Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., will join Delta CEO Ed Bastian for a conversation on closing the diversity gap and leading during a crisis.
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Delta CEO Ed Bastian will welcome Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. for the sixth episode of Gaining Altitude on March 30 for a discussion on closing the diversity gap and leading during crisis.

Gaining Altitude 

Guest: Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., Spelman College President

Streaming Live: 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 (replay available on demand after 24 hours at delta.com/GainingAltitude)

Dr. Campbell is the 10th president of Spelman College, a historically Black college in Atlanta tailored to nurturing Black women. During her time at Spelman, Campbell launched Imagine. Invent. Ascend, a strategic vision to ensure every Spelman student graduates with a competitive edge. It also expands Spelman’s strategic partnerships, deepens its excellence in STEM and expands the college’s signature academic programs.

Dr. Campbell is also the host of Spelman College’s series “Courageous Conversations: Black in the C Suite,” a show similar in nature to Gaining Altitude.

Outside of the classroom, she serves as a trustee of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and as a director of Unity Technologies.

Before becoming president, Dr. Campbell worked as the Dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and incubated several new arts and technology divisions within the school and the university. She also held positions such as the director of the Studio Museum and as commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City under two mayors. In 2009, former U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Campbell as the vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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

Dr. Campbell will be the sixth guest invited by Bastian to appear on Gaining AltitudeThe series premiered featuring Tristan Walker, the founder and CEO of Walker and Company Brands and the founder of the non-profit Code2040. 

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Visit delta.com/GainingAltitude to discover all the episodes and sign up for live episode reminders that include the next episode with Dr. Campbell.

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

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