35 posts categorized "Education"

Hire Friendly, Train Technical

January 27, 2014
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the University of Delaware’s Hospitality School. They were a smart bunch of students, but more importantly, all of them smiled. That’s the type of person we hire at Marriott. I always say it’s best to hire friendly and train technical. You can...

Noella has it right, "It's kinda fun"

November 4, 2013
Noella Abijuru in Dubai Listen to how Noella Abijuru a resident of Kigali, Rwanda describes working for Marriott. “It’s kinda fun. Though it’s a business, it’s kinda fun.” Noella is one of fifteen women hired about a year ago from the Akilah Instutute for Women. She’s been training in Dubai...

Bridges … A Solid Foundation for Opportunity

August 19, 2013
Years ago, when our company was first beginning to add hotels to our business, my dad would scout locations for new hotels by watching the traffic across the bridges of Washington. He would say they would never move the bridges. He knew that a hotel built near a bridge or...

Creating Global Opportunities - Rwanda Partnership Trains Women for Hotel Jobs

September 20, 2012
There’s an old adage that says, “If you educate a woman, you educate a generation.” That is what Elizabeth Dearborn-Hughes, founder of the Akilah Institute for Women, is doing in Kigali, Rwanda. Elizabeth, a high-energy American with a passion for helping others, fell in love with the African country the...

What I Learned from Starbucks' Howard Schultz

March 23, 2012
I recently read Howard Schultz’ book “Onward” about the fantastic turnaround he made as the new CEO of Starbucks. As you may know, he semi-retired, but when the company got into trouble he returned as CEO and made a remarkable turnaround. It seems that Starbucks had expanded too fast. It...

Living the American Dream

March 5, 2012
My family has lived the American Dream. My father started out herding sheep and saw an opportunity and drove cross-country from Utah to Washington, D.C. to open up an A&W Root Beer stand. That was way back in 1927. Many of us forget where we came from, but not me....

Lessons on Life and Lodging

November 10, 2011
The other day I received a totally undeserved standing ovation as I spoke to students at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. I think the students just wanted to stretch their legs after 45 minutes of listening to my stories. I was really surprised and stunned by the applause. But...

Blogging with "The Boss Man" - Our Summer Interns

August 8, 2011
Listen To Blog I started out at Marriott much the same way our young people do today. I worked after school and during the summer. It wasn’t called an internship back then, but I knew it was a great way to get experience and learn the business. When I was...

Celebrating the First Graduate of the Marriott Scholars Program

December 6, 2010
When I was growing up, my parents often reminded me that education was a passport to the world. They encouraged my brother and me to pursue college degrees and instilled in us continuing thirst for knowledge. They were also committed to building and investing in the lives of other young...

20 Years of Helping Youths with Disabilities Find Meaningful Careers

June 3, 2010
July marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, something our company has supported with all our heart and soul. After all, we are in the hospitality business and we welcome everyone. That’s why last night I attended a very special event we...