Delta people from frontline employees to directors gathered at "Destination Tomorrow: Together with TED" to learn from TED fellows, hear from leaders, and participate in discussions on how empathy contributes to unmatched customer service.
"Empathy always has and continues to drive our experience design, service and delivery. With a new year, we renew that commitment," said Julieta McCurry, Delta's Managing Director – U.S. Marketing Communications and Sponsorships. "This day-long event was an engaging way for colleagues to share best practices, learn from each other and brainstorm ideas in support of this concept."After kicking off the day with talks from TED fellows Matilda Ho and Mitchell Joachim, employees participated in discussions, including:
- Panel conversations with Delta leaders representing perspectives from across the business:
- Erik Snell, V.P. - Operations and Customer Center, and Matt Muta, Vice President - Innovation and Operational Technology, touched on the art and science of hosting.
- Charisse Evans, V.P. - Customer Experience Integration, and Kristen Manion Taylor, Managing Director - Latin America Pricing and Revenue Management, discussed experimentation.
- A talk on "Making it Personal" with Ranjan Goswami, Vice President - Los Angeles & Sales – West.
- Workshops that focused on applied empathy and scenario practice, giving attendees a chance to put their skills to the test and work across divisions and levels.
During the afternoon, Tim Moye, Manager - Delta Care and Scholarship Fund, shared a powerful story on his work as founder of Wrenched Hearts, an employee group for grieving parents. Wrapping up the day, Jeanie Brady, a flight leader, left participants with a lot to think about from her talk, "Practicing Kindness at 35,000 Feet." (Watch their talks here.)
"From Jeanie's reminder that everyone has a story to Charisse's talk on experimentation and continuous improvement – the event was a compelling learning experience. It also reaffirmed what we do every day at Delta," said attendee Lori Spellman, In-Flight Service base manager.
"Empathy has always been at our core since the day I started at Delta in 1995. Our people are what make Delta different, and it's important that we have days like today to connect with each other and continue to foster that culture."
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. In service of this goal, the TED Conference takes place in Vancouver annually and TED also hosts a variety of special events dedicated to sharing ideas in communities around the world.