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Marriott named a top corporation for supporting women-owned businesses

Marriott WBNEC award

Marriott International has once again been named one of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council’s (WBENC) Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).

This year, Marriott received Gold Level honors, which recognizes companies that are sustaining results, evolving their programs and creating innovative and best practices that support WBEs.

The Top Corporations annual list recognizes companies with an exceptional track record for providing opportunities for women-owned businesses to compete for and secure global company contracts.

Marriott’s commitment to empower women extends from its leadership ranks to providing opportunities for women to own hotels and supply products and services to the company.

Over the past four years alone, in addition to spending more than $1 billion with WBEs globally, Marriott continues to leverage innovative methods of engagement, support and visibility to foster their growth and success.

“We are honored to continue to be recognized for our passionate dedication to women-owned businesses globally,” said Dominica Groom, Senior Director, Global Sustainability & Supplier Diversity at Marriott International.

“Our commitment aims to incorporate and further develop WBEs within Marriott’s global supply chain. In addition to our extensive efforts across the U.S., we continue to place increased emphasis on the global expansion of this platform, proactively supporting women-owned businesses around the world.”

Furthermore to developing relationships with female business owners across the globe, Marriott is close to achieving its 2020 goal of having 1,000 diverse-owned hotels, including women – now having nearly 800 in its portfolio.

Marriott is consistently honored for being a top company for diversity and inclusion. It was recently named by the National Association for Female Executives as one of the top corporations for employing executive women. Great Places to Work Institute also recognized the company for being one of the 2015 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce named the company its 2014 Corporation of the Year. Marriott has also been listed as the #1 company for supplier diversity by DiversityInc, and has been honored by Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Black Enterprise and Latina STYLE for diversity & inclusion efforts in workforce, board membership and supplier diversity.
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Pictured above: (L-R): Jacob Wright, Director of Hotel Operations, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel; Charlotte De La Plaine, Manager, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity; Dominica Groom, Senior Director, Global Sustainability & Supplier Diversity; Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity; Senija Merdzanovic, Director of Finance, Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains & Scottsdale Marriott Suites; Steve Hart, General Manager & Area Vice President, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

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