Linda Valdez ThompsonLinda Valdez Thompson is the Executive Vice President of Administration and Diversity at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Since joining DFW Airport in 2001, Linda has provided strategic leadership for Human Resources, Procurement and Materials Man- agement, Risk Management, Business Diversity and Development, and Internal Com- munications.

Linda has established employee engagement initiatives to ensure the workforce is pro- ductive, healthy, diverse, and inclusive. These initiatives include employee resource groups, mentoring networks, learning and development opportunities, and a Total Re- wards strategy. She has also championed the Airport’s Wellness program with an on- site fitness facility and medical clinic. Additionally, Linda has established an award- winning supplier diversity program.

During her professional career, Linda has acquired more than 20 years of managerial and executive experience for such Fortune 500 companies as Levi Strauss, Hasbro, and Baxter Health Care. Her responsibilities have included multi-site, domestic and in- ternational locations.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Midwestern State Univer- sity and a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Linda is a Certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR), a Certified Compensation Professional, a Certified Benefit Professional, and a Certified Global Remuneration Pro- fessional. She also completed the certificate program in Strategic Human Resources Management from Cornell University. Furthermore, Linda is an alumni of the prestig- ious National Hispana Leadership Institute.

Linda has received several distinctions, including being named Woman of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine, recognized as one of the top Latinas of influence by Lati- no Leaders Magazine, and named an Ultimate Latina by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She’s also been the recipient of the Dallas Business Journal Minority Busi- ness Award – Corporate Executive of the Year, the HR Diversity Excellence Award by the Society of Human Resources Management, and the Diversity Multi-Cultural Leader- ship Award by the Texas Diversity Council.

Ms. Thompson is married and has one daughter.