Southwest Airlines founder to keynote IU Entrepreneur Day
EDITORS: Reporters are welcome to cover the program, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Room CG3059 of the Graduate and Executive Education Center. Kelleher will be available to meet with reporters at 11 a.m. in CG 3061. Please call George Vlahakis at 812-855-0846.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Herb Kelleher, founder and executive chairman of Southwest Airlines Co., will be the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Entrepreneur Day at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business on Wednesday (April 6) in Bloomington.
Kelleher's speech, "Southwest Airlines from the Chairman's View," will be part of a larger discussion about corporate governance and ethics. Registration is limited to Kelley School undergraduate and MBA students and faculty. The event is not open to the public.
Joining Kelleher on a panel will be Gary Anderson, founder and managing general partner of TL Ventures and a visiting scholar at the Kelley School; Dan Dalton, the Harold A. Poling Chair of Strategic Management and director of the Institute for Corporate Governance; and Wade Lange, president and chief executive officer of Indiana Health Industry Forum. Donald F. Kuratko, the Jack M. Gill Chair of Entrepreneurship and executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will moderate.
Kelleher, a founder of Southwest Airlines, currently serves as its executive chairman, a position he has held since 1978. From 1981 to June 2001, he also served as Southwest's president and CEO.
Southwest commenced service with three airplanes in 1971 and today operates a fleet of 375 airplanes performing almost 2,800 flights per day. Kelleher's company has been profitable for 30 consecutive years and has never furloughed an employee. The fall 2002 edition of
Kelleher graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, where he was an Olin Scholar and where his major was English and his minor philosophy, and from New York University Law School, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar.
For more information, call 812-855-4248.