Creating a foundation of inclusivity
Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
It is no secret the airline industry has been an exclusive club, both in the cockpit and the front office. Within the last few years, we have seen the beginning of a revolution in travel with airlines and channel partners focusing their attention on and allocating resources toward solving problems related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
At ATPCO, part of our mission is to be the airline industry's trusted partner in driving innovation. This innovation is not possible without diversity.
Our people are united by our values of trust, empowerment, learning, innovation, collaboration, and transparency. Together we strive to create an environment where individuals of any sex, race, nationality, religion, age, ability, marital status, gender identity, or sexual orientation feel comfortable to be themselves and are celebrated for their uniqueness.
This isn’t just the right thing to do. It is the best practice for unlocking our human potential and driving innovation within our industry.
While we have made strides with value-based initiatives such as ATPCO’s Lead from the Front program that focused on developing women leaders, we recognize the need to level up. We have established new internal DEI Steering and Corporate Social Responsibility Councils, and during Elevate, we are taking our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion a step further by activating our commitment to these principles.
To foster an environment where all feel welcome, we are taking the following steps:
- Pronoun options in the Elevate conference registration form
- Gender balance of speakers
- Geographic balance of speakers Regionalized programming
- Dedicated DEI sessions (check out our conversation with Delta’s Keyra Lynn Johnson in 2021)
- Programs and efforts to support DEI within our organization
It takes a concerted effort to overcome unconscious biases and challenge the status quo. We hope our commitment to these values will set a standard of inclusivity for all future industry events.