I am excited to share with you that Southwest Airlines is hosting our very first Diversity Summit at our Headquarters in Dallas today. This Summit is sponsored by the Diversity Council volunteers to create an open dialogue about Diversity and Inclusion between our Council and Leaders from local Fortune 500 companies. The Diversity Council encourages our Employees to embrace Diversity and celebrate and recognize our common interests.
At Southwest Airlines, we believe Diversity is a source of opportunities. Our rich mosaic of experiences and backgrounds gives us the competitive advantage we have in the national marketplace. Southwest Airlines has an outstanding network of more than 35,000 Employees systemwide in 35 states, and we are still growing. This means more richness in the Diversity of ideas, knowledge, and actions, which has made us the only consistently profitable airline in the world!
Joining the conversation as our keynote speaker today is Dr. George C. Wright, President, Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Wright will be sharing his personal diversity journey and the impact it has had on his life. The Diversity Summit will focus on dialogue, education, and strengthening relationships to support an ever-changing workforce. The Summit also will provide participants with a workshop hosted by Pamela Teagarden, founder of the Soluna Institute. Pamela will engage participants in the conversation about raising the tide on Gender Diversity. Tegwin Pulley, former Vice President for Workforce Development, Diversity and Work-Life Strategies at Texas Instruments, will hold a panel discussion regarding, “Diversity, Employees, and the Bottom Line.”
We are proud to be hosting this great event, and as a Diversity Council Member, I have to say we are headed in the right direction. I encourage you to talk about Diversity and Inclusion with your colleagues, your family, and your friends.