• Washington, D.C.

Maryland Senator, Rich Madaleno, to provide keynote for 2017 ONE Gala

The ONE Gala committee is pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the 2017 ONE Gala to be held on November 16, 2017. Maryland state senator and Maryland gubernatorial democratic candidate, Rich Madaleno, is poised and ready to provide the key message for the 200+ event attendees.

Senator Madaleno is one of the strongest and most influential leaders in the Maryland General Assembly. According to his website, since his election in 2002, he has succeeded in passing vital legislation to expand economic opportunities, make college more affordable, improve transportation, protect the environment, enhance government transparency and improve services for people with disabilities. Madaleno is a leader on budget issues in Maryland, and is a leading advocate for sustainable investments in education, health care and transportation.

In 2012, Rich was a leader in the fight to pass marriage equality in Maryland, which became the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage by ballot. Following in 2016, he introduced and passed legislation that guaranteed state funding for Planned Parenthood if the Federal government cut off funds – it is the first such law in the country.

Prior to his election, Rich had a successful career in public service working for the state and Montgomery County governments. He grew up in Silver Spring and earned a bachelors’ degree and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. Rich and his husband, Mark Hodge, live in Kensington with their two children and dog. He is an ever-optimistic fan of the Washington Capitals.

Sen. Madaleno joins a short, but impressive list of keynotes that have headlined the ONE Gala over the years. Past speakers include:

To purchase tickets for this year's ONE Gala or to become a sponsor, please go to onemarriott.com/gala


About ONE

ONE is the official lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, and straight ally associate network of Marriott International, Inc. comprised of 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.

With over 2,200 volunteer members in 20+ chapters around the world, ONE continues to move forward in 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

ONE embodies Marriott’s long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion within its own membership. Over 56 percent of ONE’s membership is made up of straight allies. Sixty percent are women and close to 10% of members live outside of the United States.

Associate Networks within Marriott International are ongoing, associate-initiated teams that form around a broad range of common interests. These networks provide the opportunity to informally connect with other associates in order to grow both personally and professionally. These teams are self-directed and funded by their members.

For more information on ONE, please go to our website at www.onemarriott.com and engage with us on Twitter and Instagram @onemarriott Statements or articles posted by ONE are not official positions or opinions of Marriott International.


Brad Benton

ONE - Chairperson

E: brad.benton@marriott.com

T: +1 301-380-9588

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