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Top Companies Spotlight Winner: Hyatt Regency Phoenix Celebrates Diversity

July 16, 2013

Top Companies Spotlight Winner :

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Celebrates Diversity

Taking pride in meaningful employment

BY GREMLYN BRADLEY-WADDELL
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Shannon Damazio works to ensure that the culture of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is a diverse and inclusionary one.

“Diversity is the mix and inclusion is making the mix work,” says Damazio, recruitment manager for the downtown Phoenix landmark, which was recognized as an Employer in Support of the Guard and Reserve by the Arizona Committee for ESGR and a Mature Worker Friendly Employer by the Office of the Arizona Governor.

To ensure the hotel is recruiting individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, Damazio partners with non- profit organizations, educational institutions and federally funded programs. Last year she attended a dozen recruitment events and hosted a “Recruiter Summit” this spring. She also partners with organizations like the Department of Economic Security, U.S. Veteran’s Initiative and House of Hope to lead workshops in an effort to assist job seekers in finding meaningful employment. The hotel even offered a summer job program last summer for low-income high school students and hosted 15 Valley eighth-graders who shadowed the culinary team for a day.

“We want to reach out and communicate all the opportunities that are here,” Damazio says.

Read the full article as it appeared in the June 23rd, 2013 Arizona Republic click here. 

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