Hilton Introduces Best-in-Industry Adoption Assistance Program

Expands industry-leading family benefits that cover hourly and salaried Team Members

Hilton Worldwide (No. 42 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) announced its newest industry-leading family benefit, adoption assistance, offering hourly and salaried Team Members reimbursement for expenses incurred while adopting children. Hilton's adoption assistance program will launch one year after its best-in-industry parental leave policy, and marks the largest, most comprehensive adoption assistance benefit provided in the hospitality industry.


"At Hilton, we strive to be the most hospitable company in the world, including sharing the same hospitality with our Team Members that they provide our guests each and every day," said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. "Our company is committed to creating a truly great place to work that offers the benefits and rewards that matter most to our corporate and hotel Team Members at every level."

Under the new program, Hilton will reimburse Team Members for qualified adoption expenses up to $10,000 per child, with no limit to the number of adoptions. Credit: Hilton.

Under the new program, Hilton will reimburse Team Members for qualified adoption expenses up to $10,000 per child, with no limit to the number of adoptions. Expenses covered include application fees, home studies, agency and placement fees, legal fees and court costs, immigration, immunization and translation fees, transportation, meals and lodging, and counseling.

The benefit will take effect on January 1, 2017, and will cover all - hourly and salaried - U.S.-based Team Members who have continuously worked at Hilton for at least one year, averaging at least 30 hours per week.

"Our Team Members are at the heart of Hilton's success, and we want to help them be successful across the many different aspects of their lives, including as they build and grow their families," said Matthew W. Schuyler, chief human resources officer, Hilton. "We are proud to continue expanding our industry-leading benefits to give our Team Members as much flexibility and opportunities as possible."

Hilton's adoption assistance program is the newest addition to the company's many family-related benefits. Hilton offers a parental leave policy that covers both hourly and salaried new parents, including fathers and adoptive parents across corporate offices and owned and managed properties. The company also provides a GED assistance program to help Team Members earn their high school equivalency, as well as a 10-day advanced scheduling standard for hourly Team Members. Additionally, Hilton continues to expand its remote workforce opportunities for Team Members who require more flexibility and freedom.

Hilton Names Global Head Of Diversity & Inclusion

"As a global hospitality company, it's increasingly important to leverage the benefits of an intentional diversity and inclusion management practice to drive sustainable engagement and company performance," said Muñoz.

Hilton has named Jon Muñoz as Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion. In his new role, Muñoz will oversee Hilton's global diversity management practice, focusing on developing culture, talent and marketplace strategies that cultivate inclusion.

Already known as one of the World's Best Workplaces, Hilton was recognized in 2017 for its diversity and inclusion efforts by DiversityInc, Fortune, Forbes, Human Rights Campaign, National Business Inclusion Consortium and LATINA Style.

Muñoz joined Hilton in 2011 as Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion and has played a key role in driving Hilton's global diversity and inclusion efforts. Prior to joining Hilton, Muñoz served in diversity roles for Sprint and multicultural marketing roles for Nextel Communications, Bank One (JPMorgan Chase) and NationsBank (Bank of America).

"As a global hospitality company, it's increasingly important to leverage the benefits of an intentional diversity and inclusion management practice to drive sustainable engagement and company performance," said Muñoz. "I'm proud of the important strides we've made on our diversity and inclusion journey at Hilton and look forward to building on those successes to support our mission to be the most hospitable company in the world."

"In his seven years at Hilton, Jon has built a track record for success, providing leadership for our comprehensive, and now award-winning, diversity and inclusion program," Matthew W. Schuyler, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hilton. "This role is incredibly important as we continue to create welcoming and inclusive work environments for all, and amazing experiences for our guests."

Muñoz actively serves in leadership roles at a diverse nonprofit organizations including: Conference Board Diversity and Inclusion Center Advisory Board, Friends of the American Latino Museum Treasurer of the Board of Directors, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, League of United Latin American Citizens Corporate Alliance, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ACT-SO Advisory Council, National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Co-Chair of the Corporate Advisory Council, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board. He is also a co-founder of the National Hispanic Corporate Council Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP), offered in partnership with Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. The CEDP is dedicated to advancing Hispanic managers to executive positions in global enterprises.

Muñoz holds a Bachelor of Science in communications and advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.