Marriott is repositioning its Sheraton brand, a name that came with the company's Starwood acquisition in 2016. "We've actually gone back and done a lot of research to understand the traits and elements that people have come to trust, which is that it's open, it feels welcoming and it's comforting. But the actual execution of these pieces we have really tried to modernize," said Indy Adenaw of Sheraton Hotels.
The Hotel at Utica Centre in New York will become the Delta Hotel by Marriott following $6 million in updates. The property has 162 guest rooms and is targeting June for a grand opening.
Employee diversity creates stronger organizations, said Synchrony Financial President and CEO Margaret Keane. Diversity "better positions us to meet the needs of our partners, our customers and our other stakeholders," she added, noting that her company runs a diversity symposium and holds almost 100 diversity events each year.
The methodology used for Fortune's Best Companies to Work For list has been modified to emphasize the experiences of minorities, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Companies that excelled under the new methodology "grew their revenue about 10 percent faster over the same period than the companies that scored best according to [Great Place to Work's] old methodology," noted Great Place to Work CEO Michael Bush.
Company leaders should strive to attract a diverse workforce that comes from unique cultural, physical and religious backgrounds, and they should promote diversity at all levels of the organization, writes Lisa Lovallo, Cox Communications' market vice president for Southern Arizona. She adds that businesses should offer employees training and resources to make the workplace more welcoming to women and minorities.
Hotels worldwide are offering rooms based on popular cartoon characters. Examples include a Mario Brothers-themed room at the Langham Melbourne in Australia and a Barbie-themed room at Double Tree by Hilton in Denver.
JetBlue Airways is offering free airfare and ground transportation to families of the victims of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. "This week's events are felt by all of our 21,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through the Broward County area, home to our Focus City, Fort Lauderdale," the carrier said.