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Celebrating a Champion of Diversity & Inclusion


Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines’ Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, was honored Thursday with the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award.  This award, presented by the Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Bay Area (WTS), honors women and organizations that have made a significant contribution in promoting diversity and cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry, or in a project/activity that supports the WTS goals and mission. 

“Ellen is the architect of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Southwest Airlines which aims to equip the leadership to better identify the talents, skills, abilities and unique perspectives of all of the Southwest Airlines Employees,” said Megan Wessel, WTS San Francisco Awards Chair.  “For her leadership in promoting diverse talent, her vision for Southwest Airlines and for blazing the trail for others who will come after her, Ellen Torbert is a clear choice for the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award.”


“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Bay Area.  I feel privileged to work for a Company that recognizes that our unique cultures make us who we are, therefore, we value and embrace the diversity of all our Employees and Customers,” said Ellen Torbert.  “Southwest Airlines has a long history of celebrating its People, and I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of my Company.”

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In her role, Ellen provides leadership, vision, and advocacy as Southwest continues its work to foster an inclusive work environment. As part of Ellen's responsibility for Southwest's diversity and inclusion efforts, she provides coordination and leadership to the Company’s supplier diversity, diversity recruiting, and training efforts.

Congratulations, Ellen!  You make us proud!  

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