Public-Private Education Partnerships Thrive On Shared Values & Collaboration

Public-Private Education Partnerships Thrive On Shared Values & Collaboration

by Michelle Naggar
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Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 12:30pm

CAMPAIGN: Education for a Sustainable Future


At Starwood, a global hospitality company with more than 1,200 hotels in 100 countries, 10 brands and 180,000 employees around the world, social responsibility is part of who we are and how we do business.

My role is to maximize the benefit that my company brings to the communities where we operate, while minimizing any harm from our operations. One way we have done this is through our focus on skills development. Starwood has a long history of taking talented, entry-level associates and cultivating them into larger roles within the company. During the last few years, Starwood’s Social Responsibility team has had the privilege of bringing this idea of skills cultivation from inside the company, out into our communities.

We’ve done this through our Workplace Readiness program, where we provide underserved or underemployed individuals with the skills training and opportunities they need to get and keep good jobs. We know that skills training is vital for our business and for the communities where we operate. We also know that we can’t do it alone.

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Michelle Naggar is the Vice President of Social Responsibility at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., within the Global Citizenship department, based at Starwood’s Corporate Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.  Michelle also serves as the President of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc., and President of the Starwood Associate Relief Fund, Inc. Michelle leads the social responsibility efforts for the company and respective Foundations including philanthropy, social governance, disaster response, charitable partnerships and employee engagement programs.

CATEGORY: Education