Amelia Anderson is Co-founder and President of AWAR. During her 30-year career in corporate finance, Amelia saw first hand the challenges that women often face in advancing their careers. She also saw how dialogue across gender lines can help leaders recognize and overcome bias to level the playing field.
Amelia currently serves as Chair of the Dublin City University Aviation Industry D&I Advisory Committee, a multi-sector working group that kicked off in June 2019. Together with DCU’s Centre of Excellence for Diversity & Inclusion, this committee will spend a year studying the D&I challenges facing Ireland’s critical aviation industry, and developing recommendations, toolkits and thought leadership publications to address them.
Amelia also serves on the Investor Advisory Board of Portfolia, Inc., a women-focused venture investing platform based in Menlo Park, California. Portfolia seeks to reinvent the venture investing model by funding diverse founders and teams who are developing products and services that women want to see come to market, and by making these investment opportunities more accessible to women with its unique fund structure and its inclusive “learn by investing” approach.
Previously, Amelia was Managing Director, Assistant Treasurer of American Airlines, where she and her team executed over $50 billion of best-in-class transactions, including financing 500+ new aircraft. Amelia also served as co-chair of the American Airlines Women’s Leadership Program.
In 2017, Amelia was honored to be named the inaugural recipient of the Aviation Woman of the Year award by Airfinance Journal.
Amelia holds a BS degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and an MBA degree in Corporate Finance from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Amelia, her husband Robert and their two teenage daughters reside in Coppell, Texas.