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8 island vacations you can take without leaving the country

By The Hub team

We love jetting off to a remote island for the week. But the whole standing in line at customs thing? Not so much. Plan a low-maintenance vacation to one of these eight gorgeous islands in the U.S. You don't even need one of those little adapter thingies for your hair dryer.

CAPTIVA, FLORIDA

Sometimes you just want to kick back on a beach chair and relax with your new book for a week straight. Check out the soft, sandy beaches of Captiva, a quiet island in the Gulf of Mexico. It's so laid back, there aren't even any traffic lights.

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island

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JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA

What was once a haven for America's wealthiest families (what's up, Morgans, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts?), this island off the Georgia coast is a fascinating mash-up of historic mansions, amazing nature and wildlife (check out Driftwood Beach above) and new-school resorts.

Horse grazing on Chincoteague Island

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CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA

If you somehow missed reading Misty of Chincoteague in middle school, you owe yourself a trip to see the wild ponies, which have lived on the island for centuries, in action. Yep, the beach on this island is part of a 14,000-acre National Wildlife Refuge, so a random horse might wander past you while you're sunbathing. Just go with it.

the bright blue ocean in St. John

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ST. JOHN, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

This stunning Caribbean paradise is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, so you can get there without even pulling out your passport. Over half of the island is preserved by a national park, so even popular beaches like Trunk Bay are sparkling clean.

Fields of purple lavender at Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Visit San Juan Islands

SAN JUAN ISLANDS, WASHINGTON

OK, this is technically an archipelago, or group of islands, and if you're looking for white sand beaches, you won't find them here. But once you go whale watching at Lime Kiln Point State Park and get a whiff of the massive Pelindaba Lavender Farm, you won't be missing that piña colada one bit.

Boats docked at Mackinac Island

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MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN

Located in the straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, this tiny island doesn't allow cars, but you'll see plenty of tourists and residents traveling the 18-mile island by bike or horseback. If you need us, we'll be at the Pink Pony.

Golf course in Hilton Head

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HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA

It's a popular destination for golfers, but even if you don't know the difference between a putter and a wedge, there's a ton to do in this sleepy Southern island draped with Spanish moss. Hang out on picturesque Coligny Beach, then go for a sunset bike ride along the surf.

Lighthouse on the beach in Nantucket

Brass Lantern Inn

NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS

This charming 30-mile island off of Cape Cod is a popular destination for vacationing celebs and presidents (the Clintons, Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore and Sharon Stone, just to name a few), but we love it because it's like being inside a living postcard, with breathtaking photo ops at every turn. New Instagram profile photo, here we come.

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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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