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IAWA Honors Abby Bried with the 2023 IAWA Woman of Excellence Award

Leesburg, VA – October 11, 2023 - The International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA), a global association committed to connecting, inspiring and leading women in the aerospace and aviation industries, is pleased to announce Abby Bried, Vice President and General Counsel, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, as the recipient of the 2023 IAWA Woman of Excellence Award. This award recognizes women who are leaders in aerospace and aviation, have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of women in the industries and are respected by men and women alike.

As a woman who epitomizes these attributes, IAWA is honored to recognize Ms. Bried as the twelfth recipient of the Woman of Excellence Award. Ms. Bried's progressive career at major airlines and her current role as Vice President and General Counsel, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, are just two examples of her demonstrated leadership. Her continued dedication to the development and advancement of women in the industry is exemplified by her membership in IAWA, where she has served on the Board and as President, and her service on the American Bar Association (ABA) Diversity Council.
From IAWA President, Kathleen Guilfoyle, “I can think of no one better suited to represent IAWA's mission to support and develop women leaders in the aerospace and aviation industry. At each job, Ms. Bried rose to key leadership positions, always bringing with her and demonstrating her commitment to gender parity. Her dedication and commitment to IAWA has helped enrich the organization.”

About Ms. Bried
With over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, Ms. Bried has provided counsel and insight to clients in all sectors of the aviation community, including commercial aviation, manufacturing, and emerging technologies.
Prior to Panasonic, Ms. Bried was co-chair of the Aviation and Aerospace Practice at the law firm of Jenner & Block and spent 25+ years as in-house counsel at United Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Northwest Airlines.
Ms. Bried is an industry leader in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She is a past President of IAWA and previously served on the ABA Diversity Council.

About the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA)
IAWA is a nonprofit association providing a worldwide network dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the aviation and aerospace industries at all levels across the globe. IAWA sponsors informative meetings, hosts receptions, and connects, publishes newsletters, and keeps its members updated on the latest industry developments. Information related to the Association, its programs, studies and NextGen opportunities can be found at IAWA.org.


Submitted: 11/08/23
Article By: Dart, Cristiane