Rachel Hutchings
Manager of Corporate & Government Relations, State of Oklahoma
American Airlines
Tulsa, OK

"Manufacturing provides livable wages, benefits, and fulfilling careers. It allows all people opportunity and is the key to a strong middle class and thriving economy. Manufacturing supports all sectors including transportation, energy, and healthcare. It is the heart of who we are and what we do.”

Rachel has been a visionary force at American Airlines, strengthening its presence in the local community during a challenging time.  She has participated at a statewide and national level in workforce development, including serving on the Tulsa Area Workforce Investment Board for many years, including two years as its Chair, and now serving as the Chair of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. Rachel also serves on the Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development. 
 
Rachel has demonstrated calm and grace in dealing the downturn and layoffs at American Airlines.  She has worked hard to maintain relationships across the state, and has communicated sensitive information diplomatically and strategically under intense pressure.  She shows professional maturity beyond her years. Through her actions as corporate and government relations manager for Oklahoma, she has ensured that American Airline's corporate presence in Tulsa was strengthened rather than weakened during a stressful time, and that it will be a key player and employer in the Tulsa area for the future.
 
Rachel has been a supporter of manufacturing by ensuring that young people understand the job opportunities available via efforts like Dream It. Do It., the National Aviation Consortium, and others. She has championed Career Pathways in our state, and has ensured that American Airlines facilitated the effort by providing summer internships for disadvantaged youth.
 
Rachel also serves on the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and various positions with Tulsa Young Professionals (TYPROS) leading efforts to recruit and retain young professionals to Tulsa. Rachel has been ahead of the curve in understanding that and changing the workforce system for the better. 

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