Irish Aviation Authority – Embracing Difference to Drive Success

6th March 2020

Posted In: IWD2020

To mark International Women’s Day, an event was held at the Irish Aviation Authority –Embracing Difference to Drive Success – which explored themes relating to inclusivity and in particular, some of the current challenges faced by the industry in creating a more diverse and sustainable talent pipeline.

The event is part of a number of activities being undertaken as part of the ‘Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion 2020’, which is an initiative of the Aviation industry, supported by Government and in partnership with the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. It aims to grow knowledge and build awareness around inclusivity, with a specific focus on increasing the representation of women in aviation.

Speaking at the event, Sandra Healy, Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion said: “The desire for more inclusivity within the aviation industry is evident from the many organisations we are engaging with. The path to getting there is what this programme and partnership is about.

“The aviation industry is incredibly dynamic and the potential for growth is substantial but competition for good people remains a big concern. Creating a cultural shift from within is vital to attracting more female talent and the appetite from the industry to do that is clear.

“Through this initiative we are creating actions that are meaningful and tangible for organisations. We have kicked off a large body of research which will deliver the first real insight and benchmark for the industry.  Out of that we will develop an Action Plan to support organisations on their inclusion journey making the sector more appealing to a wider pipeline of talent.”

Pictured are Sandra Healy, DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, Andrea Dermody, Senior Consultant, DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion, Brendan Mulligan, Director HR, IAA, Marina Efthymiou, Assistant Professor in Aviation Management, DCU and Sinead Crampton, VP Technical, AMCK Aviation. (Photograph: © Fran Veale)

For more information about the DCU and Aviation Industry Year of Inclusion visit here>>