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Marriott International Supports Diversity Partners

Bethesda, Md., August 19, 2014 - Apoorva GandhiMarriott International continues its commitment to diversity and inclusion through its support of three of its diversity partners – National Council of La Raza, National Urban League Young Professionals, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Líderes Initiative is a national program designed to create opportunities for Latino youth, which will elevate their influence as leaders in the United States. Through a national network of more than 300 high school and college students and young professionals, Líderes identifies, supports, and develops new leadership in the Latino community.  The Summit takes place in conjunction with the NCLR Annual Conference, which was held, this year, at the JW Marriott LA Live. Marriott is a proud supporter of these programs and students.  Apoorva Gandhi, Marriott International’s Vice President of Multicultural Affairs (pictured to the right) spoke at the talent showcase event about Marriott’s commitment to the Latino community and GenY.

Oral MuirMarriott supports the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) organization throughout the year with their summits and professional development programs.  This year, Oral Muir, Vice President of Ecommerce for Marriott International (pictured second from left) participated in a panel on combining non-profit and corporate work.  The NULYPs also celebrated its 15th anniversary and as a congratulations, Marriott provided conference scholarships to 10 young professionals. The organization is a National Urban League volunteer auxiliary that targets young professionals ages 21-40 to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.

Maruiel Perkins-Chavis, Vice President, Workforce Effectiveness & Global Diversity gave greetings from Marriott International at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Annual Conference’s Clarence Mitchell Luncheon.  The NAACP lists Marriott at the top of their Opportunities & Diversity Report Card for the Hotel & Resort Industry. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all people.

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Marriott is All Inclusive

Lodging Leader Recognized for Diversity Success

Marriott International is in the spotlight for its diversity and inclusion success. 

Norm Jenkins NABHOOD 2014During the recent National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD) Conference the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC was awarded the “Deal of the Year” Award.  Norman K. Jenkins (pictured, holding award, second from the right, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Development and a Marriott Marquis Washington, DC owner accepted the award.   Julius Robinson NABHOOD 2014Julius W. Robinson (pictured, holding award, center right) - Vice President,  Franchising and Operations – Fairfield Inn & Suites was recognized with the Hank Thomas Freedom Rider Award.  The Hank Thomas Freedom Award is given to an individual who demonstrates commitment to helping to advance diversity in hotel ownership.  

Darryl Franklin, Vice President and Senior Counsel at Marriott International was named to the Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal profession.  Established in 2008, Lawyers of Color Inc. is the media and research company focusing on lawyers of color and aims to promote the causes and contributions of minority attorneys.

This year, Marriott International is celebrating 25 years of its formal diversity and inclusion program and 15 years of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.  Visit for more information on the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

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Marriott Resorts in Mexico Say ‘Bienvenido’ to All Guests

OutNowThree Hotels Certified for LGBT Guest Services.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – July 8, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) proudly participated in the 4th International LGBT Business Expo, Vallarta-Nayarit 2014 to Latin America. This three-day event was held at the Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta to engage leading travel and hospitality companies that are dedicated to welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender guests, friends and families throughout the Americas.

Mr. Apoorva Gandhi (pictured above first from left), vice president of multi-cultural affairs for Marriott International, was also a speaker at the conference.  “I am excited to be part of this important team working to position Marriott as a global diversity and inclusion leader. Diversity is the one thing that we all have in common and I am proud to show how we at Marriott celebrate it everyday,” he stated.

Mr. Gandhi’s presentation highlighted many of the ways Marriott properties excel in cultural competency, as well as celebrating LGBT individuals, couples and families.

Marriott also received the designation as ‘Out Now’ certified for the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta. OutNow global certification means 100% of the more than 430 employees working in the hotel have been trained to understand and provide the best customer service to their LGBT guests.  JW Marriott Cancun Resort and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort also received certifications.

OutNow is a lesbian and gay marketing specialist organization.  Out Now's unique expertise, experience and approach to LGBT marketing is acknowledged and supported by marketing professionals - and clients - worldwide.

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Asia Society Honors Marriott International, Inc. with 2014 Best Practice Awards

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New York, June 19, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced  that it has been recognized by The Asia Society for its work in the diversity and inclusion space with a number of 2014 Best Practice Awards in the categories of Recruitment and Selection, Market Opportunities and Community Support. Apoorva Gandhi, vice president of multicultural affairs for Marriott International, was on hand to accept the award given during the recent Asia Society Diversity Leadership Forum held in New York City.

Tina Edmundson (pictured above), Marriott International’s global officer for luxury and lifestyle brands, participated in the event as a keynote speaker. Edmundson spoke with young Asian leaders and executives from around the country about the challenges and opportunities involved with building a successful brand in a global context, while also sharing some of her personal experiences as an Asian woman executive.

Asian SocietyAsia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.  [Pictured left, Apoorva N. Gandhi, vice president, Multicultural Affairs Marriott International; David Whitelaw Reid, director of Corporate Relations, Asia Society.] 

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Whoever You Are, Wherever You Go - #LoveTravels

TestMarriott International Celebrates Inclusion with Powerful LGBT Portraits by Noted Photographer Braden Summers. 

Bethesda, Md.,— June 2, 2014— Marriott International today launches #LoveTravels, a multicultural campaign that conveys the company’s commitment to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel.  To bring #LoveTravels to life, Marriott has partnered with photographer Braden Summers to share exclusive and powerful images celebrating inclusion as part of its new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) social media and marketing campaign.  Summers’ unique ability to capture warmth and emotion perfectly communicates the company’s welcoming approach to hospitality.

LoveTravels-Gina-transgender-model-wrap“Braden’s work so beautifully illustrates the inclusiveness and equality that we embrace,” said Kristine Friend, senior director, segment marketing.  “We are committed to ensuring that all of our guests feel comfortable at all of our hotels and are proud to stay with Marriott.  #LoveTravels is a universal theme we believe is shared by all cultures and communities and truly represents our company’s philosophy and values.  We also want to encourage our guests and travelers around the world to share their own journey and story through #LoveTravels @MarriottIntl.” Download images.


LoveTravels-Jason-Collins-wrap#LoveTravels features visually stunning images that will be displayed as building wraps at five hotels in Washington, D.C., a series of print ads in LGBT media, an online portrait gallery and display ads in cities throughout the U.S.  A key element of the campaign includes portraits of Jason Collins, professional basketball player; Geena Rocero, fashion model and social advocate; and Talisha Padgett-Matthews, a Marriott associate. More about their inspiring stories and other images from the campaign can be found at, including behind-the-scenes video.

“To help tell Marriott’s #LoveTravels story, I produced an aesthetic for Jason, Geena and our other models that is relatable, authentic and shows them at ease with who they are and comfortable expressing their love,” said Braden Summers.  “It will also be a first for me to display my work as dramatically as building wraps on five major hotels in the nation’s capital." 

To coincide with the Capital Pride Celebration, the hotel building wraps will be unveiled beginning on June 2nd at Renaissance, Washington DC, Dupont Circle; Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown; Ritz Carlton Washington DC; Residence Inn Washington, DC/Dupont Circle; and JW Marriott Washington, DC.  

Elements of #LoveTravels will be featured on the Marriott LGBT website and at key Gay Pride events in Washington, San Francisco and New York City. Numerous Marriott properties were also used in the photographs, including the Residence Inn Manhattan New York/Central Park; Renaissance New York Hotel 57; The Carlton Hotel, Autograph Collection; The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection, and the JW Marriott Marquis and Marriott Stanton South Beach in Miami. 
Classically trained in drawing and painting, photographer Braden Summers uses his fine art sensibilities to compose photographs with elements and scenes that visually tell a story. Throughout the process he strives to inject inspiration into his narrative style. Whether shooting celebrities for the Tony Awards, or a lifestyle series of modern couples for the MoMA, his work remains instantly recognizable with his unique styled treatments.

Marriott International’s premiere hotels host galas and events on behalf of LGBT community leaders including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), PFLAG, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, among others. Marriott also serves as a proud sponsor for these nonprofit organizations, as well as other community-based groups. The company remains among leading corporations earning a 100 percent perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index as one of the Best Employers for LGBT People, and for several years, it also has been a supporting member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, committed to diverse suppliers including LGBT businesses.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 77 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  For more than 80 years, the company has been committed to guest satisfaction.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit  

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DiversityInc Ranks Marriott In Top 20 Companies for Diversity & Inclusion

DiversityInc Top 50 CompaniesCompany Continues to Lead the Hospitality Industry. 

DiversityInc announced Marriott International as #16 during the 2014 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity event making it the highest ranking hotel company on the list.  The company was also ranked #7 for its supplier diversity efforts.

The rankings are determined by an objective methodology that calculates factors such as Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development (including commitments to mentorship and philanthropy), CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. The empirical data for the rankings is provided by a 300-question survey filled out by personnel at the participating companies.

“Our business is all about creating great experiences for people and providing opportunities to grow and achieve,” says David Rodriguez, Marriott’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources officer.  “As a hospitality company, how we support our associates directly correlates to superior customer service for our guests around the world. That is the foundation of our ‘people-first’ company culture, and it continues to be our guidepost to business success.”

For more information about Marriott’s diversity and inclusion efforts, visit

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Marriott is Tops for Latinas

LatinaStyleMarriott International’s Tania Galarza (left), Senior Director of Marketing Strategy accepts LATINA Style 50 award from Robert Bard, president and CEO of LATINA Style.  The magazine ranked Marriott #4 on its annual LATINA Style 50 Report.  This annual survey serves as the most respected source of employment and career information for Hispanic women in the U.S.  Companies responding to LATINA Style's questionnaire are evaluated based on issues that LATINA Style readers identified as most important to them in the workplace such as the number of Latina executives, Latina retention, mentoring programs, educational opportunities, alternative work policies, employee benefits, women's issues, job retraining, programs to recruit veterans and military personnel and Hispanic relations.  Visit for more information about Marriott's diversity and inclusion efforts. 

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Marriott Named to "Top 50 Companies for Executive Women" List

NAFE 2009 1Company Celebrates 15th Anniversary of the Women's Leadership Development Initiative.

Bethesda, Md., February 6, 2014
- Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, has been recognized by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) as one of the country’s top 50 companies for employing executive women. Marriott was ranked in the top 10 on this prestigious list, which recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage the advancement of women. [Photo: Shonda Johnson (center) Area General Manager - Detroit, accepting NAFE award from Working Mother Media representatives.]

“We are delighted to be recognized once again by NAFE as a leader in developing women executives,” said David Rodriguez, chief global human resources officer. “Taking care of our associates is at the heart of Marriott’s core values, and this acknowledgement by NAFE reflects the achievements of the company’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative.”

Founded in 1999, the Marriott’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative aims to increase the presence of women in management or decision-making positions by engaging senior leaders to ensure career development, as well as encouraging current female leaders to drive organizational success.

Across the globe at Marriott, women comprise nearly 60 percent of management.  At least nine women lead divisions worth more than $100 million annually, and female executives on the rise take advantage of a wide variety of dedicated development programs, which offer everything from formal mentoring and coaching to leadership training and succession planning.

Marriott’s emphasis on talent development as well as availability of flexible scheduling for working mothers has landed the company on several leading best places to work lists, including FORTUNE, Working Mother, and LATINA Style.

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), founded in 1972, serves 20,000 members nationwide with networking, tools and solutions to strengthen and grow their careers and businesses. Working Mother magazine publishes the annual NAFE Top Companies list. provides up-to-date information, community for women in business and access to member benefits. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, owned by the Bonnier Corporation.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Marriott Honored as Corporation of the Year

Dc black mbaThe Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Black MBA Association (DCNBMBAA) honored Marriott International as its Corporation of the Year for its demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and its long-term partnership with the chapter.   The award was presented during DCNBMBAA’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Fundraiser Brunch, which is designed to encourage and support African American youth pursuing higher education within business disciplines.

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Human Rights Campaign Names Marriott a “Best Place to Work” for LGBT Equality

Human-Rights-Campaign-100%-logoMarriott Earns 100% Perfect Ranking on 2014 Corporate Equality Index. 

Bethesda, Md., December 9, 2013 - Global lodging leader, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today was named among America’s top corporations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, by earning a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

The Index rankings are based on factors such as non-discrimination policies inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, benefits for same-sex spouses and domestic partners, appropriate and respectful advertising, and external community outreach. For a list of all corporations measured on the CEI benchmark, visit

“Marriott understands that a global hospitality leader must create the environment where all people are respected, valued and provided with opportunities to succeed,” said David Rodriguez, Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Diversity Executive, Marriott International. “We aim high to make all of our customers, associates, families, suppliers and owners feel equally welcomed and comfortable, and that’s why this distinction from the Human Rights Campaign is so meaningful to us.”

Marriott joined 277 other corporations on a Supreme Court amicus brief to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) this year. The company is a proud sponsor of LGBT rights advocacy groups and its hotels frequently host galas and events on behalf of the HRC, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians & Gays), the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, among others. Marriott is committed to having diverse suppliers including LGBT businesses as part of its supply chain and is a supporting member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, Marriott’s innovative LGBT marketing campaign, “Be You, With Us,” was nominated by GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for its prestigious Amplifier Award. (Note: To see examples of this campaign and to learn more, please visit, available to visitors in five languages.)

Marriott has consistently been recognized for its outstanding workplace and diversity and inclusion programs.  For a comprehensive list of accomplishments, click Awards and Recognition. 

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