A Premier Conference to Promote Diversity and Inclusion for Minorities and Women in the Aviation and Aerospace Industries Through Education, Advocacy and Networking Opportunities
WASHINGTON, DC—The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and San Antonio International Airport (SAT) will host the 38th Annual AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference: Cultivate. Innovate. Elevate. from June 10–14, 2023 in San Antonio, TX. This conference is a premier aviation industry-wide event drawing thousands of businesses, aviation professionals, government officials and individuals from around the country, creating a hub for education, advocacy and networking opportunities to promote diversity and inclusion in the aviation and aerospace industries. Registration, sponsor, exhibit and advertisement opportunities are available at amac-org.com/annualconference.
The conference theme, “Cultivate. Innovate. Elevate,” is about action and engaging with AMAC’s mission to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Cultivate is the acquisition of skills and knowledge with the application of developing a better environment. It is about fostering opportunities, possibilities and strong outcomes. Innovate brings in the idea of change and transformation. Elevate connects the aerospace and aviation industry while advancing the concept of raising everything to a higher, more unique position.
“We are beyond excited to serve as the host city where our diverse community is known for cultivating so much culture and pride. You see it the moment you arrive at SAT, and you can feel it at Stinson Municipal Airport (the second-oldest general aviation airport in continuous operation in the U.S.) too,” said Jesus H. Saenz, Director of Airports, San Antonio Airport System. “The conference theme fits our airports’ goals to a tee: Cultivate. Innovate. Elevate. Those actions are incorporated into our mission and vision as we are expanding SAT by adding a third terminal as part of the Terminal Development Program. The timing of this particular conference couldn’t be better as we want to attract a diverse group of firms to achieve success.”
- Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)/Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Liaison Officer & Program Administrators Training (Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11)
- AMAC Foundation Bill Walker Memorial Golf Tournament (Sunday, June 11)
- Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision Forum (Monday, June 12)
- Business Matchmaking (Monday, June 12)
- Welcome to San Antonio Reception (Monday, June 12)
- Experience Hall (Exhibit Gateway) (Monday, June 12–Wednesday, June 14)
- AMAC Foundation Celebrating Women in Aviation Breakfast (Tuesday, June 13)
- AMAC Legislative & Policy Updates (Tuesday, June 13)
- AMAC Catalyst & AMAC Foundation Scholarship Awards Luncheon (Tuesday, June 13)
- 2024 AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference Nashville Preview Reception (Tuesday, June 13)
The conference also features workshop tracks on concessions, as well as architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), professional development and Federal Aviation Administration topics. The tracks support women, DBEs/ACDBEs and AEC firms in gaining coveted industry insights and receiving actionable resources for business improvement.
“We are elated to welcome returning and new participants to our highly anticipated annual conference! We thank the SAT team for inviting AMAC members and stakeholders to its thriving city and airport system. As we explore this Southwest economic hub together, I hope this event fosters a meaningful, cross-sector dialogue that will shed light on—and prompt, actionable solutions to—the challenges women and minorities face in the aviation and aerospace industries,” said Eboni Wimbush, AMAC President & CEO.
Conference participants include women and minority-owned businesses, Fortune 500 companies—industry leaders in aviation, hospitality, travel and logistics, energy, retail, transportation, telecommunications, finance and banking—as well as federal, state and local government agencies.
About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and strategic partners as resources for information, education and guidance on business and employment matters. AMAC represents a diverse membership of airports, corporations, minorities, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises, and professionals within the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, visit amac-org.com.
City of San Antonio – Vibrant & Thriving
San Antonio is a vibrant city with a thriving economy, deep cultural heritage and communities that are compassionate, inclusive and proudly diverse. It is the seventh largest city in the United States and one of the strongest fiscally managed cities in the country, nurturing entrepreneurship, encouraging investment and funding infrastructure. The city fosters partnership and growth opportunities in aerospace, bioscience, cybersecurity, green technologies, healthcare, and information technology. San Antonio’s famed Riverwalk and Alamo are the top tourist attractions in Texas, and its historic missions are a designated World Heritage Site – the first and only in Texas. Proudly called Military City, USA®, San Antonio is home to one of the largest populations of active-duty military and veterans, as well as mission-critical commands, including military medicine, cybersecurity, pilot training and basic training. For more information, visit SanAntonio.gov and follow @COSAGov on social.