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A Brave New Podcast

Dec 15, 2021

Kim “KC” Campbell is a retired Air Force Colonel who served in the Air Force for 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 in Baghdad.

Kim is a distinguished graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. As a Marshall Scholar, she earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of London and a Master of Arts in International Security Studies from the University of Reading in England. Kim’s Air Force assignments include leadership roles as a Group Commander, responsible for over 1,000 Air Force personnel in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Kim also served as the Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, advising the number three civilian official in the Department of Defense on national security and defense policy issues. She also served as the Air Force Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a pre-eminent think tank promoting international leadership and engagement. During her time as a fellow, Kim participated in strategy sessions with ministers of defense, military leaders, and CEOs. Most recently, Kim served as the Director, Center for Character and Leadership Development at the Air Force Academy, responsible for the professional development of faculty and staff and reinforcing character and leadership programs within the 4,000-member Cadet Wing. Connect and learn more at

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How having a fighter pilot mindset can help you succeed and improve when things are going wrong
  • What strategies you can use to normalize and deal with your fears 
  • How to stop putting pressure on yourself as a woman in leadership
  • Why a 50/50 balance between work and life doesn’t work 
  • How your anxiety and stress can help you make brave decisions and lead with courage
  • How Kim’s airplane being hit in Baghdad prepared her to make difficult decisions in life
  • Why being the only woman in the workplace helps you build credibility
  • How to generate ideas with a culture of trust and connection with your colleagues


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