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Educating and Empowering: How the Arizona Foundation for Women Advocates for Others

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Former U.S. Sen. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly spoke at an AFW luncheon in October. As the CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women and the first female mayor of Flagstaff, Arizona, I stand on the shoulders of the women who came before me, and I believe in reaching back to help the next woman up the ladder. AFW has a long history of advocating effectively on behalf... read more

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Make-A-Wish Presents Levi’s Story

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Emma had never been on a plane or seen the ocean; that’s not uncommon for a 10-year-old. What is rare is for a 10-year-old to empathize with someone the way Emma does with Make-A-Wish® kid, Levi. As Levi’s mom says, “When Emma said hello to Levi for the first time, she opened two hearts at once.” Little did Emma know what being a good friend to Levi would bring her. ... read more

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MCI Supports Camp Fire Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

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Earlier this month, SWA volunteers set up at MCI Airport to support Camp Fire’s Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®, which honors our nation’s youth by asking adults to write letters of encouragement and inspiration to the incredible kids in their lives. The following is a blog post from the President & CEO of Camp Fire, Cathy Tisdale, that talks about how YOU can get... read more

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Celebrating 20 years of Low Fares Online

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Today, March 16, is Southwest.com’s 20th birthday! Explore the history of our website and enjoy these 20 fun facts to celebrate 20 years of low fares online: The first version of Southwest.com was created by nine dedicated Employees over a span of nine months. When the first version launched, Southwest Airlines became one of the first airlines to have a website.... read more

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Flashback Fridays: A Plane Tail of Two Cities

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In addition to opening Chicago Midway on St. Patrick’s Day of 1985, another key Station about 300 miles to the south joined the Southwest system the same morning – St. Louis Lambert International Airport. At gate 80 in the east terminal building, Herb was joined by several St. Louis area leaders for a ribbon cutting ceremony at our single gate in the new terminal.  And... read more

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Going Green: Be Green on the Greenest Day of the Year

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up Tuesday, March 17, so we are here to help you plan for your big green day celebration! 1)      Eat Green: Make your own green homemade dye instead of using artificial food coloring.  Many artificial dyes come from petroleum, so make your own using spinach powder, wheat grass juice, spinach juice, parsley juice, or parsley powder. ... read more

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Flashback Friday: 30 Years with Ronald McDonald House Charities

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This Valentine’s Day marks the 30th anniversary of our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  It’s a relationship that has existed for 30 years in its official capacity, but a cause near and dear to the hearts of many Stations, Departments, and Employees. In fact, before it became our primary charity in 1985, Employees were cooking monthly dinners at the... read more

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When the Path to Freedom Leads Home

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While each Southwest Employee plays a different role, we all have the opportunity to connect People to what’s important in their lives.  I recently took this responsibility to heart and bridged one of Southwest’s Community Partners in Buffalo to an important landmark in our nation’s history—a place that also means something to me because this landmark is located in my... read more

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Herb Collects More Hardware: Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award

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What do John Travolta, Harrison Ford, and Angelina Jolie have in common with our beloved Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Herb Kelleher? They share a dedication to aviation! On Friday, January 16, Herb accepted the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the 12th-annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Hosted by John Travolta, the awards... read more

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Southwest’s Atlanta Employees Have Open Hearts for Open Hands

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I’m so proud that for the past three years, Southwest Airlines and AirTran Employees in Atlanta have given their time and hearts to Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered meals and nutrition education to those who are chronically ill or unable to prepare meals for themselves. More than 5,000 meals are delivered each day in Atlanta and... read more

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