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Upcoming events

    • September 14, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004
    • 166
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    L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner

    The International Aviation Club of Washington, DC and Aviation Week Network are pleased to announce that the prestigious L. Welch Pogue Award for lifetime achievement in aviation will be presented to Fred Smith, founder and executive chairman of FedEx, on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at the Willard InterContinental (1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004).

    The first L. Welch Pogue Award was presented in 1994 to its namesake, the former chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board and a U.S. delegate to the Chicago Convention, which created the legal blueprint for post-World War II expansion of commercial aviation.

    Schedule of Events

    6:00 p.m. -- Reception

    6:45 p.m. -- Call to Dinner

    7:00 p.m. -- Dinner and Presentations

    *** NOTE: Table sponsorship opportunities are available. Should you have any questions, please contact the IAC directly at info@iacwashington.org. ***


    Frederick W. Smith, Founder and Executive Chairman, FedEx

    Born in 1944 in Marks, Mississippi, Frederick W. Smith, Yale College 1966, is the founder of FedEx Corporation and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. The original analyses about the logistic needs of a highly automated future society were done during his tenure as an undergraduate.

    After four years of service in the Marines, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, he launched the original air-ground Federal Express network, which began operations in 1973 to serve the rapidly growing high-tech, high-value-added sectors of the economy Smith had predicted. The company has since grown into a global enterprise that serves more than 220 countries and territories.

    As Executive Chairman, Smith focuses on Board governance, as well as issues of global importance, including sustainability, innovation, and public policy. FedEx operations include 697 aircraft, more than 210,000 vehicles, and more than 5,200 operating facilities. Nearly 600,000 team members worldwide currently handle 16.5 million shipments each day.

    FedEx has been recognized by Time magazine as one of the “Time100 Most Influential Companies” and has consistently been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s industry lists, including “100 Best Companies to Work For” and “World’s Most Admired Companies.”

    Smith is a trustee for the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a member of both the Business Council and Business Roundtable. He served as chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and co-chair of the French-American Business Council. Smith has served on the boards of several large public companies — Malone and Hyde (AutoZone), First Tennessee, Holiday Inn, EW Scripps, and General Mills — and charitable organizations including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Mayo Foundation. He was formerly chairman of the Board of Governors for the International Air Transport Association and chaired the executive committee of the U.S. Air Transport Association.

    Smith has received several honorary degrees and numerous civic, academic, and business awards including the Global Leadership Award from the U.S.-India Business Council; the George C. Marshall Foundation Award; the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award; the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy; and the Circle of Honor Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. In addition, Smith is a member of the Aviation Hall of Fame and the Business Hall of Fame. He served as co-chairman of both the U.S. World War II Memorial project and the campaign for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He was cited in Forbes “100 Greatest Living Business Minds” and has been named a top CEO by both Barron’s and Chief Executive magazines.

Past events

May 19, 2022 In-Person Luncheon Featuring Carsten Spohr, CEO, Lufthansa Group
April 28, 2022 L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner Honoring Oscar Munoz
March 10, 2022 In-Person Luncheon Featuring Huntley Lawrence, COO/Director, Aviation, Port Authority NY & NJ
February 10, 2022 In-Person Luncheon Featuring Bjørn Tore Larsen, Founder & CEO, Norse Atlantic Airways
December 14, 2021 Fireside Chat: Audrey Powers, Vice President, New Shepard Mission & Flight Operations, Blue Origin
November 18, 2021 Fireside Chat: Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
October 27, 2021 Fireside Chat: Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group
August 19, 2021 Listen & Learn: Regulations in the Air
July 22, 2021 Fireside Chat: Edward Sims, President and Chief Executive Officer, WestJet Airlines
June 08, 2021 Listen & Learn: Pieter Elbers, President & Chief Executive Officer, KLM
May 12, 2021 Listen & Learn: Aviation’s Sustainability Surge
April 20, 2021 Fireside Chat: Steve Dickson, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
March 11, 2021 Listen & Learn: Nicholas Calio, Airlines for America
February 11, 2021 Listen & Learn: The Mission of the Century-Aviation’s Role in Global COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery
January 12, 2021 Listen & Learn: Mark Baker, President & CEO, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
December 09, 2020 IAC & IAWA Fireside Chat with Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, British Ambassador to the United States
November 12, 2020 Listen & Learn: Views from Capitol Hill: Congressional Aviation Policy in the Next Congress
October 06, 2020 Listen & Learn with Jeff Shane, former General Counsel, International Air Transport Association
September 17, 2020 Listen & Learn with Captain Joe DePete, President, Air Line Pilots Association
August 13, 2020 Virtual Fireside Q&A with Joanna Geraghty, President & COO of JetBlue
July 22, 2020 Listen & Learn Webinar: How are Airlines and Airports Restoring Confidence and Providing a Safe Environment for Travelers During the Pandemic?
June 16, 2020 Listen & Learn Webinar: Current, Short-Term, and Longer-Term Financial Prospects for the Airline Industry in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 12, 2020 Listen & Learn Featuring David Short, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation & International Affairs
April 29, 2020 POSTPONED: Luncheon Featuring Dr. Ellen Stofan, Director, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
March 19, 2020 POSTPONED: Luncheon Featuring Pieter Elbers, President & Chief Executive Officer, KLM
February 12, 2020 Luncheon Featuring Barry Eccleston, Past CEO & President, Airbus Americas, Inc.
January 21, 2020 SOLD OUT! Luncheon on Global Safety Management: Challenges & Opportunities
December 04, 2019 IAC Holiday Reception
November 07, 2019 Luncheon Featuring Zhihang Chi, Vice President, North America, Air China
October 16, 2019 Luncheon Featuring Robin Hayes, CEO, JetBlue
September 17, 2019 2019 L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner Honoring Marion Blakey
July 23, 2019 Luncheon Featuring Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
June 27, 2019 SOLD OUT! Luncheon Featuring Nicholas E. Calio, President and CEO, Airlines for America
May 07, 2019 May 7th Luncheon Featuring Ambassador Thomas L. Carter, Permanent Representative of the United States of America, International Civil Aviation Organization
April 24, 2019 April 24 Luncheon Featuring Joel Szabat, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation
February 13, 2019 February 13th Luncheon Featuring Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA
January 23, 2019 January 23rd Luncheon Featuring Enrique Beltranena, Chief Executive Officer, Volaris
September 12, 2018 SOLD OUT: 2018 L. WELCH POGUE AWARD DINNER
September 06, 2018 September IAC Lunch Speaker: Mr. Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian.
July 19, 2018 SPECIAL EVENT
July 19, 2018 July 19th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
June 20, 2018 IMPORTANT NOTICE ON JUNE 20 LUNCHEON
May 24, 2018 May 24th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Dan Elwell, Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator
May 09, 2018 Welcome Reception for Hugo Yon and Joel Szabat
April 04, 2018 April 4th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Andrew Watterson, EVP & CRO, Southwest Airlines
March 02, 2018 March 2nd Luncheon Featuring Mr. Derek Kan, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy
December 04, 2017 2017 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
September 07, 2017 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
July 10, 2017 July 10th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Henrik Hololei, EU Director-General for Transport and Mobility
June 07, 2017 June 7th Luncheon Featuring Mr. Carsten Spohr, CEO, Lufthansa Group
May 23, 2017 May 23rd Luncheon Featuring Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants
April 28, 2017 April 28th Luncheon Featuring David Melcher, AIA
March 22, 2017 International Aviation Club March 22nd Luncheon
February 08, 2017 International Aviation Club February 8th Luncheon Panel Discussion
January 11, 2017 International Aviation Club January 11th Luncheon Greg Guice
November 09, 2016 International Aviation Club November 9th Luncheon Willie Walsh
October 06, 2016 International Aviation Club October 6 Luncheon
July 13, 2016 International Aviation Club July 13 Luncheon
June 22, 2016 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
June 13, 2016 International Aviation Club June 13 Luncheon
May 18, 2016 International Aviation Club May 18 Luncheon
April 27, 2016 International Aviation Club April 27 Luncheon
March 30, 2016 International Aviation Club March 30 Luncheon
February 24, 2016 International Aviation Club February Luncheon
December 10, 2015 2015 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
November 04, 2015 International Aviation Club November Luncheon
October 09, 2015 International Aviation Club October Luncheon
September 02, 2015 International Aviation Club September Luncheon
June 25, 2015 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
May 20, 2015 International Aviation Club May Luncheon
March 26, 2015 International Aviation Club March Luncheon
January 28, 2015 International Aviation Club Luncheon
December 10, 2014 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
November 20, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
October 09, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
September 29, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
July 31, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
June 26, 2014 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
May 02, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
April 10, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
March 10, 2014 International Aviation Club Luncheon
December 19, 2013 2013 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
December 11, 2013 IAC SPECIAL EVENT - State of the Aviation Industry Speech by Chairman Bill Shuster
November 15, 2013 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
September 10, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
August 01, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
June 26, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
May 16, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
April 23, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
April 03, 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
February 13, 2013 February 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
January 31, 2013 January 2013 Member & Guest Reception
January 17, 2013 January 2013 International Aviation Club Luncheon
December 03, 2012 2012 IAC Annual Holiday Reception
November 08, 2012 November 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
October 18, 2012 October 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
September 13, 2012 September 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
July 19, 2012 IAC July Summer Reception
July 17, 2012 July 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
June 07, 2012 June 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
April 25, 2012 Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner
March 29, 2012 March 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon
February 23, 2012 February 2012 International Aviation Club Luncheon


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