Marriott Worldwide and Howard College to Handle Racial Fairness within the Hospitality Trade

By Howard College Newsroom Workers,

Marriott Worldwide, Inc. and Howard College introduced the inaugural Howard Hospitality Week, an occasion starting October 25 that may carry collectively the Howard group and hospitality leaders to debate the necessity for extra numerous and equitable alternatives throughout the hospitality business. Over the course of 5 days, college students, members of the school and business leaders will collect on Howard’s historic campus in Washington, D.C. to deal with key hospitality enterprise, management and social impression points. Howard Hospitality Week is an outgrowth of the work the College and The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Basis have begun to create the Marriott-Sorenson Heart for Hospitality Management housed throughout the College’s Faculty of Enterprise.  The hassle additionally aligns with Howard’s five-pillar Howard Ahead strategic plan, which emphasizes initiatives that serve the group by working with company companions to maximise job creation and prepare a various workforce.

“Marriott Worldwide is proud to collaborate with Howard College to convene this week-long dialogue and sequence of academic seminars to drive obligatory conversations round range, fairness and inclusion,” mentioned Anthony Capuano, Marriott Worldwide’s chief government officer. “Howard Hospitality Week is likely one of the some ways we’re difficult ourselves to take away boundaries and enhance entry to profession and entrepreneur alternatives on the highest ranges. The event of the Marriott-Sorenson Heart together with revolutionary occasions, like Howard Hospitality Week, are supposed to construct a pipeline of numerous management expertise, which is a precedence for Marriott and our business.”

“We’re very excited to welcome Marriott Worldwide to Howard College’s campus for this inaugural convening that may deepen Howard college students’ information of alternatives within the hospitality business,” mentioned Howard College President Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. “From the start, our partnership with The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Basis and Marriott Worldwide has been about participating Howard college students in methods that may drive alternative and impression within the hospitality sector. This occasion will serve to encourage and educate Howard college students whereas giving them area to supply concepts and insights that may make an incredible distinction within the business.”

Howard Hospitality Week

Howard Hospitality Week will embody digital and in-person entry to a wide range of on-campus occasions deliberate for college students, together with:

  • Case competitors:  Marriott will host a case competitors for present undergraduate and graduate college students campus-wide. Working in groups of 4 to handle a singular enterprise scenario, the groups will develop their enterprise circumstances and current to a panel of business leaders. One workforce on the undergraduate and graduate stage (for a complete of eight college students), will probably be awarded a full scholarship for the 2022-2023 educational 12 months.
  • Academic periods:  College students will be a part of key business leaders, Marriott executives and Howard school for in-depth discussions round subjects together with shaking up what service means within the hospitality business, studying how leaders navigate the business and create possession, and the way hospitality could make a social impression. Throughout one session, college students will hear from members of the undertaking design workforce main efforts to prioritize advancing leaders of colour throughout the hospitality business by the event of the Marriott-Sorenson Heart for Hospitality Management.
  • LoveTravels summit:  As a fruits of the week’s occasions, Marriott will host a LoveTravels summit on the Yard with a give attention to how the hospitality business can construct management expertise alternatives for Black college students throughout the nation. The centerpiece of the summit will probably be a hearth chat with key business leaders, together with Capuano, Marriott’s CEO, and Dr. Frederick, Howard’s president; the case competitors winners will even be introduced. The LoveTravels summit is known as for Marriott’s advocacy of inclusion, equality, peace and human rights, key elements of the corporate’s longstanding dedication to environmental, social and governance points.

To take part just about within the every day livestream of Howard Hospitality Week occasions, discussions and periods, and to indicate your assist for the coed case competitors, please go to

“The inaugural Howard Hospitality Week will give college students a possibility to essentially perceive what a profession in hospitality management might imply for them and the way they will obtain their aim of creating a distinction on the planet by careers on this complete business,” mentioned Howard College Faculty of Enterprise Dean Anthony Wilbon, Ph.D. “The Howard College Faculty of Enterprise is extremely grateful for the chance to host this convening on our campus, and we all know this may kickstart a lot of our college students’ engagement with the Marriott-Sorenson Heart for Hospitality Management.”

Marriott-Sorenson Heart for Hospitality Management

Earlier this 12 months, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Basis, along with Howard College, introduced the institution of the Marriott-Sorenson Heart for Hospitality Management in honor of Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott Worldwide from 2012 till his passing at age 62 in February 2021. The middle will construct on Howard College’s highly effective analysis historical past and create thought management that not solely prepares college students to be the workforce of the longer term, but additionally empowers them to be co-creators in what the way forward for hospitality management seems to be like. That includes a best-in-class program that expands academic {and professional} alternatives for Howard college students, the middle is designed to create a pipeline of numerous management expertise for the hospitality business.

“Arne spent a lot of his tenure at Marriott targeted on creating alternatives that introduced actual change to the composition of Marriott’s government ranks,” mentioned J. W. “Invoice” Marriott, Jr., government chairman and chairman of the board. “At Marriott and throughout our business, we have to do extra in terms of range, fairness and inclusion. The Marriott-Sorenson Heart for Hospitality Management is targeted on fostering management excellence and driving larger inclusion on the most senior ranges within the hospitality business – what an applicable option to bear in mind Arne’s legacy.”

Marriott Bonvoy Will get Concerned

Members of Marriott Bonvoy®, Marriott Worldwide’s award-winning journey program, even have the chance to donate their factors in assist of the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund, established earlier this 12 months at Howard College to assist the vital programmatic and profession improvement parts of the Marriott-Sorenson Heart for Hospitality Management. All Marriott Bonvoy level donations will probably be transformed to money and contributed to the fund. From October 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021, Marriott Bonvoy will probably be matching all member donations. Members can go to right here to study extra. 


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