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LEFT: AWAR Board of Directors, from left:
Irena Badelska, Kathleen Murphy, Dana Barta,
Amelia Anderson, Murrae Ross-Eskell and
Joey Johnsen (not pictured: Danielle Roman).

Fixing the
Leaky Pipeline
Advancing Women in Aviation Roundtable
(AWAR) is committed to promoting the
development and advancement of women
leaders in the aviation industry.
by Alexa Schlosser

I

n late 2014, Amelia Anderson
of American Airlines and Dana
Barta of Morgan Stanley were
having dinner in Fort Worth,
Texas, and the topic of the
Dublin conference week came
up. While a fair number of
women typically attended the January
conferences, not many of them
participated in the women's networking
event - including themselves. Why?
"Frankly, we felt 'what's the point?'"
Anderson says. "We were frustrated
that after many years of 'women's
networking,' not much was changing in
terms of the sheer number of women
in top leadership positions. We knew if
we wanted to drive change, we had to
get the men involved. In particular, we
had to find a way to engage the C-suite
leadership in the industry."

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Putting Ideas to Action
By the end of that dinner, Anderson
and Barta had decided it was time to
take matters into their own hands. So,
in January 2015, they held a luncheon
in Dublin for 65 of the industry's most
influential leaders. "From the very
beginning, we had support from key
leaders across the space. Gus Kelly
of AerCap, Declan Kelly of GECAS,
Tony Diaz of CIT Aerospace and Ron
Wainshal of Aircastle attended that very
first event and have remained strong
supporters ever since. Once you have
that kind of high-level, high-visibility
participation, other people naturally
become interested, too," Barta says.
The topic of discussion at the 2015
event, Anderson says, was essentially
Gender Equity 101. "We talked about
unconscious bias, which I don't think

a lot of people were familiar with at
that time," she says. "The goals of the
luncheon were threefold: 1) to share
information about the root causes of
gender imbalance in senior leadership;
2) to have participants engage in
targeted discussion around gender
and career advancement; and 3) to
brainstorm real, actionable strategies
that people could take away and
implement in their own workplaces,"
she says. After the luncheon ended,
although Anderson and Barta felt like
it went well, they weren't sure how
people would respond.
"We were prepared for people to
just say 'OK, thanks! We've heard all
we need to hear.' But it wasn't like that
at all," Barta says. "Many of the leaders
gave us so much positive feedback and
said they hoped we keep it going. So,
AWAR was born."
From the start, Advancing Women
in Aviation Roundtable has wanted to
create opportunities for engagement
and share information to help change
the paradigm so women can see
the same type of success as their
male peers. Of course, changing the
paradigm is difficult, and the factors
that keep women from reaching the
top are myriad and complex. After all,
Anderson says, "We call it the 'leaky
pipeline' because there are many, many
factors that contribute to the problem
all along a woman's career journey. If it
were easy to solve, people would have
fixed it a long time ago."
While the challenge of gender
diversity in leadership is complex,
Anderson and Barta say one way
to attack the problem is to break it
down into three distinct focus areas,
or "buckets": 1) de-bias hiring and
promotions; 2) set managers up for
success as diversity champions; and
3) identify and develop high potential
women and other diverse candidates.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020

ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020
From the President
News & Events
Perspectives: Q&A With Nils Hallerstrom
Live from Austin
Fixing the Leaky Pipeline
ISTAT Certified Appraisers: Valuing Aircraft During Market Disruptions
Aviation History: The Avro Canada Arrow
A Tribute to Jack B. Feir
Appraisal: A330 Freighters and Boeing 777F
ISTAT Foundation: Thinking Globally
Advertiser Index
ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Intro
ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020
ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Cover2
ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - 1
ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - From the President
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - 4
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - News & Events
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Perspectives: Q&A With Nils Hallerstrom
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Live from Austin
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Fixing the Leaky Pipeline
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - ISTAT Certified Appraisers: Valuing Aircraft During Market Disruptions
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Aviation History: The Avro Canada Arrow
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - A Tribute to Jack B. Feir
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Appraisal: A330 Freighters and Boeing 777F
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - ISTAT Foundation: Thinking Globally
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ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Advertiser Index
ISTAT Jetrader - Summer 2020 - Cover3
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