National Association of Professional Women Announces Freya Velander, Pilot, Race Car Driver and Author, a 2015 Professional Woman of the Year

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Freya Velander is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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I want to make a difference in the promotion of women as airline pilots, which is a male-dominated profession.

NAPW honors Freya Velander, pilot, race car driver and author, as a 2015 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Velander is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and over 200 Local Chapters.

Freya Velander is of Norse descent and grew up on the beaches of Southern California. A tomboy, she rode dirt bikes before she was old enough to drive cars. Racing automobiles became her next passion followed by flying planes. Ms. Velander was a contract pilot for the Navy, and a corporate captain, regional captain and international flight officer at a major flag carrier airline. She is also the acclaimed author of "Flying into the Night," a gripping novel filled with intrigue, betrayal and love.

Ms. Velander’s many impressive credentials and accomplishments include captain qualified jumbo-jet first officer for a major U.S. flag carrier, flight officer for a former U.S. flag carrier, captain for a regional carrier, captain/vice president of flight operations - corporate, contract first officer for the Navy and a registered representative for a securities investment firm. She has also been awarded the Pacific Air Race trophy, the Ascot Park Stock Car Racing trophy and named governor of her Corvette Club. Additional airline credentials include ATP/AML B-737, B-747-4; B-757; B-767; SA-227. BD, Certified ABH, ABNLP, ABNLP Coach, TLTA. NASD-RR.

As would be expected from a woman of such striking character and capabilities, Ms. Velander’s mission statement says it all: “I want to make a difference in the promotion of women as airline pilots, which is a male-dominated profession."

Awards & Accomplishments: Author; Motivational Speaker; Women in Aviation; Millionaire Mind Global Community; ALPA; Pacific Air Race Trophy, Ascot Park Stock Car Racing Trophy; Governor of My Corvette Club


NAPW's mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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