Our Story

The Story of S.O.S

2016

2024

 

2016

2024

The story of Sisters of the Skies (SOS) began in March of 2016 when Nia Gilliam and Angel Jean-Charles had a conversation about the number of professional black female pilots. At the time, they realized the numbers were very few with little to no growth over the decades. With such little representation and resources, these ladies made it a quest to connect black female pilots to provide a platform for support and encouragement in the aviation industry.

In August of 2016, more than 20 black female pilots from various aviation sectors met near Chicago, Illinois for the first unofficial Sisters of the Skies gathering. The inspiration from meeting and seeing each other ignited a spark to formally create a space to connect, build, and grow our sisterhood.

Sisters of the Skies officially became a nonprofit corporation on November 8, 2017 and shortly after received 501c3 status. This was a huge step made possible with the guidance of Attorney Anne Sulton, the first licensed black female pilot in the state of Georgia!

Since then, Sisters of the Skies has taken off, establishing itself as a nationally recognized organization focused on increasing the number of Black female pilots in professional flight decks in both military and commercial aviation. To date, SOS has given over 1 Million dollars in scholarships to over 50 ladies. SOS has also given discovery flights to hundreds of aspiring young ladies through our Girls Rock Wings (GRoW) outreach initiative. And our mentorship program continues to grow for pilots going through flight training. This has been made possible by the dedication of the leadership, countless volunteers, advisors, partners, and supporters of the organization.

Nia Gilliam-Wordlaw

Nia Gilliam-Wordlaw

Angel Hughes

Angel Hughes

Theresa Claiborne

Theresa Claiborne

Stephanie Grant

Stephanie Grant

Diana Lugemwa

Diana Lugemwa

Tara Wright

Tara Wright

Stephanie Hartsfield

Stephanie Hartsfield