Women in aviation leadership: Soaring through the glass ceiling

Women in aviation leadership: Soaring through the glass ceiling

Women have made great strides in many professional fields and industries but there remains a gap at the leadership level. As an example, fewer than one quarter of the American aerospace workforce are women, with an even smaller percentage in leadership roles.

Five stakeholder organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry will launch a global study – “Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling” – to identify and promote means by which the aviation and aerospace industry can more effectively recruit and advance women into leadership roles. The study is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2019.

More can and should be done to enable the advancement of women into important leadership roles in the global aviation and aerospace sector. The aim of this joint study is to identify the root causes of any barriers to advancement that may have hindered progress to date. More importantly, the study will highlight those practices and policies which have been successful in promoting gender diversity in leadership. In so doing, the study will surface and document best practices for all stakeholders to consider, whether at the overall industry level or at the level of specific industry participants or educational institutions.

Specifically, the multi-faceted effort will include:

• A global survey of women, human resources leaders, organization leaders, and education leaders;

• Interviews around the globe with women, human resources leaders, organization leaders, and education leaders;

• Case studies on success stories within the industry; and

• Review of prior studies and literature on the advancement of women, both within and outside the industry.

These four streams of activity will be undertaken in parallel and the study’s findings will be shared broadly through each organization’s events, websites, and publications.

The five stakeholder organizations who have joined forces for this important project represent the key sectors within the industry and bring complementary knowledge of the issues and opportunities for women in the industry globally:

• Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
• Airports Council International (ACI) World)
• International Air Transport Association (IATA)
• International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA)
• Korn Ferry – Civil Aviation Practice (NYSE:KFY)

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