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  Sharla Avila  
Southwest Airlines

Sharla currently serves as a Regional HR Leader for Southwest Airlines.  In this role, she oversees hiring and retention activities in 16 key cities.  Her career “took off” 18 Years ago in 1995, when she joined the Southwest Airlines family in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She has worked her way from the ground up, starting in a Customer Service capacity, to training/development, and then the People Department (Southwest’s HR Team).  Where she has held a variety of different positions, from Employment Coordinator, Corporate Recruiter, and currently leads the Midwest HR field office. 

Sharla has served on the company’s Diversity Council, Speakers Bureau and also supports the local community as a member of Women in Management (WIM) in the Greater Chicago Area.   She has also spread her wings in several locations from Dallas, TX, to Phoenix, AZ, and most recently in Chicago, IL.  But most of all, working at Southwest has allowed her to develop a wide variety of skills, expand her HR horizons, and lead future generations at Southwest Airlines.