Breaking the Mold: Outlier Jets Leads the Way with 60% Female Workforce

March 7, 2023
The aviation industry has long been regarded as a male-dominated industry. However, the issue of gender inequality in the workplace extends far beyond just the pilot's seat. Despite efforts to promote gender diversity and equality in the workforce, women remain underrepresented in many industries, particularly in leadership positions.

Outlier Jets, a private aviation company, is challenging these statistics with its impressive 60% female workforce. This is a remarkable feat in an industry where women have traditionally been underrepresented. Cathleen Brustuen, vice president of member experience, explains that Outlier Jets has a unique approach to hiring and fostering a diverse workforce.

"We're committed to building a team that reflects the world we live in," Brustuen said. "We believe that diversity is not just imperative, but it's also good for business. A diverse workforce brings different perspectives, experiences, and skill sets to the table, leading to better decision-making and more innovative solutions."

Outlier Jets CEO, Michael Farley, shares Brustuen's sentiment. He believes that having a diverse workforce is critical to the success of any company, and Outlier Jets is no exception.

"Our team is made up of people from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and experiences. I learned the value of a well balanced team from my mother, who was a small business owner and long-time advocate for equal representation of women and the LGBTQ community in the early 90’s and 2000’s. We believe that this diversity is one of our greatest strengths," he said.

Farley also believes that having a predominantly female workforce has positively impacted Outlier Jets' culture.

"Our company culture is one of collaboration, respect, and inclusivity," he said. "Our goal has always been to create a welcoming and supportive environment where everyone feels valued and respected."

Senior Member Experience Associate at Outlier Jets, Cathy Beebe, adds: “I have observed that our company's unique feature, with 60% women, is our unwavering commitment to implementing every new idea or suggestion. We foster an open and collaborative work culture, where everyone is treated as part of a team and are excited to assist one another wherever possible.”

Outlier Jets' success is a testament to the power of inclusion. By creating a company culture that values and fosters diversity, Outlier Jets has not only attracted top talent but has also created a work environment where everyone can thrive.

As Brustuen puts it, "At Outlier Jets, we're proud to be a company that leads the way in inclusion. We're committed to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected, and where everyone has the opportunity to grow and succeed."