Senior Director, Labor Relations
Southwest Airlines Co.
As Senior Director of Labor Relations, Ms. Hudson is responsible for negotiating collective bargaining agreements impacting nearly half of Southwest’s 49,000 employees. Southwest Airlines is the most unionized airline in the country with more than 85 percent of its employees represented by a labor union. A seasoned leader, Ms. Hudson oversees three of the carrier’s Labor Relations team whose primary responsibilities are to serve as advocates for Southwest in minor labor disputes, contract interpretation, and ensuring compliance with certain Human Resource regulatory requirements.
During her 25 years at Southwest Airlines, Ms. Hudson has served as Corporate Recruiter, Base Manager, and Director of Strategic Planning, among other roles. Ms. Hudson spearheaded the company’s first ‘Women in Leadership Conference’ hosting 100 of the company’s established Managers and Directors providing workshops and panel discussions focusing on optimizing Leadership skills, serving employees, and preparing for the company’s future.
Ms. Hudson currently serves on the board for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; TMCF helps students acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost; develops leaders of tomorrow; and connects high-performing students with top tier employment opportunities. Ms. Hudson is also a board member for the Texas Labor Management Conference, a not for profit organization committed to enhancing Management/Union relationships. An Illinois native, Ms. Hudson attended Western Illinois University and Chicago State University.
Southwest Airlines, one of the most honored airlines in the world, is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.