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Diversity Women Media presented their inaugural Elite 100 Black Women leaders list and named Gail Smith-Howard, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, as a recipient.
The Elite 100, a Tribute to Black Women Executives, highlights 100 extraordinary Black women in the C-suite and executive leaders at Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, Fortune Global 500, S&P 400, and S&P 500 companies. In a year that upended the corporate stratosphere, these women are leading – and in many cases tackling – complex transformations by addressing systemic racism in the workplace, managing remote teams, building morale through innovative programming, and sustaining profitable bottom lines.
Diversity Women Media shared that Black women have always faced barriers to advancement, such as double standards, lack of advocacy, and unconscious bias. In Women in the Workplace 2020, Black women were found to experience more acute discrimination. A Korn Ferry study also shows that senior Black talent faced bias in advancing into roles leading to the CEO spot.
“I am extremely proud and honored to be recognized amongst a group of talented women that I greatly respect. I’m so grateful to work in an industry that I love, and a company such as Hyatt Hotels, where I’m able to share my experiences and help coach the next generation of leaders,” said Smith-Howard.
The Elite 100 demonstrates that Corporate America is taking notice and making changes so more Black women have the opportunity to rise.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill nominated National Academy Foundation (NAF) at Woodrow Wilson High School for the Hyatt Community Grants program and was selected as a recipient to receive $15,000.
The Hyatt Community Grants program works with Hyatt hotels and resorts all over the world to donate money to nonprofits doing important work in their communities. Since 2008, Hyatt has helped direct nearly $3.5 million to over 260 deserving nonprofits in 52 countries. The grants celebrate and build upon hotels long-standing partnerships with local community-based organizations providing on-the-job training and employment opportunities to opportunity youth and under-resourced youth.
“When thinking of our nomination for a worthy organization that made an impact in our local young adult population, the National Academy Foundation (NAF) at Woodrow Wilson High School (WWHS) was the clear choice. This is an extremely important program in Washington, D.C. as it provides a great entry level training to hospitality and it exposes and introduces students to the possibilities our industry holds. This program is also a catalyst for future diverse talent as
67% of the population at WWHS are people of color,” said Nathalie Rytting, Director of Human Resources, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
NAF’s mission as an educational nonprofit, is to solve some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy by bringing education, business, and community leaders together to transform the high school experience. NAF's educational design ignites students' passion for learning and gives businesses the opportunity to shape America's future workforce by transforming the learning environment to include STEM infused industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships.
“Hyatt has a long history of making a difference in the lives of others and ensuring that our hotels are rooted in the communities we operate in,” said Gail Smith-Howard, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. “This grant is a small part of the enormous work Hyatt does around the world to support, develop and care for people. This year’s Hyatt Community Program was very special, as we were able to support an organization that aligns with our signature program RiseHY, which is focused on opportunity youth. Hyatt Regency Washington has a long history of partnering in DC to help local youth reach their full potential. The NAF at Woodrow Wilson High School is an excellent example of such work and we could not be happier to support the development of the next generation of leaders in an industry which I have loved for 40 years, hospitality!”
Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, released its annual list of the top hotels for meetings and events in the United States, naming Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill as one of the Top 500 Meeting Hotels in the U.S.
The list was compiled by analyzing meeting and event booking activity through Cvent, which sourced $16 billion and more than 42 million room nights in 2018.
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Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
one of the ‘Top Workplaces’
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill has been awarded a 2019 "Top Workplaces" honor by The Washington Post. The "Top Workplaces" lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill was selected from more than 2,800 nominees and has been recognized for this award amongst some of nation’s capital most prestigious places to work. Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill has earned a spot on the renowned list for four consecutive years, and ranking at No. 11 this year.
“It is incredible to learn our colleagues feel that Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is amongst Washington, DC Top Workplaces, and take pride in being a part of Hyatt family," - said Gail Smith-Howard, general manager of Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. We continue to strengthen our culture by inspiring and building true connections with our colleagues.”
Click here to view the full list of 2019 Top Workplaces by The Washington Post.
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