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The Day Off: Singapore

By Hemispheres Magazine, December 01, 2019

If you’ve ever done business in Southeast Asia, you’ve probably been to Singapore, a global financial center that’s home to one of the world’s busiest ports and its best airport. Here’s how to make the most of a day off in the Lion City.

10 a.m.

Start your day in the historic Malay enclave Kampong Glam. For your spiritual side, step into the Masjid Sultan, a gold-domed mosque that can accommodate 5,000 worshippers; for your materialistic side, do a lap of boutique-lined Haji Lane and queue up for an iced latte with your portrait on top at Selfie Coffee.

12 p.m.

Take a 10-minute cab ride to The Intan, an appointment-only museum in Joo Chiat. Owner Alvin Yapp has spent 30 years amassing collectibles from the Peranakan (mixed-race descendants of migrant Chinese workers and local women) community, and he’ll tell you about the culture as you peruse his beaded shoes and ornate wedding altars.

1:30 p.m.

No visit to Singapore is complete without a meal at one of its 100-plus hawker centers, so head to Chinatown’s Maxwell Food Centre. Be sure to order from the Ah Tan Wings, Empress Place Beef Kway Teow, and Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cakes stalls, but the true can’t-miss is the national dish, Hainanese chicken rice, from the Ah Tai or Tian Tian stand.

3 p.m.

Spitting distance from the Maxwell Centre—if spitting were legal here—is the Six Senses Maxwell, a 138-room boutique hotel comprised of 14 prewar shophouses. Get a Tibetan-inspired singing bowl welcome at check-in, then borrow one of the 3,000 books in the Cook and Tras Social Library to take up to your room for a little pre-nap reading.

5 p.m.

Hop the MRT to the National Gallery Singapore and spend an hour appreciating Southeast Asian paintings before dinner at National Kitchen by Violet Oon. The restaurant’s jade-green decor is worthy of its museum setting, and its menu offers upscale takes on local classics. Don’t pass on the beef rendang, a richly spicy Peranakan curry.

7 p.m.

A 20-minute walk along the marina, over the Helix Bridge and past the Marina Bay Sands, delivers you to the futuristic Gardens by the Bay. Take the elevator to the seventh story of the Cloud Forest conservatory, and then follow the circular walkways down through orchids, educational exhibits, and the mist of a 115-foot waterfall. Afterward, catch a light show in the famed Supertree Grove.

9 p.m.

Wind down at The Old Man—a Hemingway-themed Chinatown spot that was recently ranked 38th on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Sip a The Sun Also Rises #1926 (fat-washed applejack, curry leaf–infused gin, sous-vide sweet vermouth, and kaffir lime) while you think how you and Singapore had such a damned good time together.

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Jessica Kimbrough named Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

By The Hub team, July 10, 2020

Jessica Kimbrough, currently Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, will take on the new role of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Managing Director.

Jessica assumes this new and expanded position to focus on global inclusion and equity as part of our enhanced commitment to ensure best practices across the business to strengthen our culture.

In this role, Jessica will be responsible for helping United redefine our efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion – ensuring that our programs and approach are strategic, integrated and outcome-oriented, while we continue to build a culture that reflects our core values. She will report to Human Resources and Labor Relations EVP Kate Gebo.

"Jessica's appointment to this role is another critical step our executive team is taking to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion remains a top priority at United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "Given her drive, experience and commitment to champion collaboration and allyship among our employee business resource groups, she is uniquely qualified to take on this position and I look forward to working closely with her."

As Labor Relations and Legal Strategy Managing Director, Jessica worked closely with senior management to create and maintain positive labor relations among our unionized workforce, providing counsel on labor litigation, negotiations, contract administration, organizing issues and managing attorneys who represent United in labor relations. Previously, she served as Labor and Employment Counsel in our legal department.

Jessica has a passion for creating a pipeline of diverse lawyers and leaders, and was honored as one of Chicago Defender's "Women of Excellence" for excellence in her career and civic engagement in 2017. She currently serves as President of uIMPACT, our women's employee business resource group.

Jessica's new role is effective immediately.

United Cargo and logistics partners keep critical medical shipments moving

By The Hub team, July 02, 2020

By working together and strengthening partnerships during these unprecedented times, our global community has overcome challenges and created solutions to keep the global supply chain moving. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the shipping landscape, United and our industry partners have increasingly demonstrated our commitment to the mission of delivering critical medical supplies across the world.

United Cargo has partnered with DSV Air and Sea, a leading global logistics company, to transport important pharmaceutical materials to places all over the world. One of the items most critical during the current crisis is blood plasma.

Plasma is a fragile product that requires very careful handling. Frozen blood plasma must be kept at a very low, stable temperature of negative 20 degrees Celsius or less – no easy task considering it must be transported between trucks, warehouses and airplanes, all while moving through the climates of different countries. Fortunately, along with our well-developed operational procedures and oversight, temperature-controlled shipping containers from partners like va-Q-tec can help protect these sensitive blood plasma shipments from temperature changes.

A single TWINx shipping container from va-Q-tec can accommodate over 1,750 pounds of temperature-sensitive cargo. Every week, DSV delivers 20 TWINx containers, each one filled to capacity with human blood plasma, for loading onto a Boeing 787-9 for transport. The joint effort to move thousands of pounds of blood plasma demonstrates that despite the distance, challenges in moving temperature-sensitive cargo and COVID-19 obstacles, we continue to find creative solutions with the help of our strong partnerships.

United Cargo is proud to keep the commercial air bridges open between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Since March 19, we have operated over 3,200 cargo-only flights between six U.S. hubs and over 20 cities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, India, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Celebrating Juneteenth

By United Airlines, June 18, 2020

A message from UNITE, United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group

Fellow United team members –

Hello from the UNITE leadership team. While we communicate frequently with our 3,500 UNITE members, our platform doesn't typically extend to the entire United family, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts with all of you.

Tomorrow is June 19. On this day in 1865, shortened long ago to "Juneteenth," Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. For many in the African-American community, particularly in the South, it is recognized as the official date slavery ended in the United States.

Still, despite the end of slavery, the Constitutional promise that "All men are created equal" would overlook the nation's Black citizens for decades to come. It wasn't until nearly a century later that the Civil Rights Act (1964) ended legal segregation and the Voting Rights Act (1965) protected voting rights for Black Americans. But while the nation has made progress, the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd have made it undeniably clear that we still have a lot of work to do to achieve racial parity and inclusion.

Two weeks ago, Scott and Brett hosted a virtual town hall and set an important example by taking a minute, as Brett said, "to lower my guard, take off my armor, and just talk to you. And talk to you straight from the heart."

Difficult conversations about race and equity are easy to avoid. But everyone needs to have these conversations – speaking honestly, listening patiently and understanding that others' experiences may be different from your own while still a valid reflection of some part of the American experience.

To support you as you consider these conversations, we wanted to share some resources from one of United's partners, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum will host an all-day Virtual Juneteenth Celebration to recognize Juneteenth through presentations, stories, photographs and recipes. The museum also has a portal that United employees can access called Talking About Race, which provides tools and guidance for everyone to navigate conversations about race.

Our mission at UNITE is to foster an inclusive working environment for all of our employees. While we are hopeful and even encouraged by the widespread and diverse show of support for African Americans around the country – and at United - we encourage everyone to spend some time on Juneteenth reflecting on racial disparities that remain in our society and dedicating ourselves to the work that still must be done to fight systemic racism. By honoring how far we've come and honestly acknowledging how far we still must go, we believe United – and the incredible people who are the heart and soul of this airline - can play an important role in building a more fair and just world.

Thank you,

UNITE (United Airlines Multicultural Business Resource Group)

Leadership Team

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