Hear from prominent women in the industry about where they started, how they got where they are in their careers, and their challenges and successes along the way.

Loretta Alkalay, Esq. USA; Diana Cooper, USA; Lisa Ellman, USA; Abigail Smith, USA

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM EST

Panel Discussion #2

Several Honorees of the 7th Annual Women in Emerging Aviation Technology Awards share their stories.  

Barbara Bollard, New Zealand; Jackie Dujmovic, Australia; Desi Ekstein, USA; Mercy Makau, Kenya; Sonet Kock, South Africa; Annalisa Russell-Smith, UK 

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Interactive Session

Time to meet, mingle and share. Meet your fellow attendees and share your experiences.

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Networking Reception (optional)

7th Annual Women in Emerging Aviation Awards

Dinner, Awards Ceremony & Celebration

Wednesday October 25, 2023

Doors Open 7:00 PM EST         Attire: Festive Cocktail

Private Awards Dinner Awards & Reception

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
600 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC

Reception:  7:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Dinner, Ceremony & Celebration: 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Photographers will capture our evening of celebrating industry trailblazers.

Hosts: Marilyn Pearson and Miriam McNabb

Welcome Reception


Keynote/Fireside Chat: Dr. Robin Murphy & Dr. Renee Welch

Special Announcements

Awards Ceremony

Celebration Reception!

7th Anniversary Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Awards

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