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CFA’s Leaders in Philanthropy Awards to Feature Jim Parker

(Lafayette, La.) — Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) is proud to feature Jim Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, as the keynote speaker for its fifth-annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon Nov. 3, 2015.

Jim Parker is a sought-after speaker on the value of corporate culture, offering deeply personal insights into the principles that can make any team or company strong. He gives advice on identifying great leaders in every level of the organization, as well as finding the right employees to build a functional and happy team.

Jim Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines.
Jim Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines.

Parker shared his business philosophy in his 2007 book, “Do the Right Thing: How Dedicated Employees Create Loyal Customers and Large Profits.” He explains that when management respects and appreciates employees, they, in turn, do the same for the customers. When times are tough, that respect and appreciation will lead customers to remain loyal, finding a way to purchase products or services in spite of the cost. He recounts stories from after 9/11, in which customers declined to ask for flight refunds, telling Southwest employees that the airline needed it more than they did.

During Parker’s tenure as CEO, Southwest was named “Most Admired Airline” and one of three “Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine; “Airline of the Year” by Air Transport World magazine; and one of the “World’s Most Socially Responsible Companies” by Global Finance magazine. Parker was also named “co-­CEO of the Year” in 2001 by, and was included in Institutional Investor’s list of the nation’s best CEOs in 2004.

Event Details:
Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon | Cajundome Convention Center | Nov. 3, 2015
Doors Open at 11 a.m. | Program from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Luncheon tickets and tables are open to the public and are now on sale. Tickets are $75 each, and tables of eight are $500. To register to attend, visit or contact Bethany Danos at [email protected] or 337-769-4849.

The community submitted nominations for the Leaders in Philanthropy Awards, and CFA’s Board of Directors Emeriti made final selections. CFA will present awards to the following individuals, couples or corporations who have made a positive impact in their communities through philanthropy:

Acadia Parish –Charlotte & Joe Freeland

St. Landry Parish –Pat & Alice Morrow

Evangeline Parish –Kermit & Sheila Miller

St. Martin Parish –David Buck

Iberia Parish – Johnny & Cathy Indest                     

St. Mary Parish –Sylvia & Fulton C. “Butch” Felterman, Jr.

Lafayette Parish – Paul Hilliard

Vermilion Parish – Paul Patout & Patrick Patout

Corporate Award–Van Eaton & Romero, LLC, a Latter & Blum Company

Corporate Award– Cabot Corporation

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (CFA) core purpose is to connect all generous people to the causes they care about. CFA is South Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organization benefiting our region, with a particular focus on the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin and Vermilion. CFA has realized cumulative gifts exceeding $156 million and has made cumulative grants of over $79 million. Learn more at