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Women and Drones Seeks Nominees for International Award: Women to Watch in UAS Industry

Nominations now open; finalists to be announced at ASCEND drone business conference in July

March 8, 2017

In celebration of International Women's Day, Women and Drones, in partnership with Drone360 magazine (hey, that's us!) and ASCEND drone business conference is announcing a global search for women impacting the drone industry.

The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. The emerging UAV industry is full of inspiring women shaping its future, and this Women to Watch Award is designed to acknowledge and motivate women who are driving change and leading a new industry closer to gender parity.

The Women to Watch Award is open to women from all over the world who are impacting the drone industry through achievements in technology, business, governmental relations, advocacy, education, research, journalism, agriculture, and more. Nominations can be submitted online at WomenAndDrones.com. Submissions will be accepted until May 15.

“The drone industry is driven by innovation and intelligence. On International Women’s Day, we’re proud to join millions who will Be Bold for Change and encourage women and girls to achieve their ambitions,” said Sharon Rossmark, COO of AeroVista Innovations and founder of Women and Drones. “I’m looking forward to July, when we’ll meet the finalists of the Women to Watch Award and learn how they are contributing to the rapid evolution of the UAV industry."

Award recipients will be honored at the ASCEND Conference & Expo, July 19-21, in Portland, OR. In addition to this Award, ASCEND will provide a meaningful platform to help women share ideas, network with like-minded professionals, and be recognized for their accomplishments. A roundtable discussion for Women in Drones will be offered as a networking breakfast session. As a reflection of the industry and their leadership, several of the instructional sessions will be led by women who are leaders in that area.

What are you waiting for? Submit your Women to Watch nomination.
Featured image: Lauren Sigfusson