It's one of the most anticipated items during the annual ONE gala & awards event, and this year did not disappoint. The winners of the 2016 ONE Awards were announced on November 14, 2016, during the annual gala held at The Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington DC. Each year, nominations are submitted for the two coveted awards given at the end of the year: Chapter of the Year and Member of the Year. Submissions are reviewed by the ONE Council and winners selected and announced live at the gala.
This year's winners are:
Chapter of Year: Portland, OR (Accepted by Curtis Grezenski & Vanessa Matson)
Member of the Year: Derek Wood (Orlando chapter)
Congratulations to our winners and to all those nominated. ONE would be the success it is without the strength of its chapters and its amazing members.
ONE is Marriott International's official LGBT and Straight-Ally associate network. Since its inception in November 2010 by 15 founding members, the group was cultivated to serve as a voice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender members 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 1,900 volunteer members in 20+ chapter around the world, ONE continues to move forward in seeking new ways to:
Develop community among members
Increase the diversity mindset to include LGBT issues, and
Assist in unleashing revenue opportunities with concentrated marketing & sales efforts within the LGBT community
Associate Networks 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 online at @onemarriott