Good morning, Baltimore! ONE members in Charm City have something to celebrate. August 1, 2017 marks the day the Baltimore (BWI) chapter was officially formed. After seven years of being included in the greater Washington, D.C. (WAS) head chapter from the beginning of the group formation, Baltimore members now have their own chapter. Members from the Baltimore chapter will still be included in all Washington events and communications because the two cities are so close and many Baltimoreans work in the D.C. area. With the formation of the chapter, however, members in Baltimore will begin to have a greater impact on their own community.
"This is such an exciting time for our members in Baltimore. Now they can work to better engage the amazing hotels in their market and feel a more localized impact on their community by hosting events and activities with members and partners," said Brad Benton, ONE Chairperson.
Taking the helm of the chapter startup are two chapter co-chairs, Ken Hough, General Manager at the Residence Inn Columbia, and Jeff Ault, General Manager at the Courtyard Columbia. Both are eager to get the chapter moving forward and have great ideas to grow membership and engagement. To connect with either Ken or Jeff, visit the chapter contact list page and send them an email.
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.
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