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No. 27 | Wyndham Worldwide | DiversityInc Top 50

WHY THEY'RE ON THE LIST

KEY RESULTS


  • Supplier Diversity: 65.8% higher than the Top 10 and double the Top 50 average of subcontractors who are minority owned
  • Supplier Diversity: 42.2% higher than the Top 10 and 34.6% higher than the Top 50 on prime suppliers who are minority owned
  • Latinos in Total Management: 16.3% higher than the Top 10 and 40.5% higher than the Top 50

BEST PRACTICES

Wyndham Worldwide states, "With a mission to welcome people to experience travel the way they want, diversity is at the core of Wyndham Worldwide."

The company attributes much of its success to its diversity council, which is led by Chairman and CEO Steve Holmes.

Wyndham Worldwide also launched two new mentor circles last year, one for Black employees and one for women in technology. The company reported building on its already existing mentoring programs as well and has seen success in engaging its senior-level employees in these programs.

Almost 90 percent of Holmes' direct reports participate in a formal mentoring program. According to the company, diversity helps the business stay competitive "by infusing different perspectives and reflecting its customers and communities where it operates."

DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP

Stephen P. Holmes

Chairman and CEO

"Diversity is at the heart of what we do. Travel enables people of varied nationalities and backgrounds to meet and experience different cultures, raising our collective understanding and appreciation for each other around the world. For Wyndham Worldwide, diversity isn't a program – it's simply how we do business."

Patricia A. Lee

Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer

"As a global hospitality leader, serving millions of people in over 100 countries every day, we see a diverse workforce as a competitive advantage, focusing strategically on talent to ensure that we attract, retain and develop our people; infusing different perspectives and reflecting our customers and communities where we do business."

COMPANY FACTS

WYN (NYSE)

U.S. HEADQUARTERS

Parsippany, N.J.

GLOBAL EMPLOYEES

38,151

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Viral Video of 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Shows How White Women Can Be Allies for Women of Color​

Shonda Rhimes shared a video where Ellen Pompeo demands diversity during an interview.

TWITTER

Shonda Rhimes, creator, head writer and executive producer of "Grey's Anatomy," shared a video of the star of her show, Ellen Pompeo, talking about how white people need to be advocates for diversity. It's gone viral with more than 2 million views.

"As Caucasian people, it's our job, it's our task, it's our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into. It's our job because we created the problem," Pompeo says in the video, during a photo shoot for Porter magazine.

Pompeo called out the lack of diversity in the magazine crew, and in Hollywood, without mincing words.

"This day has been incredible, and there's a ton of women in the room," she said. "But, I don't see enough color. And I didn't see enough color when I walked in the room today."

Actress Gabrielle Union is seen in the video giving a look of approval.

DiversityInc COO Carolynn Johnson said that both white women and women of color have a responsibility to each other to say there needs to be equality across the board.

"We need diversity of all walks represented," said Johnson, who in October launched DiversityInc's annual Women of Color and Their Allies event.

She said that people of color have a responsibility to talk about what's wrong and how it can be improved.

"We need to communicate," she said.

And for allies, "their responsibility is to recognize where there is no diversity and be bold enough to say something about it."

Johnson offered the example of Christopher J. Nassetta, CEO of Hilton (No. 10 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list). She said he was in one of his executive board meetings and looked around and said there wasn't enough women in this room.

So he did something about it.

"He was present enough in the moment to look around and see what was missing … not what he was comfortable with," Johnson said.

For white women who choose to be allies, "It's also your responsibility to know these stories and share them," she said.

Allies should also ask questions like: Why aren't there people of color on the set, as interviewers and production staff, scholarship recipients or in executive boardrooms?

Allies should hold decision makers accountable for age, class, ethnicity, ability, and gender diversity. And Johnson said, allies need to be helpful in the solution piece.

"We have countless examples of people who are doing this work … who are present in their everyday interactions," Johnson said.

She called attention to the fact that sometimes leaders don't hear what they need to from the vantage point of the people who need support, but from the vantage point of others in similar positions.

Reader Question: Do you think those who don't have Ellen Pompeo's position in Hollywood would speak up the way she did?

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At the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles on Saturday, former First Lady Michelle Obama talked with actor and activist Tracee Ellis Ross, star of "Black-ish," about gender equality.

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