American Airlines Recognizes Employees With The Sixth Annual Earl G. Graves Award For Leadership In Diversity

Jun 30, 2014, 12:30 ET from American Airlines Group

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines Group has recognized four employees with the 2014 Earl G. Graves Award for Leadership in Diversity for influencing positive change, setting an example and leaving a lasting impact on those around them.

  • Fleet Captain Kathi Durst
    Capt. Durst is American's first female pilot in a management leadership role. She is active with Women in Aviation, International, leads career improvement presentations and mentors young pilots. With the backing and support of many co-workers, she chose to become a visible role model and stepped up to assume the Fleet Captain position for the 737 fleet.
  • Vice President of Airport Integration Bob Ciminelli
    Ciminelli has served as an Executive Sponsor for the African American Diversity Network and is frequently involved with other Employee Business Resource Groups such as the Christian EBRG. At the US Airways hub in Philadelphia, he challenges and engages the Resource Groups to manage themselves well and connect with our employees. 

  • Senior Analyst Sales Strategy Anila Jivanji
    Jivanji joined the Family Matters Employee Business Resource Group where she strongly advocated for the Mothers Room built at American Airlines headquarters. Jivanji also helped lead two of the company's biggest on-campus events –Take our Sons and Daughters to Work day and Trick or Treat for UNICEF. 

  • Staff Assistant Linda Kozma
    Kozma collaborated with our Veteran's Initiatives department to present the first Marine Week at Chicago O'Hare international Airport, working closely with the Marine Corps Community Services.  Their efforts resulted in an invitation for the Resource Group to tour the Pentagon, where staff provided guidelines and protocol for Military Human Remains/Planeside Honors. 

Since 2008, American Airlines has been honoring recipients with a diversity award for leadership in honor of Earl G. Graves, a successful African American businessman, entrepreneur and former AMR board member who showed us that respecting and appreciating each other's differences is the right thing to do and is key to our continued success.

"This year marks a milestone as we opened nominations for employees from American Airlines and US Airways," said Cindy Fiedelman, vice president – People & Diversity, American. "Not only are we proud to recognize employees for exceptional leadership in diversity, but we are proud to have so many employees willing to take time and nominate their fellow colleagues. It's truly inspiring."

American's long-standing commitment to diversity is part of the company's culture of coordinated, collaborative teamwork and mutual respect and has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign, the Association of ERGs & Councils, PRISM International and Diversity MBA Magazine. For more information, please visit

About American Airlines Group
American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American Airlines and US Airways. Together with wholly owned and third-party regional carriers operating as American Eagle and US Airways Express, the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339 destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs allow members to earn miles for travel, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and everyday purchases. Members of both programs can redeem miles for tickets as well as upgrades to First Class and Business Class. In addition, AAdvantage members can redeem miles for vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirways and

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