This Women’s History Month, WINiT by the Global Business Travel Association, a network focused on driving positive change for the career advancement of women in travel-related industries, named Delta’s Allison Ausband, S.V.P. – In-Flight Service, ‘Outstanding Woman of the Year’ in recognition of her leadership and ability to face challenging situations and strategically seek solutions.  

Delta leaders Keyra Lynn Johnson, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer; Jennie Ho, President of Delta Vacations; and Edyth Adedeji, Director of Los Angeles and Southwest Sales, have also been recognized among the Top 50 Women in Travel by GBTA’s WINiT. 

“I can’t think of a better way to kick off Women’s History Month than by congratulating all 50 women driving the travel ecosystem forward, especially Delta’s very own Allison, Keyra, Jennie and Edyth,” said Joanne Smith, Delta’s Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. “Promoting positive change for women in our industry is more important today than ever. Strong women leaders make all the difference and help pave the way towards a brighter, more equitable future.” 

All four leaders recognized by GBTA’s WINiT have led impressive careers at Delta.

Allison Ausband

Allison Ausband began her career at Delta in1985 as a flight attendant and now serves as S.V.P. - In-Flight Service responsible for Delta’s flying experience, leading a team of 21,000+ flight attendants, around the globe as well as Delta's onboard global food and beverage operation and experience. Under her leadership, Delta has championed transformative, sweeping changes that have improved the onboard experience for flight attendants and customers, driving huge gains in both employee and customer Net Promoter Scores. Throughout the past year, she has successfully navigated IFS through more than 150 COVID-19-related changes that directly impacted our flight attendants, all to keep our people and our customers safe while continuing to provide essential travel services. Ausband also heads Delta's Executive Steering Committee Against Human Trafficking, leading the airline’s charge against one of the fastest growing crimes in the world, and leads Delta’s efforts for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

Keyra Lynn Johnson

Keyra Lynn Johnson began her career at Delta more than 25 years ago on the frontline. Today, she leads Delta’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy as Delta’s first Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer and led Delta to enact a three-pronged strategy to increase women in leadership, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion overall. The strategy focuses on actively seeking diversity, boldly pursuing equity and consciously promoting inclusion at all levels. Under her leadership, Delta is taking steps toward becoming an anti-racist, anti-discrimination organization, including launching a DEI training series that will reach every employee by 2022, putting in place new hiring practices to remove unintentional bias, closing representation gaps between frontline and leadership and growing Delta’s Business Resource Group participation -- now more 24,000 members strong.  

Jennie Ho

Jennie Ho began her career at Delta in 1998 and has held numerous leadership positions across the commercial organization. As President of Delta Vacations, she has drawn on her rich and varied commercial background to drive growth and continued improvement within the subsidiary. Ho’s commitment to going above and beyond in both her personal and professional life is what truly sets her apart. Whether it is serving as the Executive Sponsor for Delta’s Commercial MBA Program, acting as a mentor with Delta’s corporate and divisional leadership development programs and leading Delta’s Chairman’s Club Selection Committee, Jennie is a champion of excellence and focused on fostering up-and-coming leaders while remaining the “best role model possible” for her daughter. 

Edyth Adedeji

Edyth Adedeji joined Delta in 2010 and most recently became the Director of Los Angeles and Southwest Sales. With her leadership, Delta launched the first-of-its-kind agency bridge agreement focusing on Delta and Joint Venture revenue growth across multiple global points of sale. Adedeji is credited with being results-oriented, customer focused and a natural talent developer by building an inclusive culture where all voices are heard. She has been vital in the Global Sales Diversity, Equity and Inclusion culture change, where she launched a conversation that led to the development of the Eastern Region Action Club that is now part of the Global Sales DNA.

“These women have been selected for this esteemed list not only for the determination and focus they’ve exhibited in elevating their own careers, but for their dedication to reaching a hand out to help other women rise in the industry as well,” said Dorothy Dowling, Chair of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board and S.V.P. and Chief Marketing Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts. 

About the Global Business Travel Association 

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings trade organization, headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 9,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA delivers world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts.  

To learn how business travel drives lasting business growth, visit www.gbta.org

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