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Diversity is Key to Hilton’s Success

Diversity has been key to Hilton’s success over the company’s 96-plus years, and continues to be an area of focus as the hospitality leader continues to expand and grow. With more than 4,440 hotels in 100 countries, having a diverse workforce enables the company to meet and exceed guests’ expectations.

“It is what allows us to perform and deliver for our customers and, frankly, outperform the competition,” said Hilton President & CEO Chris Nassetta. “In order to do that, it has to become part of the muscle memory of our organization.”

Nassetta heads an executive diversity council to keep the need for diversity top of mind for senior company leaders. Team Members throughout the organization are also involved through more than 20 chapters of Resource Groups. These specialized groups allow the needs of all Team Members to be heard, and provides a bonding and learning experience for many employees.

“In my opinion, the big mistake that companies make—and I’ve seen it happen many, many times—is that diversity becomes a subset of different programs. Diversity, if done properly and reinforced properly, basically takes care of itself because everybody in an organization realizes that the organization is better, stronger and faster as a result of the diverse nature of its workforce,” said Nassetta. “This way people seek it out instead of it becoming just a series of programs that they need to adhere to.”

This article was originally published on DiversityInc.com. To read the full story click here.

Energy Saving Technology Helps Hilton Raise the Bar on Efficiency

Hilton has announced it will upgrade its systems and technology at its more than 4,440 hotels around the world to LightStay, which will allow each hotel to measure its environmental performance, including energy and water use.

LightStay is a state-of-the-art, in-house measurement platform that enables each hotel to measure and forecast usage based on weather, occupancy and other conditions. It alerts management to the hotel’s overall performance and consumption, and allows them to make educated decisions and take corrective actions to influence future performance.

These efforts are part of Hilton’s work with the U.S. Department of Energy through the Better Buildings Challenge, where they are striving to meet a 20 percent energy savings goal in ten years.

“Hilton is a great leader in energy management in the hospitality industry and is setting a new bar,” said Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy. “DOE looks forward to recognizing Hilton for its achievements as it expands its Better Buildings partnership to pilot the new Superior Energy Performance (SEP) certification program for the hospitality industry.”

Conserving water, energy and embracing sustainable practices are just another way Hilton is spreading warmth and light around the globe, and part of our commitment to the communities we serve. Learn more about Hilton’s latest sustainability efforts here.

Hilton Unveils Industry-Leading Parental Leave Policies

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced parental leave policies that will be the best offered by any major global hospitality company in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The benefits will be available to Team Members at owned and managed hotels and corporate offices(1) with one year of service or greater. Beginning on January 1, 2016, the benefits will include:

• All new parents - including fathers and adoptive parents - will receive two weeks of fully paid parental leave.
• New mothers who give birth will receive an additional eight weeks of maternity leave, for a total of 10 weeks of fully paid leave.

"Our Team Members are at the heart of delivering exceptional experiences to our guests. That's why we are committed to providing them with industry-leading benefits and a culture that supports balancing work and family," said Christopher J. Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton. "As a family-friendly company, we know that parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent."

"This is part of a series of actions that we are planning to implement in order to continue to recruit and retain the best talent and be a great place to work," said Matt Schuyler, Chief Human Resources Officer, Hilton. "We are proud to be at the forefront of driving significant change in our industry by introducing parental leave policies that reflect our strong support for our Team Members and their growing families."

Hilton's parental leave benefits will cover approximately 40,000 Team Members in the United States across the company's owned and managed hotels and corporate offices.

(1)Benefits for union employees shall be governed by the applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Hilton Rolls Out Industry-Leading GED Assistance Program

New Benefit Offers Thousands the Opportunity to Earn their High School Diploma MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced a new industry-leading GED Assistance benefit that will give thousands of eligible Team Members the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency diploma.

Hilton Unveils Industry-Leading Parental Leave Policies

MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) recently celebrated its second annual Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, a global career awareness initiative showcasing the diversity of opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Throughout the month of May, Hilton properties and offices hosted more than 750 events globally totaling 22,365 volunteer hours and reaching more than 90,000 young people. Careers@Hilton Live is just one program in support of the company's Open Doors commitment to impact one million young people around the world by 2019 and better prepare them to reach their full potential.

"Travel and tourism accounts for one in eleven jobs globally and provides tremendous opportunities for job seekers," said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. "Through Careers@Hilton Live, thousands of young people learned more about the meaningful and diverse career pathways available to them. A job in hospitality can be the start of an exciting career for anyone who is passionate about delivering exceptional guest experiences and where the possibilities for growth are endless."

More than 6,300 employees across Hilton's properties and offices hosted a wide array of events, geared toward different hospitality career opportunities. Twelve hotels were recognized for their outstanding events through three awards that highlighted creativity, employee engagement and overall commitment to raising awareness. Hotels hosted events ranging from cooking competitions in the United States, to hospitality boot camps across Italy to career development sessions in Saudi Arabia. Winning hotels include:

Creativity Award:
Hilton Bonn (Germany)
Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach & Resort (California)
Hilton Chennai (India)
Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort, Egypt (Egypt)

Engagement Award:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
Homewood Suites by Hilton Palm Beach Gardens (Florida)
Hilton Reading (United Kingdom)
Hilton Odawara Resort & Spa (Japan)

Commitment Award:
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Ealing (United Kingdom)
Hilton Austin (Texas)
Hilton Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Hilton Doha (Qatar)

This year Hilton also took Careers@HiltonLive online, encouraging participation through Hilton's "Career Concierge" experience. The program invited individuals to submit their questions via Twitter (@HiltonWorldwide) using hashtag #CareersatHiltonLive, or through www.hiltonworldwide.com/youth. Over the course of five weeks, 66 questions were received from 29 countries and answered by 13 Hilton Team Members.

Wrapping up the month, Hilton's own millennial Team Members shared their career advice with other job seekers through a series of videos. From offering top tips for careers in hospitality and achieving work-life balance to sharing their perspectives on leadership and what young people bring to businesses, Team Members provided their own insights on opportunities at Hilton. To view the video series, visit: http://bit.ly/1J7OnLq

To view the Flicker album of photos from the event, visit: http://bit.ly/1NnPXyX

For more information about Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/youth. For information on job opportunities with Hilton, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/careers.

Contacts:
Huw Harrow
Hilton - EMEA
+44 207 856 8035
huw.harrow@hilton.com

Christine Miller
Hilton
+1 901 374 6462
christine.miller@hilton.com