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Fri, 14 Sept 2018

Five Aviation Stakeholders Launch Global Study on Women in Leadership

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.

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.

Sarah Aoun, Director Capital Markets Financing - Airbus. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com at Farnborough Int. Airshow 2018. Click to enlarge.

 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.

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

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