On March 29, 2017, the business resource group (BRG) from United Airlines, EQUAL, joined local members of Marriott's associate network, ONE, for a social mixer at the Marriott Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia. The two came together as a first step in further developing a relationship between the groups for future events and activities in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Chairpersons Brad Benton and Brian Crooks, for ONE and EQUAL respectively, were on hand and welcomed attendees. "Our two companies have a long-standing corporate relationship, so it just makes sense that our two groups should start sharing and working together within the LGBTQ community." Benton stated.
From that event, both groups will be attending Night OUT at the Nationals this June and coordinating efforts together at the ballpark.
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 1,900 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 55 percent of ONE’s membership is made up of straight allies. Sixty percent are women and close to ten percent 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 Twitter and Instagram @onemarriott
ONE Marriott Chairperson
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