2016 Company of the year
Brenda Durham, Senior Vice President & Regional General Counsel for Marriott International, Inc., serves as primary legal counsel for Marriott’s hotels and resorts located throughout the Caribbean and Latina America (CALA). In this capacity she provides guidance to Marriott’s law department group supporting the region. As part of CALA’s senior leadership, Durham plays an active role shaping the strategic objectives for the region. She leads the region’s Owner & Franchisee Team, which is charged with overseeing the process for evaluating and addressing owner and franchisee feedback, insight and guidance.
Durham joined Marriott in 1999 and is Marriott’s senior ranking Latina. Durham has a comprehensive practice that includes (i) negotiating financial, equity, and management agreement transactions, (ii) hotel owner relationship development and dispute resolution, (iii) oversight for Marriott’s international global safety and security matters, (iv) support for asset management transactions, and (v) participation on Marriott’s Human Rights Committee.
In prior roles, Durham served as the primary legal counsel supervising Marriott’s law department group for international global operations providing counsel and oversight to attorneys supporting Asia Pacific, Middle East Africa and the United Kingdom. She also led legal support for the integration of the AC by Marriott branded hotels located in Spain after Marriott acquired the AC Hotel brand in 2011. Durham is a passionate advocate of Marriott’s diversity and inclusion programs. Most recently, in 2015, she participated as a panel member at the CEO Summit of the Americas speaking about Women’s Economic Empowerment.
It was 19 years ago when Anna Maria Arias, founder of LATINA Style Magazine, was inspired to recognize Latinas across the country after she saw the gaps between opportunities. With the assistance of the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and national Hispanic organizations, the LATINA Style 50 Survey was created. The survey has evolved over the years to ensure more opportunities are taken into consideration for Latinas.
This year more companies participated in the LATINA Style 50 report than before. This is due to the impact Latinas are making not only at the companies they work for but in the world. They are known for their hard work and loyalty, and companies are recognizing the value of it more than ever. With the ever-increasing Latina population, more opportunities are opening in the high-ranking positions. This is a result of Latinas who have supported and developed a pipeline for those starting a career.
LATINA Style is proud to recognize companies that support programs that encourage training, mentorship, and promote Latinas within the company. The LATINA Style 50 report is a reflection of those programs that Latinas are looking for when seeking job opportunities. Today, companies that have generated more opportunities for Latinas are listed in the LATINA Style top 50 best companies for Latinas to work for in the U.S.
One of the companies that demonstrate faithfulness to the Latino community is Marriott International, Inc. The company evolves with the mission to encourage the Latino workforce and open more opportunities for the community. This is why over the years Marriott International, Inc. has ranked as the top company for Latinas to work for. Today, LATINA Style honors Marriott International, Inc. as the 2016 LATINA Style company of the year. Congratulations!