Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, BBA '77, spoke to a full house at the AT&T Conference Center Oct. 27, sharing his management philosophy and how the company has never had a layoff.
Access McCombs is a signature series from the McCombs Alumni Network that features exclusive conversations in various cities between Dean Tom Gilligan and legendary corporate executives.
“The big game changer this decade has been energy prices. We were built for $20 crude oil; we are not well prepared for $85 crude oil,” said Gary Kelly, BBA ’77.
On Jan. 27, 2010, Herb Kelleher Center Entrepreneur-in-Residence and business history enthusiast Gary Hoover presented the second in his series of four talks on business history. Using more than 300 color images from airline history, Hoover began with the rise of the early industry, consisting of many small airlines.
The fall event calendar at McCombs was filled with a high-caliber cast of business leaders, including six C-level speakers.
Southwest Airlines Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly, BBA '77, waxed philosophical about leadership and his experiences in the top spot at SWA during a conversation with Professor George Gau September 24.