The Mile High City of Denver becomes ONE's 25th chapter

October 3, 2017

 ONE continues to expand in the U.S. with the addition of its 25th chapter in Denver, CO. This new chapter had one of the quickest startups in the group's history. The market is fortunate enough to have a transplant from the Dallas - Fort Worth market who previously headed up their chapter. Ryan Kurosky, now at the Westin Denver Downtown, knew he wanted to start up a ONE chapter as soon as he could. With over 60 hotel locations in the greater area of the Mile High City, there would be great opportunities for outreach and support from the hotels. Within a short amount of time, Kurosky had formed a small team to meet and solidify their efforts in starting up a chapter.

 

"I'm very excited to launch the Denver chapter. With so many hotels in the area, there is tremendous possibility to impact many associates and the surrounding communities," said founding chairperson, Ryan Kurosky. Denver is now adding to the list of cities in the western part of the U.S. with a ONE chapter, now a total of six, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Phoenix. "We've been wanting to formalize in Denver for a long time," said Brad Benton, ONE Chairperson, based in the headquarters office, "and now that we have an experienced leader heading up the efforts there, we are very excited to see what's in store for this new chapter."    

 

The chapter is off and running with plans to engage with The Center, increase their visibility in Denver's pride festival in June, and start a winter clothing drive partnering with local organizations. We have no doubt that ONE's newest chapter will have an immediate impact on members and the communities they serve. Welcome, Denver!

 

To partner with the ONE Denver Chapter or find out more information, please contact Ryan Kurosky at ryan.kurosky@marriott.com  

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   Like and Follow us at www.facebook.com/onemarriott  Statements or articles posted by ONE are not official positions or opinions of Marriott International.

 

Contact:

Brad Benton

ONE - Chairperson

E:  brad.benton@marriott.com

T:  +1 301-380-9588

 

 

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