BBJ: Southwest Airlines aims to double leadership racial diversity in 5 years

By Evan Hoopfer
October 19, 2020

Southwest Airlines Co. has several goals aimed at improving diversity within the company’s leadership ranks.

Gary Kelly, chairman and CEO of Southwest Airlines, laid out the goals the Dallas-based carrier is looking to achieve in the coming years in a video message to employees earlier this month.

Here are some of the goals Kelly mentioned:

  • Double the percentage of racial diversity within the Senior Management Committee by 2025. The Senior Management Committee includes job titles of managing director, vice president, senior vice president, executive vice president and the executive suite.
  • Increase gender diversity within the Senior Management Committee.
  • Post all leadership positions, from supervisor to vice president, and require a diverse candidate slate for each role.
  • Increase diverse representation on the company’s board of directors by 2025.
  • Report progress regularly to a “wide array” of stakeholders.

Southwest is one of the largest employers in Greater Baltimore with over 4,000 employees in the area in 2019. It is also the largest carrier at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

In Forbes’ third annual America’s Best Employers For Diversity list, Southwest ranked No. 74 in the nation.

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Source: Baltimore Business Journal