Hope for Change in Airline Management Gender Inequality

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Airport Minority Advisory Council
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Antonio Junior of Miami, past Southeast Region Director of the Airport Minority Advisory Council, has received the President’s Award for outstanding service to the organization. Antonio Junior was recognized as the volunteer who demonstrated a dedication to the mission of the AMAC during the previous year. The Airport Minority Advisory Council promotes diversification within the airport industry, especially women, minority, and disadvantaged business owners.

There have been very few opportunities for women to be chief executives in the airline industry. Despite the change in the top management focus from pilots and engineers to customer service professionals, there have only been three promotions to the top tier of airline management in the last five years. This made the number of CEOs and Managing Directors increase from 15 to 18, a dismal showing. The overall male chief executive representation is at 94 percent.

There is hope that the industry is changing. Newer airlines that are customer-oriented are more likely to move women into the executive suite. The more modern-thinking airlines are promoting women to the second tier of management, the director level, which can be one step away from the C-suite.

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Scholarship Opportunities from the Airport Minority Advisory Council

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Airport Minority Advisory Council
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Antonio Junior of Miami Springs, Florida, guides the financial direction of Florida Conservation, Inc., the company he founded in 2003. Earlier in his career, Antonio Junior served as the southeast regional director and national treasurer of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) in Miami.

AMAC was established to provide additional opportunities for minorities in the field of aviation. AMAC recognizes that some groups are underrepresented in the aviation industry, and the council would like to correct this by tearing down barriers that hold back women, people of color, and other minorities.

To aid aviation students and other young professionals, AMAC’s charitable foundation offers three scholarships each year. To qualify, students must express a desire to work in the field of aviation and a commitment to diversity in the industry. Students must also pursue a BA or BS in a field related to aviation, though this can include business management, architecture, and other tangentially related disciplines.