Creating a foundation of inclusivity
Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
It is no secret that the airline industry has historically 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 to solving problems related to a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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 that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive; where individuals of any sex, race, nationality, religion, age, disability, 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 but is the best practice for unlocking our human potential and driving innovation.
While we have made strides with initiatives such as ATPCO’s Lead from the Front program, focused on developing women leaders, we recognize to need to continually up our game. Since starting in January, our CEO, Alex Zoghlin, has appointed two female executives, Maya Bordeaux, Chief People & Culture Officer, and Ellen Lee, CCO, who will help shape the future of ATPCO for years to come.
This year at Elevate, we are taking our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion a step further by formalizing our commitment to these principles. To foster an environment where all feel welcome, we are taking the following steps:
- Pronoun options in registration form for Elevate
- Gender balance of speakers geographic balance of speakers
- Regionalized programming
- Dedicated DEI session continuing internal programs
- Efforts to support DEI in our organization
We are excited for our dedicated DEI session, Why DEI is good for your bottom line. The session will feature Keyra Lynn Johnson, Delta Airlines’ Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, and Maya Bordeaux, ATPCO’s Chief People & Culture Officer. We look forward to you joining us on 6 October at 10:00 ET for this interesting discussion on why DEI isn’t just the right thing to do but is financially smart for your organization.
It takes a concerted effort to challenge the status quo. We hope our commitment to these values will set a standard of inclusivity for all future industry events.
— Elevate 2021 Team