About the Gala

Celebration at the 2016 ONE Gala

Tickets now on sale for the 9th annual ONE Gala on November 8, 2019. 

The annual ONE Gala is the one time a year that members and their invited guests meet to celebrate the accomplishments from the current year and ignite enthusiasm of the work for the coming year. After a networking reception prior the event, attendees are delighted with a 3-course plated meal to enjoy the evening's program. 

  • Arne Sorenson – President & CEO, Marriott International

  • Joe Solmonese – former Executive Director of HRC 

  • Kate Kendell – Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Right

  • Amanda Simpson – former Deputy Asst Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy

  • Sen. Rich Madaleno - Maryland state senator

  • Erin Uritus, CEO, Out & Equal


The Gala acts as the major fundraising arm for ONE in order to cover administrative and program costs each year. Each year the Gala gets bigger, and each year it gets better. 2019 will be no exception.

ONE is the official lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, and straight ally associate network of Marriott International, Inc. comprising Marriott associates and franchise employees. Since its inception in November 2010 by 15 founding members, the group has cultivated a focus to serve as a voice for LGBTQ associates and their allies, as well as to create a supportive network for a community that had no formal representation before within the company.


ONE now has over 2,500 volunteer members in 25+ chapters around the world, seeking new ways to:

  • Develop community among members

  • Increase the diversity mindset to include LGBTQ issues, and

  • Assist in unleashing revenue opportunities with concentrated marketing and sales efforts within the LGBTQ community