Empire State Pride Agenda Announces Hilton Worldwide Is Among 2014 Equality@Work Award Honorees
Hilton Worldwide, Moody’s and Todd Sears honored in the 11th Annual Equality@Work Awards to celebrate New York companies and individuals that are creating LGBT inclusive workplaces
NEW YORK - The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization, today announced honorees for the 11th annual Equality@Work Awards. This year's honorees represent a diversity of industries and backgrounds encompassing a wide scope of inclusive LGBT policies and practices, and have raised awareness of LGBT issues within companies across New York State.
The 2014 Equality@Work Awards luncheon will take place on Monday, June 16, 2014 at JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Manhattan headquarters. The Equality@Work Awards recognize New York companies and individuals that are creating inclusive work environments that respect, welcome and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) professionals.
- Hilton Worldwide, one of world's most recognized hotel companies, leads the way with all-encompassing non-discrimination policy, benefit, and diversity training. The company supports a number of LGBT organizations around the world and Team Member Resource Groups celebrate the cultures within its diverse workforce. They have also shown their commitment to the LGBT community through their popular "Stay Hilton. Go Out." campaign.
- Moody's LGBTA Employee Resource Group has been effective in positively influencing Moody's workplace culture. Since 2009, Moody's LGBTA ERG has initiated significant benefits enhancements including gross-up reimbursement and transition-related healthcare for transgender employees, implemented extensive educational programs in concert with Moody's Diversity & Inclusion team, increased LGBT awareness and grew its own membership from 25 to more than 175 active members.
- Todd Sears launched the first global LGBT business organization, which has grown to include 20 banks and 19 law firms in three short years. Out Leadership, Todd's strategic advising company has engaged more than 40 global CEOs, more than a thousand corporate and LGBT advocacy senior leaders, and more than 100 emerging leaders in innovative global initiatives that seek to impact business results, develop talent and drive equality forward in the finance, law and insurance industries.
"When corporations, organizations and individuals like these make progressive steps toward more equitable workplaces and communities, it challenges others to do the same," said Empire State Pride Agenda Pride in My Workplace Program Manager Jack Denelsbeck. "Corporate leaders like this year's distinguished honorees share the values of attracting, supporting, motivating and retaining LGBT employees, and making New York the best place for LGBT people to live and work. We celebrate these companies and individuals and look forward to recognizing them formally on June 16."
"As the world's leading hospitality company we provide a warm welcome to the world and celebrate the rich cultures of our team members and across our communities. We believe that travel has a unique ability to enrich and inspire people everywhere. Our vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality begins with a collaborative and supportive workplace for every member of our team," said Matt Schuyler, chief human resources officer, Hilton Worldwide.
"We're honored to receive the Pride Agenda's Equality@Word Award highlighting the accomplishments of the Moody's LGBTA Employee Resource Group," said Thomas Keller, Managing Director, the executive sponsor of the group. "Since its inception, the Moody's LGBTA group has been instrumental in building an inclusive work environment where all Moody's employees feel valued and supported."
"More and more businesses today are recognizing the Return on Equality and the value from fully supported and developed LGBT talent," said Out Leadership founder and principal Todd Sears. "Solving the business challenges of today requires collaborative action and leadership by senior corporate executives and LGBT advocacy groups, like Empire State Pride Agenda."
The Pride Agenda's Equality@Work Awards is the annual celebration of the organization's Pride in My Workplace Program (PIMW), which encourages all sectors of the workforce throughout the State of New York to be free of discrimination and to affirm the presence and contributions of their LGBT employees.
This program develops relationships with employers and builds strong alliances with business leaders to further the goal of achieving equality and justice for all LGBT New Yorkers. Pride in My Workplace provides no-cost technical assistance and partners with businesses and agencies in producing panels and trainings. Members of Pride in My Workplace include LGBT and straight professionals across all workplace sectors.
More information about the Pride Agenda's Equality@Work Awards, including opportunities for sponsorship, can be found at: http://prideagenda.org/equality@work.
About the Empire State Pride Agenda
Founded in 1990, the Empire State Pride Agenda is New York's statewide civil rights and advocacy group committed to achieving full equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) New Yorkers and our families. The Pride Agenda fights for these priorities by: educating policymakers, elected officials and the public; building coalitions and mobilizing allies; lobbying government officials; administering a Political Action Committee; and organizing and empowering the LGBT community. For more information, please visit prideagenda.org.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 85 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.Download Article Photos