GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series: Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines

  • November 20, 2020
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join the Greater Baltimore Committee for a conversation with Gary C. Kelly, Southwest AirlinesGary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Airlines, on the state of the airline and travel industries amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the effects on the regional economy.

The airline has been a major contributor and partner to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) for more than 25 years.

Under Kelly’s leadership, Southwest has grown to become the nation’s largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine’s list of the most admired companies in the world, ranking 11th in 2020.

Kelly is a 35-year Southwest veteran who began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. Kelly assumed the roles of Chairman and President in 2008. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Kelly was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center, Inc.

A lifelong Texan, Kelly received a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Event details:

When: Friday, November 20, 2020, 9 a.m. (Registration closes at noon, November 19)

Where: Virtual Webinar via Zoom

*A personal, one-time link to join the webinar will be sent out via email to all registrants the evening prior to the event.

(If you do not receive your link by 4 p.m., November 19, please contact Tara Harris at or Karen Parrish at

Cost: GBC members: $25, Non-members: $40

A 72-hour cancellation notice is required for refund. Contact Tara Harris at or Karen Parrish at

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Please submit your questions for the speaker in advance using the event registration form.