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TonyaRG Employee Rank
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A couple of years ago, I discovered a painting on Etsy that I knew I had to buy. Although the artwork was aesthetically pleasing, that’s not what drew me to it. Instead, what caught my attention were the words written on it: “She was fearlessly authentic.”

 

Join us in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a special read about neurodivergence and innovation from Southwest Airlines University (SWA U) Curriculum Developer Tonya Ratliff-Garrison.

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The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, Kidd’s Kids, and Southwest Airlines are teaming up to host a telethon TODAY, Tuesday, October 9 from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT to help fund the Kidd’s Kids Walt Disney World Trip. Read more to learn how you can donate and support the trip of a lifetime for these special children.

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A few weeks ago, our family was thrilled to be part of Southwest Airlines visit to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. We joined a group of Adopt-A-Pilot Ambassadors from across the country as they visited and toured the hospital that is changing the way childhood cancers are researched and treated.

 

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“In two weeks, on October 17, my 60th birthday, I will turn in my Employee ID badge and retire. I will always be Southwest Airlines, and Southwest Airlines will always be a big part of me and my Heart … I’ll just have a lot of great memories and a Retiree card.”

 

Read on for Bill Owen’s final post here on The Southwest Airlines Community!

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A letter from Herb Kelleher more than 20 years ago began my involvement with the Southwest LUV Classic & Party. The passion for the event, which benefits children’s charities, grew for my colleagues and me over the years—we went from simply golfing in the tournament to becoming sponsors so that we could invest directly! Two years ago, our connection to the Southwest LUV Classic & Party and one of this year’s recipients, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), grew even stronger.

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Twelve flights in 13 weeks sounds like a completely reasonable amount of trips to many of our most frequent-flying Customers and Crew, but as a first-time expecting mom I found myself losing the internal willpower battle to make it through my packed few weeks on the move—all while fighting the symptoms that often come with the first signs of pregnancy. [Insert green, nausea face emoji!].

 

Fortunately, I have a great network of Coworkers at Southwest that happen to also be moms, so I began reaching out to them in confidence begging for them to bestow their wisdom on me. Read more to see what I learned.

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My husband, two sons, and I have been loyal Southwest fans for many years. Southwest's many advantages have benefitted our family in countless ways—but my personal favorite benefit is the Companion Pass. Read more to learn how our Southwest story shaped the college experience for my family and helped us travel the country together.

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One of the things I enjoy about my career at Southwest Airlines is endless opportunities for learning and growth. I am proud to be a participant in one of these transformative opportunities, the Manager in Training Program (MIT), a dynamic learning experience for top-performing Managers, Supervisors, and Team Leaders. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the program, but the Servant’s Heart project is something I’m especially proud to have been a part of.

 

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My friend Laura and I went to Napa Valley for a girls trip and one last hurrah before her July  wedding to her boyfriend of nine years—a true fairytale romance!

 

Since Laura and I needed to be at the rehearsal as the bride-to-be and bridesmaid, our plan was to return the following day, which was the night before the wedding. We would land and go immediately from the airport to her rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. However, while in California, we monitored the weather and noticed that there were storms rolling in, and worried that if we didn’t come home early, we might not make the rehearsal or even the wedding. 

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It’s no secret Southwest Airlines is dedicated to the People and communities we serve. We love to give back and one of the many ways we do this is through our Medical Transportation Grant Program. Since the program’s inception in 2007, we have donated more than 69,000 tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations for use by patients and caregivers in need of travel assistance.

 

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On the first day of Intern Orientation, I sat next to a fellow Intern with my same last name. After discovering our shared surname, I joked with him that while I already have a twin sister, he could be our triplet. “Actually,” he responded, “I am a triplet.”

 

With it being National Twin Day today, it seems fitting to acknowledge this unique trend among our Intern class. Below is a quick look at some of the summer 2018 Interns with their multiples. While our siblings aren’t interning with us, all of the Interns have become a Family.

 

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Embracing our Servant’s Heart and giving back to our communities is one of the many ways Southwest Airlines Employees Live the Southwest Way. As a Flight Attendant for Southwest for the past 21 years, I’ve always been passionate about volunteering and I’m thankful to be part of a Company that supports this passion. Recently, I participated in a community opportunity that surpassed my wildest dreams with the help of nearly 30 Southwest Employees and numerous community partners!

 

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While sitting on a recent Southwest Airlines flight, I got to talking with a kind man next to me—we talked about what we did for a living and I mentioned how passionate I am about teaching. He then asked me what the greatest challenge was that I’ve ever faced in my career. I was honest, and told him that working at a low income school can be heartbreaking—then, something amazing happened.

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Our Purpose at Southwest Airlines is to connect People to what's important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. We’re thrilled to share some of the recent family travel success stories that our Customers shared with us!

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At Southwest Airlines, we love to inspire future generations to succeed, and one of the many ways we do that is through our Adopt-A-Pilot program. Since 1997, our Pilots have dedicated their own time to help students define, articulate, and plan for future success; all while enjoying fun-filled lessons! But for these father-son duos, this program has become more than fun—it’s become a family legacy.  

 

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It’s taken me nearly eight years to write this story waiting for the happy ending and now it’s finally time for me to share my Rapid Rewards love story.

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MHS.jpgSouthwest’s Campus Reach Team identifies and engages future Southwest Employees at an early age to hopefully inspire an interest in a career in aviation. Recently, we had the opportunity to host a special group of students at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston after Houston ABC Channel 13’s Foti Kallergis reached out to us.

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My daughter’s high school robotics team competed at the World Championship in Houston recently, and they specifically chose to leave competition early so they would be home in time to celebrate their Senior Prom. All was going according to plan and spirits were high until they learned that their flight had a five hour delay which would put them home mere minutes before prom was to begin. Would senior prom be ruined? Not a chance with Southwest!

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Our Vision at Southwest Airlines is to be the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline. We strive to deliver Outstanding Hospitality to our Customers day in and day out as we serve over 100 destinations across the U.S. and 10 additional countries. Our Employees are the Heart of our Company and interact daily with our Customers. Read more to hear some of the recent travel stories that our Customers shared with us!

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Mother’s Day is always special, but here at Southwest Airlines it tends to be an extra special day as many of our Employees have followed their mom’s footsteps and now work alongside them as members of the Southwest Family. Here are a few of their stories.

 

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I stowed my luggage and when I went to look for a seat, just to my right, there was a woman with long, dark hair with an open seat next to her. I don't remember anything about whoever was in the window seat. It was at that moment—I realized in retrospect—that my mind centered on what would end up being my most successful pick-up line ever.

 

"Uhh ... is that seat taken?"

 

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image1.jpegEmployees are the Heart of our business at Southwest. They help us connect People to what’s important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. We know from our 2017 fall campaign that behind every seat is a story, but there’s also a story behind every Employee across the system. SMF Ops Agent Jay Thomas and DEN First Officer Mike McGee are no exceptions.

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Our Vision at Southwest Airlines is to be the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline. We strive to deliver Outstanding Hospitality to our Customers day in and day out as we serve over 100 destinations across the U.S. and 10 additional countries. Our Employees are the Heart of our Company and interact daily with our Customers. Read more to hear some of the recent travel stories that our Customers shared with us!

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During a memorable Southwest inflight “wedding,” a bouquet was made out of napkins and coffee packets, the usual veil was crafted lovingly out of peanut packages and coffee stirrers, and of course, videos and pictures were taken to commemorate the special occasion.

 

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Southwest Airlines and The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) have partnered together the last 14 years for the annual "¡Lánzate! / Take Off!" Program. The program provides an opportunity for college students to travel home to see family.

  

For one of last year’s recipients, Emily Rojas, the award meant the world to her.

 

When I moved from California to attend college across the country in Washington D.C., I always assumed I was going to travel back home for the holidays. However, when my family and I realized how much it would financially cost us for me to go back home, we knew it wasn’t something we could afford. After two years away at school, I was finally able to make the trip back home for Thanksgiving thanks to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Southwest Airlines.

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It’s not a secret that here at Southwest Airlines, we are a Company that has always shown love, support, and admiration for our Military. When we discovered Olivia was seeking assistance with arranging roundtrip airfare for her father, a Vietnam Veteran, to travel to Florida to meet his grandchildren and great grandson—all of whom her father had never met before, we sprung into action. 

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Three years ago, we met on a Southwest flight and this July is our wedding. Thanks, Southwest Airlines for helping me connect with my fiancé after spending time together in the airport, sitting next to each other on the flight, and working on a crossword puzzle together.

 

 

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Capture2.JPGHonoring History, Continuing the Legacy. Southwest Airlines has proudly partnered with the Tuskegee Airmen on the Continuing the Legacy program for more than 10 years.

 

 

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On Saturday, Southwest flew its third humanitarian animal rescue flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Baltimore/Washington to help relocate animals off the island after many were impacted by Hurricane Maria. It all started with a call to Southwest from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, an animal rescue organization based in the D.C. area and their partner in Puerto Rico, PR Animals. Seeing our Employees come together and donate their time to make an effort such as this happen, make me so proud to work for Southwest Airlines! 

 

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When my Grandma fell terminally ill at 92, I went to Dallas to be with her in her final days and to support my Mom. Thanks to a chance encounter at the airport and Southwest's open seating policy; I was able to reconnect with someone from my past after one of the most emotional weeks of my life. To this day, I swear my Grandma Bette sent Rick to be with me that day not wanting me to be alone and not wanting me to stop believing in love.

 

 

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