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July Chapter Meeting – Saturday, July 25th at 4:30pm


For July we will reprise what has become one of the favorite meetings of the year by getting together Saturday, July 25th, at 4:30pm on the upstairs deck of Palmer’s Place in La Grange,  No need to RSVP; just show up and enjoy meeting and socializing with others in various fields of aviation.

June Chapter Meeting – June 15th at 4:30pm

Chicago Executive AirportHappy summer Chicago’s Leading Edge members!

June’s meeting will be held at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) on June 15th at 4:30pm.  We will learn about the executive services provided by Signature Flight support, tour their facility and take our chapter picture.  Please see the link below for directions.


April Chapter Meeting – Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00pm

EP-140719503.jpg&updated=!!updated!!&MaxW=800&maxH=800&updated=!!updated!!&noborderJoin us to see an amazing motivational speaker, Jeff Miller, at our April Chapter meeting.  He was a passenger on the ill-fated United 232.  The crash-landing of this flight is widely regarded as one of the most amazing feats of aeronautical improvisation ever.  The Schaumburg business owner walked away unscathed from the wreckage that claimed the lives of 113 other travelers 19 years ago in Sioux City, Iowa, calling it “a fresh dose of perspective.”  He was seated in seat 16G on the flight from Denver to Chicago, en route to his grandfather’s funeral. The tail engine exploded in mid-flight, sending shrapnel through the tail and shredding the hydraulic and back-up hydraulic lines that control the plane.  He’ll walk us through his experience and what he learned from the accident.

This is a very unique opportunity to hear about a crash from the passenger’s perspective.  Join us at Lewis University in Romeoville on Tuesday, April 14th at 7pm in Harold E. White Aviation Center Room 126.  Click here for directions to campus and here for a campus map.

March Social Event – Saturday, March 28th at 7:00pm



Join Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter of Women in Aviation at Tipsters Village Pub in North Riverside on Saturday, March 28th at 7pm to celebrate the success of our recent Fundraising Event and the Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas!  It’s a great way to network, meet new people and have a great time.  Hope to see you there!



March Chapter Meeting – 2015 WAI Conference in Dallas, TX

We’re heading to DalWAI conference 2014Alas, Texas, for the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in 2015, and we want you to be a part of it!

Book your tickets, pack your bags, and plan to be there March 5-7, 2015. Since 1990, Women in Aviation, International, has been connecting, engaging, and inspiring women at all levels of aviation expertise, and 2015 will be no different. The trademark positive energy found at our annual conference is the foundation we’ve built our programming on, creating more opportunities for you to network, learn, and grow during the three days we’re together in Dallas.

For more information on this year’s conference, click here.

February Chapter Meeting – Thursday, February 26th, 2015


January Chapter Meeting – Monday, Jan. 19th at 6:00pm

Hello everyone!  We have a great tour of American Eagle Operations and Envoy_Crj-900one of their aircraft planned for Monday evening, January 19th at 6:00pm.  We will meet in Terminal 3, upper level (departures), inside door 3C.  We’ll be sure to keep it under three hours for short term parking.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!  Please email if you’d like to attend.  Stay warm out there!

December Holiday Party and Scholarship Announcement

group A big thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Chicago’s Leading  Edge Chapter Holiday Party, especially those who brought a toy to donate to Toy’s for Tots.  We’ve had a wonderful year full of networking, socializing, great tours and fundraising.  We wouldn’t be where we are without the generous support of our membership.

We’d also like to congratulate this year’s scholarship winners Maggie Schulz (Future’s Unlimited Scholarship) and Lauren Loomis (Paperless Pilot Scholarship)! We received many well-qualified applications, and it was a difficult selection process. I would like to encourage all of you to apply next year as well, as we may be adding a scholarship as funds allow.

Thank you as always and see you next year.  Season’s greetings!

December Chapter Meeting – Tuesday, December 9th

Join Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter of Women in Aviation for our 6th Annual Holiday Party!

  • IMG_1997Place:  Pilot Pete’s
  • Date:  Tuesday, December 9th (also the 110th anniversary of the Wright Brothers Flight!)
  • Time:  6:00PM
  • Cost:  $22

Each year our chapter donates aviation related toys to Toys for Tots.  This will hopefully not only bring others joy but also encourage kids to love aviation as much as we do.  Please bring one unwrapped toy to spread a little holiday cheer.

Additionally, we’ve decided to add a little deliciousness to our evening by having a cookie exchange.  If you’d like to participate, bring six of your favorite cookies together in a bag or container with recipe attached and swap for another member’s favorite!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!  Additional guests are welcome and encouraged so invite your friends!  For directions, please click here.

Please RSVP to by December 5th if you’d like to attend.  Friends and family are welcome!

Congrats to the new Chicago’s Leading Edge Officers!

We’re proud to announce the new Chicago’s Leading Edge Leadership for the next term!


  • President – Maureen Hallacy
  • Vice President – Lora Yowell
  • Treasurer – Jennifer Pfeifer
  • Secretary – Karyn Wojcik

Board of Directors:

  • Dolores Pavletic
  • Rose Ellen May
  • Jen Melvin
  • Megan Zahos

Committee Chairs:

  • Outreach Chair – Jen Alicz
  • Fundraising Chair – Dana Prill
  • Membership Chair – Andrew Fischenberg
  • Scholarship Chair – Julia Hamlin

Congratulations to you all! We can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you are sure to accomplish!