Young business travelers are increasingly interested in combining business and leisure by augmenting their hotel stays. "They are looking for work-life balance. Because of these shifts, companies are beginning to adapt their travel policies to enable both personal and professional growth," said Wes Bergstrom of American Express Global Business Travel.
A PwC poll among corporate directors revealed 84% believe diversity improves board performance but 48% believe shareholders are too preoccupied with board diversity. In addition, 54% of men said shareholders were too focused on diversity, versus 20% of women agreeing with the statement.
More than 80 startups and venture capitalists, the city of Los Angeles and the Annenberg Foundation have teamed up to increase diversity in technology companies. The participants in PledgeLA will collect and publish diversity and civic engagement data on an annual basis.
Almost one-third of LGBTQ employees at nonprofits said depression has resulted from unwelcome work environments, according to a Diversity Among Philanthropy Professionals survey. More than 40% of LGBTQ respondents said they had revealed their sexual orientation or gender identity at work, and nearly 75% of respondents who are out are board members, indicating that higher-level senior individuals are more likely to be out.
Companies often struggle to attract diverse hiring pools when opening and posting jobs, writes Katharine Nester. Avoiding strict experience requirements, reshaping job descriptions, adjusting initial screenings, seeking out candidates and acting on diversity goals are ways to build a diverse team, she notes.
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO of Ellevest, says current ideas among companies on how to promote diversity, such as unconscious bias training and diversity committees, are not working. She suggests hiring with the goal of matching the current population, closing the pay gap and adjusting family leave policies as ways to improve.
With the opening of its first US hotel, the Hoxton hotel brand is eyeing a US expansion. "It's all about rooting ourselves in the community and getting the right people to understand what we're about so they feel invested in the hotel," says Chief Marketing Officer Martina Luger.
Candlelight, vintage glassware, and chairs and banquettes dressed in red velvet distinguish the thoroughly modern Loa bar just off the lobby of the International House in New Orleans. A reviewer likens the venue to a movie set and "spirit handler" Alan Walter's cocktail menu to a short-story collection.