Patti Colwell is the Workers’ Compensation Program Manager for Southwest Airlines. Known for its employee-centric culture, Southwest Airlines views its employees as its single greatest strength and most enduring long-term competitive advantage. In her role, Patti is responsible for the on-the-job safety and care of the company’s 45,000 employees.
Patti brings over 28 years of experience with Southwest Airlines and 14 years of workers’ compensation industry experience to her current position. Her responsibilities are as unique and varied as the employees and company for whom she serves. She is continually challenged to develop and implement innovative and cost-effective strategies, including both pre-loss and post-loss initiatives. This requires that she understand the job demands associated with each position within the airlines and communicates effectively with management and employees throughout the organization. It also entails forming strong relationships with brokers, insurance carriers, third party administrators, and other service providers who work diligently on the company’s behalf. Patti knows the value of strong partnerships and her management style in dealing these outside resources is frequently credited with much of the program’s success.
Patti is active within the risk management and insurance community and a frequent speaker at meetings and events. She has been invited to speak at the 2014 Annual RIMS Conference & Exhibition on her philosophy as it pertains to vendor management versus service partnership. Patti is a native resident of Dallas, Texas.