William Settle is established as a diversity practitioner, business development and corporate community relations specialist and noted educator. Having served the world’s largest airline, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Settle was responsible for the grant process allocation of $25 Million from the Foundation, $10 Million of Corporate Contributions and $30 Million for Air Travel Certificate programs. Significantly recognized as one of the community faces of the corporation managing the fourth largest corporate foundation in the state of Georgia, The Delta Foundation, Settle created and managed diversity and community programs and lead the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department of Delta designing strategy and programming still considered best practices model in the airline industry.
On the heels of the USA 911 cataclysmic disaster, William Settle created the Delta Emergency Travel Program, embraced as the airline industry’s secured emergency response, still in effect to-date and earning Settle the highest award bestowed by the American Red Cross, the national “Good Neighbor Award.” Settle created the Delta Air Lines Speaker Series, Delta Diversity Board of Curators and facilitated the creation of several Employee Network and Resource Groups that include: WEN, (Women’s Employee Network), BEN (Black Employee Network), LAHEN (Latin American Employee Network), GLEN, (Gay Lesbian Employee Network), APEN, (Asian Pacific Employee Network), ABLE and (Employees with Disabilities). William Settle led the initiatives that resulted in the Delta Minority Recruitment Program that increased the numbers of minority and women engineers, pilots and MBA’s.
As co-creator and former co-owner of i3 Logistics Group, Inc. Settle and his business partner, Kenneth Morrison grew to one of the largest minority logistics organizations and supplier for Mercedes-Benz USA in Vance, Alabama USA managing a 200 employee auto parts warehouse within a 500,000 square foot facility while providing real-time parts for the assembly plant. F
During his earlier career, William Settle secured a quarter million dollars in educational scholarships from UPS, Sherwin Williams Corporation, Coca-Cola and AT&T for need-based students when serving as Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs at historic Morris Brown College in the Atlanta University Center. Settle increased enrollment and retention, led efforts to restore student residence halls and the student center. Settle was a leading campaign member in constructing the 20,000 seat Herndon Football Stadium for the Centennial Olympic Games. Settle’s tenure benefitted from his test creation of the HBCU Surplus Property Donation Program which was ultimately transferred to NAFEO for utilization by HBCUs at-large.
Settle is an independent consultant serving on the Stonecrest Economic Development Committee for the New City of Stonecrest GA, which was authorized by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to approve the charter for the new city. In addition, Settle oversees a roster of clients and non and for-profit management of high-level sports and entertainment individuals creating annual cause marketing events, value, heightened fundraising and for-profit revenue stream.