Kimberly Perkins is among the 2% of pilots in the United States – a female captain. She’s a Captain on a Gulfstream 650 based in Seattle, WA and has piloted jets on six continents. After living in Nigeria for two years, she started a non-profit called Aviation for Humanity. They use the traveling public to bring school supplies to children in underfunded schools, shelters and orphanages around the world. Hear more about Kimberly’s nonprofit as well as her thoughts on gender parity and equity initiatives in aviation. Listen HERE
Michelle King, Director of Inclusion at Netflix, interviews Kimberly Perkins on the invisible barriers that are keeping women from the flight deck. Listen HERE.
From The Fix Podcast: "In the United States, women make up 47% of the total workforce. But professional female pilots constitute five percent of the piloting workforce, a statistic that has remained unmoved in four decades. Compared to other STEM fields and “traditionally” male-dominated industries, aviation has one of the lowest percentages of women.
There are mentors, scholarships, conferences, magazines and organizations that all have a goal to increase the abysmal five percent statistic. When experts are questioned on this topic, often the same old explanation is given: “It’s a pipeline problem.”
On today's episode, Kimberly Perkins, an International Captain and Safety Officer on Gulfstream 650 aircraft based in Seattle, Washington and humanitarian activist through Aviation for Humanity will reveal what the systemic barriers are to women’s advancement in aviation and why the industry has to change."
Kimberly Perkins is an international Captain flying a Gulfstream 650. She is amongst only 2% of all pilots in the United States – a female Captain. Through her published works and public speaking, she is an outspoken leader on diversity and inclusivity, cognitive science and aviation safety. Her lived experiences and research has fueled her passion as a staunch advocate for implementing cognitive science research into aviation safety systems.