In her role as founder and CEO of Sisterpreneur, Inc., an international organization dedicated to empowering women in the business world, Linda Clemons draws on 30 years of experience as a body-language and sales expert, writer, media personality, and personal coach. Given her diverse talents, it’s easy to see why she’s among the most respected public speakers and networking professionals in the industry today.
Bringing her message to women entrepreneurs requires frequent travel from her home base in Indianapolis. Linda relies on Southwest Airlines to help her deliver that message all over the United States and beyond, averaging 20-plus days of flying each month. “With Southwest, you just feel like you’re at home,” Linda says. “They have the gift and ability of making people feel comfortable,” she adds, especially the “lean but mighty” Team of Southwest Employees in Indianapolis who know her by name.
Linda really appreciates the extra perks on Southwest not found elsewhere, like the no change fee policy, which provides the flexibility that her schedule requires. As a Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program Companion Pass holder, Linda also enjoys the freedom to bring along her brother David for free whenever she travels. Even if clients offer to fly her on another carrier when Southwest doesn’t offer nonstop service to their location, Linda politely opts for a connecting itinerary on Southwest because the airline with Heart “treats everyone like first class.”
One of the keys to Linda’s success has been understanding that differentiating yourself in a competitive business environment often boils down to how you treat other people—a philosophy she shares with Southwest. “The art is in caring enough to see beyond the surface,” she says.
We love having you as a loyal Customer and friend, Linda. Thank you for giving Southwest the continued opportunity to connect you and your loved ones to what’s important in your lives.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired countless hearts and minds with his moving “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Today, Southwest Airlines works hard to make dreams come true through our community partnerships benefitting organizations across the country. In honor of Dr. King’s legacy and the dreams we share, here are a few of the comments we’ve received from our Community Partners about how Southwest Airlines helps make their dreams come true.
“Through the support of Southwest Airlines, CHCI is able to continue its mission of developing the next generation of Latino leaders.” -Gretchen Class, Director of Development, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
“Southwest Airlines has enabled our organization to increase our giving of bags of fresh produce to senior citizens during the holidays by 50 percent.” -Diana Gregory, President and CEO, Diana Gregory Outreach Services/Gregory's Fresh Market
“Our partnership with Southwest has enabled us to introduce our highly-motivated, low-income students to schools and colleges across the country.” -Sarah Cassidy, Associate Director of Development, New Jersey SEEDS
“SWA's reputation as a leader in corporate social responsibility and the fact that it has partnered with PCI for more than a decade contributes to the strong reputation PCI has among donors, the government, and corporations.” -Uli Imhoff Heine, Director of Development, Project Concern International
“Southwest Airlines has consistently been a strong community partner supporting our efforts in advancing diversity, providing technical assistance to underserved communities, advocating on behalf of a growing Asian Pacific Islander constituency and growing our small business community.” -Ashley Kaihara, Operations and Projects Manager, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
“Southwest has made a tremendous impact in assisting us with the transportation needs of TMCF. The partnership has extended the opportunity for us to provide more students a chance at success through leadership training and workforce preparation during our annual conference.” -George Spencer, National Director of Sponsorships and Business
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
“The Young Entrepreneurs Academy and our partnership with Southwest Airlines has helped students all across the country create over 1,300 small businesses, many of which continue on today, have led to new job creation, and have restored belief in the American Dream.” -Gayle Jagel, Founder and CEO, The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Inc.
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