Farha Flentje, Gloria
- Chair of the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance
- Senior Vice President of Spirit AeroSystems
- Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award Winner
- Appointed by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve on the Kansas Citizens’ Justice Initiative
Gloria Farha Flentje earned her BA in Mathematics and International Relations from the University of Kansas in 1965 and went on to earn her Law Degree from Southern Illinois University, graduating Cum Laude in 1976. Flentje is widely recognized as one of the most effective women leaders in the aerospace industry. After serving over 20 years as a partner in one of Kansas’s premier law firms, she moved to Boeing as chief counsel and is now Senior Vice President of Spirit AeroSystems, a large international firm with over 13,000 employees and facilities all over the world. Flentje oversees the work of over 100 employees and has established facilities in the United States and Europe. Her legal work is well respected in the aerospace industry and in countries all over the world. Flentje is a superstar in this global industry that is complicated and complex with legal requirements needing to meet the regulations of countless countries.
Flentje has been very active in the wider legal community. She was the first woman President of the Wichita Bar Association. She is a Fellow of the American College of Employment and Labor Lawyers, a distinguished group of leading employment and labor lawyers in the nation. The Kansas Supreme Court appointed her to chair the Kansas Client Security Fund Commission and to serve on the Kansas Citizens’ Justice Initiative. She has been a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance since its inception and currently chairs the Commission.
Not only does Flentje work tirelessly in countries across the globe, she has also made countless contributions to her home community of Wichita and to the state of Kansas. She has been widely honored for her civic work and philanthropic efforts. Flentje has been recognized with the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, the Howard C. Kline Distinguished Service Award, the Louise Mattox Award, and the Presidents Award. Both the Girl Scouts of America and the YWCA have awarded her their highest honors. At KU, she has served for years as a leader with the KU Endowment Association and in the KU Chancellor’s Club Advisory Board.