Delta Air Lines Inaugural DEI Event Features Speakers from Aventure

PEACHTREE CITY, USA – Aventure participated in a “fireside chat” at the Delta Air Lines inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Convening, held June 11 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Delta’s goal of this session was to inspire employees to think intentionally about where their enterprise dollars are spent.

Aventure CEO Zaheer Faruqi and president Talha Faruqi spoke at the session, which was co-hosted by Delta’s Andrea Thomas, manager of supplier diversity, and Ann Ni, managing director of Tech Ops supply chain.

Zaheer and Talha discussed how Aventure, founded just days before 9/11, was able to succeed against all odds during the unprecedented difficulties faced by the industry. They also spoke about the challenges facing Muslims in America following the attacks, stressing the importance of “rising with resilience.” 

They talked about the growth of Aventure and Delta’s relationship, which started becoming more significant in 2017, and how it is built on trust, quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction. 

They discussed the importance of DEI, and how Aventure has made it a part of its core values from recruitment to major business decisions. They described initiatives the company promotes, such as celebrating cultural holidays and recognizing barrier breaking aviators. They also discussed the company’s involvement with programs such as the Mandela Washington Fellowship and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), and participating in supplier diversity programs.

“Supplier diversity programs play a vital role in promoting equity and economic growth,” said Talha, “It provides access to opportunities by connecting diverse-owned businesses with corporate buyers.”

Aventure is a member of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).

A group of six men and women in business attire posing for a photo in front of a sign with the Delta Air Lines logo and text saying "Rising with Resilience"
Aventure CEO Zaheer Faruqi and president Talha Faruqi (second and fourth from left) with their Delta hosts at Delta’s June 2024 DEI event.
Four men and women in business attire talking while sittng on a stage, with a sign containing the Delta Air Lines logo and text "Supplier Diversity"
(R–L) Aventure president Talha Faruq and CEO Zaheer Faruqi, with Delta’s Ann Ni and Andrea Thomas on a panel discussion at Delta’s June 2024 DEI event.