National Diversity Council and Southwest Airlines Join Forces to Improve Workplace Diversity

Dec 4, 2018 4:00 PM ET
Press Release

HOUSTON, December 4, 2018 /3BL Media/- The National Diversity Council and Southwest Airlines are proud to close out the 2018 year by announcing their new partnership. Southwest has been named National Diversity Council’s official airline, enabling the company’s consultants and certified diversity professionals to travel the world demonstrating the importance of inclusive work environments.

“This partnership with Southwest has come just in time to end our 10-year anniversary with a bang,” said Angeles Valenciano, Chief Executive Officer of National Diversity Council. “It will ensure our continued mission of transforming workplaces and communities into inclusive environments where individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential.”

This partnership has been established at the perfect time as both companies have gone global in the past few years. National Diversity Council has expanded events and services to Europe and Mexico and Southwest Airlines now offers flights to Latin America and the Caribbean. Working together to move beyond domestic lines creates an opportunity to serve more diverse groups and create a culture of global unity.

“It is such an honor to align with such an impactful organization,” said Ellen Torbert, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at Southwest Airlines. “Southwest Airlines has always had a Culture of Inclusion and our partnership with National Diversity Council allows us to further enrich our appreciation of diversity.”

To kick off this partnership, Southwest Airlines will be featuring National Diversity Council’s Founder & Chair, Dennis Kennedy, in the December edition of their magazine. This article highlighting Kennedy’s journey to creating an international diversity advocacy organization is now available to all Southwest Airlines passengers and can be found online at

“We are very excited to name Southwest as our official airline,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “Together, we will create an international platform to promote diversity and inclusion in workplaces and communities across the world.”

About National Diversity Council

A non-profit organization celebrating 10 years of commitment to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

More information about the National Diversity Council is available at

About Southwest Airlines

In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 55,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 115 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation's largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. During peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 100 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to sell tickets in 2018 for service to Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.

Book Southwest Airlines' low fares online at or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

Media Contact:

Jasmine Mack
Communication Specialist
National Diversity Council