Company Values

Diversity & Inclusion

Learn about Starwood’s Supplier Diversity Program.

With 1,175 properties and more than 181,400 associates at our owned and managed properties, we maintain an associate and customer base as diverse as the world's population. Each brand's distinctive appeal affords us a unique position in the global marketplace that caters to travelers of all backgrounds and from almost every culture. Therefore, creating an environment of inclusion for our associates, guests and suppliers isn't just the right thing; it is the very core of our business. Through our unique brand positioning Starwood is able to build an emotional connection with our guests and create a superior service experience for each guest.

Focusing on blending and mining the talents of our associates from around the world and taking care of our guests who frequent our properties is a commitment that begins at the top of our organization but is the shared responsibility of each associate. By creating national partnerships with associations focused on serving the needs and concerns of many types of visible and invisible differences - race, gender and sexual orientation, to name a few - we hope to have far reaching impact by making a difference in the markets in which we operate and for the people that encounter our organization.

Our culture of diversity and inclusion has also been recognized by DiversityInc as one of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” and by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the “Best Places to Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality”.

This is the Starwood way.

U.S. Veterans and Former Military Personnel Recruitment

At Starwood we value, respect, and appreciate the sacrifices of all US veterans and former military personnel who have dedicated their lives to service. We understand that it takes a superior level of courage and commitment to be a public servant. As a leading global hotel company, Starwood seeks to employ the best and brightest talent to maintain our position of excellence in the hospitality industry. At the core of these organizational beliefs lies Starwood’s US Veteran Recruitment Initiative.

We recognize the unique skill set of this experienced candidate pool and are dedicated to encouraging US veterans to consider Starwood as an employer of choice. To further our effort in supporting former military personnel, we offer an Advanced Degree Internship Program to provide valuable work experience and ensure successful career placement.

Starwood welcomes you to explore a promising future with us!

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Partnership Organizations

In our ongoing recruitment effort to assist veterans, Starwood has partnered with the following organizations to serve candidates as they begin a new career chapter: 

  • US Chamber of Commerce, Hiring Our Heroes

  • Department of Labor
  • Hire A Hero


Jeff Cava, EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
I have a tremendous respect and admiration for those who have served in our country’s military. It’s been proven that many of these men and women have mastered the ability to execute, team build, and lead by example. At Starwood, we seek to hire veterans as many of our roles align to their skill sets and capabilities.”

Starwood Veteran Associate Testimonials

Kirby Brendsel, Associate Director, Global Citizenship,Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
“Starwood is a forward-looking company that values diversity and the background that veterans bring to the table.  It offers an opportunity to continue to contribute to a high-performing organization and team where people come to work not because they have to, but because they want to.”

Juan Cardona, Security Officer, Westin Savannah Golf Resort & Spa
“The military helped prepare me for my career at Starwood through the trade skills I learned. I’ve been a SPG member since 2004 and wanted to work for this prestigious organization. Now, I’m part of the risk management’s team and would not hesitate to tell a future veteran candidate what a great choice Starwood is.”

Reggie Woolridge, Director of Operations, The Westin San Francisco Airport
“During my eight years of service in the US Marine Corps, I was privileged to travel throughout the US and abroad. These experiences not only allowed me to fit within with the hospitality industry but to excel. Starwood opens the doors to great opportunities for a veteran to continue utilizing acquired skills and experiences.”