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International Day of the Girl: Fulfilling Maddie’s Dream Day as an Aspiring Pilot with GenHERation


One of the many ways Southwest Airlines shows our Heart is by investing in the future generations and encouraging these up and coming leaders to soar to new heights.


Since 2017, Southwest has partnered with GenHERation to provide unique learning and mentorship opportunities for young women around the country. GenHERation connects young women in high school and college to companies that promote the development of female leadership. In celebration of the International Day of the Girl, Southwest teamed up with GenHERation to invite one young woman to experience a day in the field learning more about the aviation career of her dreams.



Maddie, a member of GenHERation since 2016, is an aspiring pilot and had the opportunity to connect with Oakland-based Southwest Captain Himani Williams. Himani has been part of the Southwest Family since 2005. She offered to show Maddie what it’s like to be a Pilot at Southwest, which included exploring Inflight Operations, training in the flight simulators, and visiting with the Tech Ops Team in the Dallas hangar.


Creating moments of empowerment and inspiration is at Heart of what we do at Southwest. By providing Maddie with the tools and skills to be successful, we know that she will take flight in no time!