ONE once again this year took part in Marriott's Global UNITY Day by participating in the UNITY Day Extravaganza at Marriott headquarters on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. ONE was one of several groups that reserved a table in the lower level during the busy lunch hours to showcase our cultures, traditions, talents, and passions.
As a part of Marriott's annual Associate Appreciate week, Global UNITY Day sets out to have all associates feel good about ourselves, our workplace, and our company's role in society. It focuses on our workplace and all that we do each and every day to value our coworkers and celebrate our differences and how we can use them to find things in common. Associates were able see beautiful costumes and ceremonial dress from different cultures, see their names written in Chinese characters, paint on a canvas expressing what #LoveTravels means to them, and see a traditional Chinese lion dance.
At the ONE table, we were strategically positioned right across from the Starbucks, and received a lot of foot traffic and eyeballs on our "We Are ONE Marriott" video that was looping at our table. Passers-by were invited to learn more about our group and sign up to receive more information about walking in the Capital Pride Parade alongside their colleagues, where Marriott is the presenting sponsor again this year. Over 100 names were collected to walk in the parade on June 10, 2017. Associates also enjoyed grabbing a complimentary lip balm emblazoned with the ONE logo. With the start of summer fast approaching, associates appreciated the SPF 30 offering.
"It's always great to have this visibility here at Corporate and make sure that our colleagues know that ONE exists. We find a lot of value in participating and sharing our story on a day where we embrace and celebrate our differences here at Marriott," said Brad Benton, ONE Chairperson. "We look forward to doing this again next year!"
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 2,000 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 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
ONE Marriott Chairperson
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