1 July 2014
American Airlines Group said it has recognized four employees with the 2014 Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership in Diversity for influencing positive change, setting an example and leaving a lasting impact on those around them.
Fleet Captain Kathi Durst is American´s first female pilot in a management leadership role. She is active with Women in Aviation, International, leads career improvement presentations and mentors young pilots. With the backing and support of many co-workers, she chose to become a visible role model and stepped up to assume the Fleet Captain position for the 737 fleet.
Vice President of Airport Integration Bob Ciminelli has served as an executive sponsor for the African American Diversity Network and is frequently involved with other Employee Business Resource Groups such as the Christian EBRG. At the US Airways hub in Philadelphia, he challenges and engages the Resource Groups to manage themselves well and connect with our employees.
Senior Analyst Sales Strategy Anila Jivanji joined the Family Matters Employee Business Resource Group where she strongly advocated for the Mothers Room built at American Airlines headquarters. Jivanji also helped lead two of the company´s biggest on-campus events –Take our Sons and Daughters to Work day and Trick or Treat for UNICEF.
Staff Assistant Linda Kozma collaborated with our Veteran´s Initiatives department to present the first Marine Week at Chicago O´Hare international Airport, working closely with the Marine Corps Community Services. Their efforts resulted in an invitation for the Resource Group to tour the Pentagon, where staff provided guidelines and protocol for
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