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Kim “KC” Campbell: Lessons from a Fighter Pilot

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In this episode retired Air Force colonel and fighter pilot Kim “KC” Campbell discusses military career, her transition into civilian life, and her experiences as a female leader. Kim shares the inspiration behind her decision to serve, her experiences at the Air Force Academy, and her role as the director for the Center for Character and Leadership Development. Listen in as Jennifer and Kim also discuss the importance of continuous improvement, setting ego aside, and being vulnerable as a leader. Kim also talks about her book, "Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot's Lessons on Leading with Courage," and the challenges she faced while writing it.


Kim “KC” Campbell is a retired Colonel who served in the Air Force for over 24 years as a fighter pilot and senior military leader. She has flown 1,800 hours in the A-10 Warthog, including more than 100 combat missions protecting troops on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2003, Kim was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism after successfully recovering her battle-damaged airplane after an intense close air support mission. Today, Kim is a sought-after keynote speaker, sharing her inspirational story with business and corporate audiences about a life changing combat experience while weaving in lessons about leadership, vulnerability, and courage. Kim is also the best-selling author of the book, Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot's Lessons on Leading with Courage.


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Pick up a copy of Kim's book, Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot's Lessons on Leading with Courage





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