MARCH 22, 2018


Stephanie Linnartz featured on ForbesBooks Radio


On the lookout for a great podcast? We’ve got something you’ll want to add to your playlist ASAP. Our very own Stephanie Linnartz was interviewed on ForbesBooks Radio and will be a regular contributor for the station (makin’ us proud!).


In the first interview, Stephanie opens up about loving her job and defines the true meaning of hospitality. The second episode focuses on women’s empowerment and how she finds balance in the midst of the work. She even shares her top three priorities in life, and one may surprise you. The next segment will focus on luxury and lifestyle (oh la la!), so be sure to tune in! 



Marriott International recognized at the Great Place to Work For All Summit


It was a perfect blend of business and pleasure at the

15th Annual Great Place to Work® For All™ Summit. Over 1,000 top leaders from over 360 companies headed to San Francisco from March 7–9 to focus on “The Future of Work through Putting People First.” The conference was all about exploring the cutting-edge innovations in leadership, technology, and partnerships. Stephanie Linnartz and David Rodriguez took part in a panel discussion, and Stephanie later accepted an award for the company’s recognition as one of the 2017 “Best Workplaces For Women.”


International Women’s Day occurred during the event, and Marriott International hosted an evening charged with women’s empowerment. The company sponsored a rockin’ 45-minute concert with famed singer Colbie Caillat. Ending the night was DJ Reese, an uber-talented female DJ with 10+ years in the biz, spinning tunes and keeping the dancefloor packed. Check out some of our fave pics below! 




JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa to host 2018 Venice FOOD & WINE Festival


Got some PTO and not sure how to use it? Well, keep on reading because we just might have the perfect indulgence for you travel enthusiasts and foodies. The 2018 Venice FOOD & WINE Festival is May 3–6 at the award-winning JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, and this has “bucket-list” written all over it.


Imagine a weekend of exclusive events showcasing the finest Italian cuisine and wine, all brought to life with cooking demos, interactive classes, and tastings. Internationally-celebrated chefs and sommeliers will wine and dine you amidst the backdrop of the picturesque private island of Isola delle Rose.


With that being said, you’re cordially invited to attend and get a taste of The JW Treatment®! Start by visiting the event site, and packing your bags! 





West Elm hosts gallery wall design workshop for Rewards members


Peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, West Elm® and SpringHill Suites. Gotta love a beautiful partnership. West Elm design experts invited Rewards members to their D.C. and NYC stores to get tips on how to create their very own gallery wall. Not familiar? A gallery wall is a fun way to create a statement in any room with paintings, photos, and personal mementos. Attendees learned how to select the perfect images and position them just right to create a wall fit for any high-end gallery.


All that creative thinking made guests hungry, so they took a post-design break by enjoying a delicious brunch at the store and took home $100 gift cards to both West Elm and Springhill Suites.


To top it off, the West Elm design expert installed a gallery wall at each Rewards member's home! Talk about an HGTV experience! 









Rewards members sang karaoke “in the shower” at Dubai Jazz Festival


The Marriott International loyalty programs were a key sponsor of the popular 2018 Dubai Jazz Festival, and hosted an exclusive VIP lounge that was the place to see and be seen (and heard!). They had crowds lined up for a chance to belt out their favorite tunes in the VIP lounge’s karaoke shower. The lounge was a-buzz with energy and laughter as guests rocked branded glasses and applauded each other’s singing skills with plastic “clappers.”


We got a bit teary-eyed when several lucky vocalists found out they got VIP access to the festival (sweet mom/daughter moment warning). A couple even got to meet the one and only Ricky Martin! Talk about “Livin’ La Vida Loca!” Check out sounds and sights from the event in this video. (password: Marriott) 





Westin repurposes discarded Heavenly bed linens to create pajamas for children in need


We know Westin is committed to wellness and has a passion for sleep and they’ve recently partnered with Clean the World and Delivering Good to give the gift of sleep beyond its hotel walls. They initiated an unprecedented sustainability program called Project Rise: ThreadForward to repurpose those plush Heavenly Bed linens and transform them into pajamas for children in need whose circumstances in life can contribute to shortened and more fragmented sleep.


Want to support this heart-warming project? Purchase a set of pajamas on the Westin Store site. You can also donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, and children’s books at the Marriott HQ associate entrance until April 16. These items will be used to create sleep kits along with the pajamas to encourage these children to form healthy bedtime routines. Learn more about the initiative in the video below! 





Contributors for this edition: Erin Shaffer, Ashley Jacobs, Sina Laubli,

Catherine Flint, and Hillary Donovan

BMSC Communications