Episode 28 – Retd. Col. Kim ‘KC’ Campbell

Inspiring Women Leaders

Episode 28 – Retd. Col. Kim ‘KC’ Campbell

June 7, 2023

Episode 28 – Retd. Col. Kim ‘KC’ Campbell

Kim ‘KC’ Campbell is a keynote speaker, leadership expert, bestselling author, former fighter pilot, retired USAF Colonel, and wife and mom to two boys.

Kim knew, starting all the way back in middle school when a teacher told her “It’s good enough for a girl”, that she didn’t want to be just “good enough” at anything. At the time, the career path she planned to take (a fighter pilot) had limits for women and she knew it’d be a tough road to get there – but thankfully she had that fire lit under her that guided her exactly where she was meant to be, a powerhouse woman in a male dominated industry who earned herself the nickname “Killer Chick.”

Now Kim Campbell is a retired US Air Force 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 in Baghdad.

As a senior military leader, Kim has led hundreds of Airmen and women, both at home and abroad in deployed locations, and enabled them to succeed in their missions. She has experience leading complex organizations and driving cultural change. Kim knows what it takes to be a successful leader, to inspire and empower high performance teams to achieve success. Kim is passionate about leadership and feels strongly that leaders earn trust by leading with courage and connecting with their team.

Additionally, Kim is a recently-published author, whose book, ‘Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons on Leading with Courage’ has had rave reviews including this one by Dan Clark, Hall of Fame speaker and author of ‘The Art of Significance’, who wrote “This is a must-read motivational masterpiece and behavioural bible for every entrepreneur, business owner, corporate executive, sports team coach, military leader and civic influencer in the world.”

In this episode, Kim and I chat about:

  • Her leadership roles 
  • Her leadership style 
  • Her leadership journey 
  • The leaders that helped her rise 
  • The challenges she faced on her journey 
  • How she navigated those challenges 
  • How she thinks you can become a strong and kind leader 
  • Her ‘take home’ leadership messages for the listeners, and 
  • What she is currently excited to be working on.

Kim’s website is and her LinkedIn profile URL is – she can be contacted directly via either of these platforms.

Please reach out to Dr Harrison for individual coaching and/or organisational training via [email protected].

His web address and social media profile links / handles include:

He has co-written a new online course entitled ‘How to be Assertive, Maintain Boundaries, and Say “No!”‘ which can be accessed instantly here for only £55/$66:

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