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Marriott International Expands "Culture Day" Program Worldwide In 2018

Immersive trainings offer hotel staff and corporate customers deep dives into 13 cultures, underscoring company's aim to welcome all, elevate customer satisfaction and drive business; the newest culture days: Native American and LGBTQ.


Originally Published by Marriott International.

Marriott International announced the expansion of its groundbreaking Culture Day program aimed at fostering multicultural understanding to ensure welcoming environments at its hotels and increase guest satisfaction. Since Marriott founded the program in 2014, the company has hosted more than 50 Culture Day trainings in over 30 cities and eight countries. During 2018, demand for the program doubled as more hotels as well as corporate customers requested this training.

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Racist Note Left for Black CEO at Hotel May not Have Been What it Appeared

Frank Davis believed a hotel employee left the note, but an investigation shows this isn't likely and that it may not have been intended for him at all.

A family vacation for Frank Davis, president and CEO of The Horizon Group, turned less than ideal when he found a handwritten note in his hotel room that read, "You're a n****r."

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Marriott International Takes Spirit to Serve into the Communities

Associates Give 11,000 Volunteer Hours to D.C.-Area Non-Profits

Originally Published by Marriott International.

Each year, Marriott International associates around the world dedicate a day to serving their local communities, a day aptly named Spirit to Serve Our Communities Day (STSOC Day). STSOC Day is a global day of service, where associates come together to celebrate Marriott's long-standing commitment to taking care of the communities where they do business. The 2018 STSOC Day was record breaking – over 2,700 associates volunteered at 51 sites throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, resulting in 11,000 hours of volunteer time.

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Starbucks’ Optional Diversity Training Empowers People like Roseanne

Clearly communicated policies and values build corporate diversity success — treating people right is not an option for a well-run company.

By making yesterday's diversity training optional, Starbucks revealed top management indecision about its own principles and how to treat customers.

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Marriott Celebrates International Women's Day With Multiple Initiatives Around the World

At its headquarters, the company will host two Alice S. Marriott Leadership sessions.


As Marriott International (No. 8 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies) list prepares to celebrate International Women's Day, Marriott's Executive Vice President and Global Chief Commercial Officer, Stephanie Linnartz, was named to the inaugural Great Place to Work for All Leadership Awards list.

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Career Advice for High Potential Women

Women executives from Johnson & Johnson, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Marriott give career advice from mentoring to work/life balance to women working to ensure they are paid the same as their male counterparts.

Wanda Hope, Caryn Parlavecchio and Marisa Milton participated on the Achieving Gender Balance in Senior Leadership panel at the 2017 DiversityInc Top 50 event. The panel was very well received and the information these women provided was so rich, we decided to bring them back. This time, we wanted them to give career advice to high potential women, based on what they learned throughout their successful careers.

Listen to the webinar in its entirety – it is great! And don't skip the Q&A session – that's great too!

Webinar Panelists:

• Wanda Hope, Chief Diversity Officer, Johnson & Johnson

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Marriott International (No. 8 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) believes that from small gestures of kindness to improvements in your own health and wellbeing, happiness is simply contagious.

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Marriott Sparks Global Action to Combat Homelessness Among LGBTQ Youth

The long-running #LoveTravels movement expands as Marriott International continues to inspire and welcome all travelers.

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" actor Tituss Burgess adds his piece to the #LoveTravels mosaic in support of homeless LGBTQ youth, June 8, 2017. / TWITTER

In the United States, nearly 4 in 10 American youths experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender* and the number has been rising for the past decade.

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Andy Shallal toasting at the podium.

Celebrating its centennial, in 2018, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park has been host to many important moments in American history (Marriott International is No. 9 on the DiversityInc 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity list). In 1954, Thurgood Marshall and his colleagues stayed at the Wardman Park Hotel in unincorporated Washington, DC when he prepared and tried Brown vs. Board of Education in the Supreme Court. Langston Hughes, famous African-American Poet and Thurgood Marshall's college friend, worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel, when he was discovered in 1925. He encountered American poet Vachel Lindsay and shared his poems.  Impressed, Lindsay publicized his discovery of a new "busboy poet."

On Langston Hughes' birthday, February 1, Washington Marriott Wardman Park, in partnership with renowned community restaurant group and cultural hub Busboys and Poets, celebrated the great American poet with an evening of jazz and poetry and a performance of The Weary Blues, Langston Hughes' most influential poem.

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Statement on Hurricane Matthew

Marriott International continues to closely monitor Hurricane Matthew

Marriott International, Inc. (No. 9 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) continues to closely monitor Hurricane Matthew and have begun taking the appropriate precautions at hotels that may be affected by the storm.

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'TED Talks' to Travelers at Marriott Hotels

Marriott Hotels partners with TED, the nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading.

Marriott Hotels (No. 9 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list) announced a partnership with TED, the nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. This relationship brings creatively curated TED Talks, blogs and original quotes to hotel guests worldwide.

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