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.
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
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
* 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
* 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
* Korn Ferry – Civil Aviation Practice