OREANDA-NEWS. May 26, 2016. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) proudly welcomes Secretary Norman Y. Mineta to its company headquarters to share his personal journey with Employees. From being the first Asian Pacific American mayor of a major U.S. city to co-founding the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Mineta has spent his career breaking glass ceilings.

"Norman Y. Mineta has made tremendous contributions to the United States throughout his career, and were excited for him to share his personal journey with our Employees. He is a phenomenal role model and his life story illustrates how preparation, determination, and perseverance can overcome both cultural stereotypes and systemic obstacles," said Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion. "Southwest is honored to have someone who has blazed trails in the Asian American community speak to and enlighten our Employees during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month."

Mineta served as United States Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and as United States Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush. To learn more about Minetas powerful story, visit Southwest Airlines blog, NUTS About Southwest.

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In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 50,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 97 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries. Service to Long Beach, California, the carriers 98th city, begins June 5, 2016.

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