Panel Participation: Female Founder Meet Up: Preparing the flight path for women in aerospace with Aerospace Xelerated (Boeing)

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About this event

At Aerospace Xelerated, we are passionate about helping female founders connect with the industry, and with each other.

Join Aerospace Xelerated on December 7th as we embark on a journey towards building a global female founder community while exploring the challenges and opportunities for women in aviation. Share your experiences, challenges, and goals as we provide a safe space where we can support women through our network and leverage each other’s connections to build cutting-edge solutions. We will discuss raising funding, mentorship, resources and much more.

We’re delighted to welcome our guest speakers, Nichola Bates and Shelley A. Svoren in conversation with Veena Rao.

Nichola Bates, Managing Partner at Aerospace Xelerated

Nichola joined Boeing following a decade-long career working with scaling startups. Nichola brings extensive experience in international business development and fundraising for growth and she is passionate about the benefits of collaboration with startups. At Aerospace Xelerated, Nichola invests in and supports startups in Digital Services and Solutions to the benefit of the aerospace sector and related industries.

Shelley A. Svoren, Founder & CEO of Infinite Branches

Shelley is the founder and CEO of Infinite Branches, an organisation with the mission to ensure that the money spent on aviation investment is more than green: it contains a purpose.  She is a strong advocate for supporting underrepresented communities and achieving success in DE&I in the aviation industry. She has also 30+ years of experience working with banking and regulatory organisations, as well as technological and multinational consumer brands. She serves on the board of the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA), as the network’s VP – of Leader Development and serves on the National Business Aviation Association’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Working Group.

Moderated by Veena Rao, Strategy Analyst at Aerospace Xelerated

Veena is a Strategy Analyst at Aerospace Xelerated. Veena joined Boeing in 2019, rotating on teams across Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Defence, Space, & Security, and Boeing Global Services through her position in the highly competitive leadership rotation program (BCFP). Veena is passionate about creating more opportunities for women in tech and has led corporate D&I initiatives at Boeing, having pioneered the first D&I committee in her rotation program.

Date & Time

Wednesday, December 7th

17:00-18:00 PM(GMT)


– Introductions:17:00 – 17:05 (GMT)

– Discussion with female industry leaders: 17:05 – 17:25 (GMT)

– Open Q&A: 17:25 -18:00 (GMT)

Aerospace Xelerated

Aerospace Xelerated is a 3-month accelerator for early-stage startups striving to advance the future of sustainable aerospace. The programme is open to startups globally and is a Seed to Series A-stage accelerator for technology startups looking to impact and scale in (or establish themselves in) the aerospace industry. This programme is delivered by The Boeing Company and Tawazun Economic Council, with programme partners GKN Aerospace, DASA and Etihad.

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