Second annual “Girls LAUNCH” event will share opportunities in aerospace with 1000 girls on November 13, 2021.
October, 28, 2020 - The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) will host “Girls LAUNCH,” a free opportunity for girls and women of all ages to learn about careers in aerospace on Saturday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place virtually via an interactive virtual event platform.
In its second year, Girls LAUNCH is supported by an incredible group of corporate partners including Lockheed Martin American Airlines, Envoy Airlines, JetBlue, JSX, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, the United States Air Force, and Wings Financial.
The event will also be highlighted by a keynote address from NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps, the first African American woman to live on the International Space Station.
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of aerospace through live virtual tours, interact with professional women in aerospace careers, and participate in immersive, age-appropriate breakout sessions. Registrants will have access to the Girls LAUNCH Digital Library, an interactive collection of career stories and exciting hands-on activities through the event platform for 12 months.
OBAP’s outreach efforts date back to 1976. Today, its related educational initiatives reach over 55,000 students yearly, through events such as Aerospace Professionals in Schools (APIS), Aerospace Career Education (ACE) Academies, the Luke Weathers Flight Academy and more.
“Girls LAUNCH is part of OBAP’s plan to introduce young women to the limitless possibilities in aerospace, which we hope, in time will lead to an increase in diversity throughout the industry,” said Tennesse Garvey, OBAP programs co-chair. “It is my hope that we’ll continue to lead the way in gender equity in aerospace, and Girls LAUNCH is one step toward achieving that objective.”
Girls LAUNCH admission is FREE, but registration is required. For additional information, and to register, visit www.obap.org/girls-launch.
Founded in 1976, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers. OBAP’s Project Aerospace programming offers annual opportunities to inform and prepare aspiring aerospace professionals for their future careers. This dream-to-career commitment includes initial exposure to the industry through in-school career day events, immersive summer programs, flight training academies and professional development opportunities held nationwide.
OBAP has more than 3,000 members internationally representing every major and regional carrier and a diverse offering of aerospace professions. Collectively, we are committed to providing existing aerospace professionals with the resources needed to maintain and advance their careers.
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Members of the media interested in attending and covering Girls LAUNCH are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 8, 2021.