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April 19, 2022

151 Leading with Grit, Clarity and Empathy with Marriott International President Stephanie Linnartz | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker

151 Leading with Grit, Clarity and Empathy with Marriott International President Stephanie Linnartz | Greater Washington DC DMV Changemaker
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In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Stephanie Linnartz, President of Marriott International, Inc., the world's largest hospitality company. Stephanie Linnartz shares the role her upbringing played in her seeking a career at Marriott and how she rose through the ranks in the organization. Stephanie also shares the devastating impact of the pandemic alongside losing the organization's beloved CEO, Arne Sorenson, and how the leadership team was able to stay focused on their values through the most challenging days of the pandemic. Stephanie Linnartz also shared Marriott's commitment to ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) goals and examples of what the organization is doing to follow through on the commitments while growing.

Some highlights:

- Stephanie Linnartz's upbringing and passion for taking care of 

- Rising at Marriott International

- How Stephanie Linnartz and Marriott's senior team handled the worst of the crisis

- Losing a beloved CEO in Arne Sorenson and lessons learned

- Stephanie Linnartz on why companies are defined by how they deal with a crisis

- Organizational purpose and how to live it

- Stephanie Linnartz on the future of work and travel

- Marriott and Stephanie's commitment to greater equity and diversity

- Stephanie on the need for self-renewal and reinvention

Mentioned in this episode:

- Judy Samuelson, Founder and Executive Director of Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (Listen to Judy’s episode on Partnering Leadership)

- Rishad Tobaccowala, Author of Restoring the Soul of Business (Listen to Rishad’s episode on Partnering Leadership)

- Ranjay Gulati, Professor at Harvard Business School (Listen to Ranjay’s episode on Partnering Leadership)

Connect with Stephanie Linnartz:

Marriott Hotels

Marriott International on Facebook

Marriott International on Twitter

Marriott International on LinkedIn

Stephanie Linnartz on LinkedIn

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