FedEx Sponsors 2024 OBAP Annual Conference in Memphis, TN

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May 23, 2024 | Memphis, TN - The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) is proud to partner with FedEx as the title sponsor of the 2024 OBAP Annual Convention, taking place August 21-23 in Memphis, Tennesse. This year's convention theme is “ONE: Mission. Moment. Memphis,” reinforcing OBAP’s call to unite aerospace professionals across disciplines for three days of networking, professional development, and celebration.

"We are thrilled to have FedEx as our title sponsor for the 2024 OBAP Annual Convention," said OBAP Board Chair, Tennesse Garvey. "Their longstanding support of OBAP has propelled our mission forward for decades, and we look forward to working together again to create an unforgettable convention experience for all attendees."

As the title sponsor, FedEx will be prominently featured throughout the convention, and more importantly, representatives will be on hand to meet with attendees and discuss career opportunities with the carrier.

“Our decades-long relationship with OBAP is a source of great pride for FedEx. Being the title sponsor of the 2024 OBAP Annual Convention is a reflection of our deep commitment to fostering diversity throughout our company and promoting opportunities for those who want to enter the aviation industry,” said Richard Smith, President and CEO Airline and International, FedEx. “I’m also extremely proud we’re hosting in our hometown and have no doubt this year’s convention will be a stand-out, shining a light on the countless accomplishments of our black aerospace professionals and educating Memphis’ youth on the many opportunities in the field!” 

This lead sponsorship builds on FedEx and OBAP’s longstanding partnership. In addition to organizational support, FedEx has been a consistent champion of the Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy, OBAP’s non-profit flight school, located minutes from this year’s conference events.

The convention will feature a range of workshops, panel discussions, networking events, a career-focused exhibit hall, and hands-on aerospace sessions for local youth. And, true to OBAP tradition, there will be plenty of fun and entertainment as attendees experience the unique culture and hospitality of Memphis. This year, OBAP is also excited to welcome aerospace enthusiasts and job seekers from the Memphis area to visit the Exhibit Hall and connect with hiring exhibitors on Friday, August 23. Tickets are available on-site and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Registration for the 2024 OBAP Annual Convention is now open, with discounted rates available for OBAP members. For more information and to register, visit

About OBAP
Founded in 1976, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers. OBAP provides a wide range of programs and services to promote diversity and inclusion in the industry, including scholarships, mentoring, and professional development opportunities.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $88 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally as one FedEx. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 500,000 employees to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world responsibly and resourcefully, with a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040.

Candace Williams Brown