Featured Speaker: Helen Giles

Helen Giles

Director Environmental Sustainability

Southwest Airlines

Helen Giles leads Environmental Sustainability at Southwest Airlines. She stepped into her role in 2021, working to ensure Southwest achieves its near-term and long-term climate goals, and on efforts to do right by the planet and company in the communities we serve and beyond.

In 2019, Helen started her career at Southwest in Corporate Strategy. She previously worked as Director of Corporate Strategy at Neiman Marcus Group and held strategy and transformation roles at GameStop, The Hackett Group, and Accenture. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Economic Analysis and German Studies from Rice University.

Helen and her husband, Michael, are proud parents to Olivia and Ethan. Helen is conversationally fluent in German and Mandarin. Outside of her professional endeavors, she enjoys travel, gastronomy, and gaming.