“Girls need to see living aviation female role models”.
The Dreams Soar initiative embraced this solution to the shortage of women in aviation with a solo flight around the world to inspire and empower women to pursue STEM related careers. Shaesta Waiz, the first civilian female pilot from Afghanistan, teamed up with inspiring women from around the world and, together, they hosted outreach events for the majority of the stops along the route. These events focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related careers. Our mission is to encourage women worldwide to believe in themselves and to allow their dreams to soar.
Dreams Soar’s historic global solo flight departed 13 May 2017 and returned 04 Oct 2017 to Daytona Beach (KDAB).
The Dreams Soar route final count included 30 stops in 22 countries on five continents totaling almost 25,000 nm flown, with 32 outreach events inspiring over 3,000 young girls and boys to reach for the stars with STEM. Each stop was strategically selected based on the need for STEM outreach.