Larry Fitzgerald, philanthropist and professional athlete, to join Ed Bastian for a conversation on social responsibility and using your voice for the greater good. 
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Delta CEO Ed Bastian will welcome philanthropist and NFL star Larry Fitzgerald for the fifth episode of Gaining Altitude on Nov. 18 for a discussion on leadership and social responsibility in a turbulent world. 

Gaining Altitude  

Guest: Larry Fitzgerald, philanthropist and professional athlete  

Streaming Live: Thursday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m. (replay available on-demand after 24 hours)  

Fitzgerald started his professional football career after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2004 NFL draft. The 11-time Pro Bowler played for 17 seasons with the Cardinals, where he set several NFL records.  

Off the field, Fitzgerald created The Larry Fitzgerald Foundation to close the reading and technology gap in under-resourced schools. He also funds breast cancer research and support services – a cause near and dear to the Delta family – in honor of his late mother. Fitzgerald has made grants of funds and computer equipment to dozens of Arizona and Minnesota schools to equip thousands of students to meet their educational goals.  

Gaining Altitude is an enlightening series of conversations worth navigating, connecting people while building understanding around the globe. Bastian hoststhe one-on-one discussions with insightful leaders, covering topics including diversity, equity and inclusion, servant leadership, entrepreneurship, sustainability and mental health.  

Fitzgerald will be the fifth guest invited by Bastian to appear on Gaining Altitude. The series premiered featuring Tristan Walker, the founder and CEO of Walker and Company Brands and the founder of the non-profit Code2040.  

Delta CEO Ed Bastian sat down with Tristan Walker for the premier episode of Gaining Altitude: Conversations Worth Navigating.
During his conversation with Ed Bastian, Tristan Walker shared his journey from Queens, NY to Wall Street to starting his first business in Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurship and the importance of failure, service and the role empathy plays in business were the topics discussed in Gaining Altitude’s second episode featuring Danny Meyer, the CEO and founder of Union Square Hospitality Group and founder of Shake Shack.  

Ed Bastian and Danny Meyer speak during "Gaining Altitude"
Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, spoke with Delta CEO Ed Bastian about topics such as becoming an antiracist company.

Sustainability, all-electric ambitions, building up young women and personal reflections on leadership during challenging times were the highlights of Bastain’s conversation with General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra during the third episode of Gaining Altitude.  

GM CEO Mary Barra joins Delta CEO Ed Bastian on the latest episode of Gaining Altitude.
Delta took flight with the third episode of Gaining Altitude on Friday. Mary Barra, the Chair and CEO of General Motors, joined Delta CEO Ed Bastian for a conversation on leadership worth navigating.

Topics such as addressing diversity and race in the workplace, challenging the status quo and being your authentic self were on the table when Bastian and Jopwell CEO and Co-Founder Porter Braswell met for the second time on the latest episode of the series.  

Ed Bastian, Delta CEO
Delta CEO Ed Bastian discussed the importance of addressing racial equity and justice during his appearance on the Harvard Business Review podcast, titled ‘Race at Work with...

Visit to discover all the episodes, sign up for podcast updates and sign up for live episode reminders that include the next episode with Fitzgerald.  

You can also check out the first two episodes of Gaining Altitude onboard your next flight in the series section of Delta Studio®. 

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