Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I believe this. Our company believes this. We can work hard and be successful in our pursuits, but we really experience life when we look beyond ourselves to help our world.
Since 2005, the team at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Marriott has participated in an externship program for students with disabilities at the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC). Each new school year, a new group of about 20 students are paired with associate “coaches,” who help them get acclimated to the job and connected with other associates. The students work in a variety of departments, from Shipping & Receiving to Housekeeping to Food & Beverage. They quickly become like family to all associates.
Many of these students have profound disabilities. Most will not lead independent lives due to their disabilities. But, the hosts at the LAX Marriott see the bright young people who are eager to learn and be part of a team. And, in the process, their lives are impacted. Jessica Ramirez, HR Generalist at the hotel, says, “When these students come in, it changes the life of the hotel. They bring a special light here.”
Alan Grant, Hotel/Restaurant Occupation Instructor at the SoCalROC, wrote me to say, “The associates at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott make a difference in the lives of our students, and it is evident that our students have a positive effect on the hotel staff as well.”
I’m so proud of the team at the LAX Marriott. They put people first and impact lives by giving their time and attention to these students.
I’m Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.