It’s no secret around Southwest Airlines that we LUV music! Really though, who doesn’t LUV music?! At Southwest, we feel it’s important to connect with our Customers through common passion points, and we love to surprise and delight our Customers with memorable experiences. We’ve even brought music to the skies with our Live at 35 concert series, where we’ve... read more
Community Affairs & Grassroots Manager
It was the 24th of February, 1995 that I began my journey with the LUV airline. Sixteen years and several departments (including Reservations, Marketing and Communications), I’m now grounded on our Community Affairs & Grassroots Team. I’m charged with building strategic relationships with nonprofit, business, and political organizations to positively impact the diverse communities Southwest serves. Yep, I know what you are thinking…..it’s a pretty cool gig! I’m also an alumni of the Corporate Culture Committee and of course, enjoy sharing my thoughts via blogsouthwest.com
English - Southern Style, ya’ll!
Travel, Music….especially 80’s and country, Shopping at TJMaxx, Cupcake Connoisseur, Karaoke –especially in South Korea!
Mom. Grandma. Brother. Sister. That’s about it.
No pets would survive in my home as I’m always on a LUV jet headed somewhere. But, I think they are cute!
CHS…no, not Charleston, SC. That would be Conway High School – go Wampus Cats!
University of Central Arkansas
Favorite Travel Destinations
Ireland, Lake George, NY and any small cute town in America!
Your Favorite Southwest Story
Oh, so many to choose from, but I’d have to say my absolute favorite would be hanging out at SuperBowl XLI on 2.4.07 with Herb Kelleher and Brach Crider. Most of you don’t know Brach Crider, but I’m sure you have heard of Herb. If you remember back to that day it rained the entire game…except when Prince performed the half time show. I didn’t even care that it rained all day….I had my poncho and was hangin’ with Herb! What a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget!
For many people, July 4th sparks thoughts of fireworks, cookouts, and red, white, and blue attire. While I’m never one to turn down a fun, patriotic celebration, I think it’s important to remember the history behind the celebration. July 4th is about celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, marking the birth of American... read more
One of the things I love about living in Nashville is the gift of being able to listen to live music pretty much any time of the day or night. It’s everywhere. We are, after all, Music City. April 24 was one of those inspiring musical nights that touched my heart and reminded me how great it is to work for a Company that LUVs to give back to the... read more
It was a typical Monday in the office—emails, conference calls, reports—until I answered the phone and learned about Maddie’s story. On the other end of the line, Oklahoma Center Support Leader Leslie Harris shared the story of a little girl, Maddison “Maddie” Murphy, a young singer/songwriter who dreamed of going to Nashville, guitar in tow, to share her... read more
Amelia Earhart once said, “Adventure is worthwhile in itself." What an adventure I experienced when I attended the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Enshrinement Weekend in Dayton, OH.The first step of this journey landed me right in the middle of the Wings of Women (WOW) Conference, sponsored by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Celebrating its fifth... read more
The giving season was in full swing as Little Rock-based Our House celebrated its 5th Annual Tie One On event. Over 400 Business and Community Leaders gathered for an evening of food, music, and bidding on the many fabulous aprons designed by local Arkansas artists. This event was designed to raise money for Our House, a non-profit organization... read more
“Always give back—find a way to help others” are the simple yet powerful words that Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl has always remembered since first hearing them from his former University of North Carolina Basketball Coach Dean Smith in the early ‘70s. Yes, Coach Karl has 1,036 wins and 75 career playoff series under his belt, but just as important as... read more
Tyreia, Tracey, and Monica are three inspiring young women who have overcome so much tragedy and instability in their short lives. They were brave enough to share their unimaginable stories at the Celebrating Women Event on a beautiful evening on the Dearborn Heights, Michigan campus of Vista Maria. Born to a mother who didn’t want a child, a pistol held to... read more
In my travels to Charleston over the past few months, I’ve learned about the many wonderful things The Holy City has to offer—amazing history, fabulous shopping, beautiful beaches, world-class golf courses, and a thriving restaurant scene with some of the best Chefs in the southeast. In fact, many of them have received the prestigious James Beard Foundation's award... read more
People! It’s the People who make this such a wonderful Company. I’d like to introduce you to two of my new favorite People—Phoenix based Flight Attendants Jaycee and Terry. It was Saturday, April 2 when I knew my birthday/vacation week was off to a great start when I was able to secure the one coveted 4th Jumpseat (the seat for only... read more
It was 25 years ago today that the first Southwest Airlines jet took off from Nashville. I wasn’t around on that first day back in March 1986, but I bet in addition to boarding some fabulous Customers, we also flew one or two guitars on that day—it is, after all, Music City. A lot has happened in the last 25 years—we’ve gone from eight daily... read more
After a lot of planning, hard work, and FUN we are finally ready to bring Southwest to Charleston, South Carolina! We’ve got some great activities lined up to celebrate this new relationship and we can’t wait to show the Lowcountry some LUV this weekend. In fact, we started the celebration last night with about 350 Community Leaders who gathered at the Francis Marion... read more
It’s holiday time And you know what that means Searching , searching, searching For that perfect little tree. We invite you take a look At all the pretty trees Here is where you click: www.halloftrees.com And place your bid for charity. The Southwest Team in Nashville Adopted a tree, you see. And all the money raised Goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Family. The tree... read more
It was April, 2009 when Nashville Mayor Karl Dean first learned about Denver’s Road Home (DRH), the city’s ten-year plan to end homelessness. Dean and 120 Nashville Business and Community Leaders were delegates on the annual Leadership Study Mission, a trip to another city to study common issues and learn best practices to apply to Middle Tennessee. During the DRH... read more
January 1, 2010. Do you remember where you were? Maybe making those infamous resolutions, cooking black eyed peas, or watching football with the family! Whatever you were doing that day, you most likely enjoyed the first day of the new year from a warm home somewhere across the country. Sadly, while most of us celebrated and looked ahead to all that the new year... read more
If you happen to find yourself in Dapsimni-dong, a neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea, don’t be surprised if you see some Southwest Airlines inflatable hats flying around on the heads of some the cutest kindergarten students you’ve even seen! Let me explain. As I was putting together a "care package" a couple of months ago to ship to my sister, Jill, I... read more
On an early June day, right in the middle of one of the most beautiful urban parks I’ve ever seen, I arrived at the World’s Park Pavilion in Forest Park to find a few (well, let’s say 1,000 or so) of the most AMAZING hats a girl has ever seen! Not only were these some of the most unique, quirky and fabulous hats I’d ever seen, but the hat owners were some of the... read more
Approaching Nashville on I-40 tonight, I passed abandoned cars, asset recovery, environmental services and property restoration trucks. For miles and miles, a reminder of what was on the minds of many Nashvillians this day--starting over after the worst disaster to hit Middle Tennessee since the Civil War. Although it was dusk and I couldn't see the devastation that... read more
Last month, Southwest Airlines celebrated 15 years of serving Omaha. Although the post is a bit tardy, we still wanted to share the festivities with you. My My My Another FUN day Take a little peek From our party in the O M A! Nineteen ninety five March 4, to be exact We landed for the first time And haven't looked back. With pastries and cookies galore And, of... read more
On St. Patrick's Day, 1985 Southwest began service to St. Louis and Chicago Midway. Ana helped out with the St. Louis 25th Anniversary Celebration. Twenty five years ago On St. Patty's Day- Our Southwest Jets Landed and stayed! What better way To celebrate this day. Than to party it up The "Southwest Way"! So, enjoy these photos As we laugh... read more