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Win $1000 + a potential summer 2022 internship with Southwest Airlines

Would you like to get expert insight into building a meaningful company culture and collaborative problem-solving while helping one of the world's top airlines address a big opportunity?

Join us Monday, October 18th @6pm ET / 5pm CT for "Preserving Company Culture."

Raquel Daniels, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Southwest Airlines, will walk us through building and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive company culture.

Receive $10 cash for attending and completing the feedback for today's info session.

After the info session, you will have the opportunity to apply for the Southwest Airlines x HBCU First Student Challenge.

As a challenge participant, you will get a shot at:
• Cash prize of $1,000
• Interview for a Summer 2022 paid internship that comes with flight benefits!



About Southwest Airlines
In its 51st year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 54,000 Employees to a Customer base that topped 130 million Passengers in 2019.
Southwest has a robust network of point-to-point service with a strong presence across top leisure and business markets.

In peak travel seasons during 2019, Southwest operated more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 101 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Learn more


About Raquel Daniels
Raquel Daniels serves as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet.
In her role, Daniels provides strategic direction through leadership and works with her Team to champion the development of an inclusive environment by integrating diversity practice into all aspects of the business.

Raquel is a certified DEI practitioner with more than 20 years of experience.

A Texas native, Raquel graduated from University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and public relations and a Master of Arts in strategic communication. Raquel and her husband Leo are proud parents to their son, Ian.

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