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Elise Eberwein is executive vice president – People and Communications. She leads human resources, media relations, team member communications and engagement, community relations and social media.
Previously, Elise served as executive vice president – People, Communications and Public Affairs for US Airways. She has 32 years of airline experience across several airlines, and has lead media relations, employee communications, customer relations, community relations and government affairs. She began her career as a flight attendant for TWA while earning an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Lindenwood University. She later earned an MBA at Colorado State University.
Under her stewardship, American has set out to make culture a competitive advantage with an emphasis on creating an environment that cares for frontline team members who directly serve the airline’s customers. Additional work includes leading the People team in revamping American’s maternity and adoption assistance programs, implementing system- wide implicit bias training, and building a multi-year leadership development program that reinforces the airline’s Leadership Attributes.
For 16 years American has achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, and the airline consistently receives top scores on the Disability Equality Index. American has also been recognized by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Employee Resource Groups and Councils, Diversity MBA Magazine, LATINA Style, Black EOE Journal and Equal Opportunity Magazine.
In addition to her work at American, Elise serves on the nonprofit boards of the Arthur W. Page Society and the Wings Club.