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Soaring Through the Glass Ceiling: Five Aviation/Aerospace Stakeholders Launch Global Study on Women in Leadership

September 13, 2018 – 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.  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

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:

Notes for Editors:

For more information, to request addition to the distribution list for the study, or to share your views on this important topic, please contact any of the following: Aerospace Industries Association (AIA); As the voice of American aerospace and defense, the Aerospace Industries Association represents manufacturers and suppliers across every high-technology manufacturing sector, providing strong advocacy essential to ensuring the current and future success of our nation and our industry;

Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2018, ACI serves 641 members operating 1953 airports in 176 countries.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 290 airlines or 82% of total air traffic.  IATA supports many areas of aviation activity and helps formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA)  is a global organization for women who hold positions of impact in the aviation and aerospace industry, promoting their advancement in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. Korn Ferry helps clients synchronize strategy and talent to drive superior performance. The firm works with organizations to design their structures, roles, and responsibilities and helps them hire the right people to bring their strategy to life.  And, Korn Ferry advises them on how to reward, develop, and motivate their people.
. IAWA is a non-profit association providing a worldwide network dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in the aviation and aerospace industries at all levels across the globe. IAWA sponsors informative meetings, hosts receptions and connects, publishes newsletters, and keeps its members updated on the latest industry developments.