The Day Off: Boulder, Colorado - United Hub

The day off: Boulder, Colorado

By The Hub team

Story by Lauren Vespoli | Hemispheres, August 2018

While Boulder has a reputation for being a crunchy college town, it's also a rising tech hub that's home to a new $131 million Google campus, Twitter and IBM offices, and a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration lab and National Weather Service forecast center. No matter what business brings you to Boulder, here's how to make the most of your day off.

9 a.m.

Start with breakfast at Santo, where Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg offers a menu that celebrates the cuisine of Northern New Mexico. Haute dishes such as mezcal- cured salmon tostadas are reserved for weekend brunch, but takeout breakfast burritos—stuffed with eggs, tater tots, beans, and red and green chiles—are available weekday mornings.

Breakfast burrito at Santo in Boulder.

10 a.m.

Get a hike in at Chautauqua Park, which offers 40 miles of trails through the jagged Flatiron Mountains. Follow the Woods Quarry trail to take in sweeping views of the city below from one of the stone “chairs" that were built by other enterprising hikers.

1:30 p.m.

Refuel at the ornate Dushanbe Teahouse, which was given to Boulder in 1998 by sister city Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Look up for the mesmerizingly intricate Persian-style ceiling carvings, which are the handiwork of more than 40 Tajik artists, and be sure to order the plov, a traditional rice dish, along with one of the more than 80 teas on offer from around the world.

Dushanbe Teahouse in Boulder, Colorado

3 p.m.

On the four-block pedestrian Pearl Street Mall, browse hygge-approved home goods at Alpine Modern and hand-made leather bags at by elke, where you can watch Elke Bergeron craft her limited-run collections.

Leather bags at by elke at Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

5:30 p.m.

For happy hour, head to Rayback Collective—a food truck park/food hall inside a former plumbing supply building—and order a flight of Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, including flavors such as Alpine Lavender and Savory Peach. According to Rowdy Mermaid founder Jamba Dunn, Boulder's altitude and climate make for less acidic, more drinkable kombucha.

Rayback Collective, Boulder, Colorado

8 p.m.

While not a white-tablecloth type of town, Boulder is home to one of Colorado's most decorated restaurants: two-time James Beard Award winner Frasca Food and Wine, which celebrates the cuisine of Friuli, a mountainous region in northeast Italy. The pillowy agnolotti, served with fontina and truffle, is a must. (If you can't get a reservation, opt for a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza next door, at the Frasca team's Pizzeria Locale.)

Pasta at Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder

10 p.m.

End the night with s'mores around the fire at Basecamp Boulder, a hip reimagining of a mountain lodge with 50 rooms and an in-house bouldering wall.

Basecamp Boulder in Boulder, Colorado

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Celebrating immigration perspectives and diverse journeys

By The Hub team, September 25, 2020

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a chance to pay tribute to the history, culture and contributions that generations of Latinxs have paved to enrich U.S. history. It is also a reminder to celebrate our differences and spark difficult, yet important, conversations.

To kick off the month, UNITE, our multicultural business resource group for employees, did just that by hosting a panel discussion about the immigrant experience and what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.

United Litigation and Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, who is a pro bono immigration attorney, moderated the panel, and was joined by Ashley Huebner, Associate Director of Legal Services at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Magdalena Gonzalez, Program Manager, Leadership Development Programs at Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. The three women shared their insights and personal stories, while addressing some misconceptions and highlighting the contributions of immigrants to our company and country.

Participants' headshots from United's Hispanic Heritage Month Panel From left to right, Elizabeth Lopez, Ashely Huebner and Magdalena Gonzalez

"I started to notice that there were things I was scared of doing, that I needed to be cautious," said Magdalena while sharing her personal experience as a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. "My friends, who a majority of them are citizens, did not need to worry about that. As I was able to see that, I realized that, 'oh, there's so many things that revolve around not just being a DACA recipient but revolve around being a person with an undocumented status here in the United States.'"

United maintains a close relationship with the NIJC. In May of 2019, United co-hosted an asylum clinic put on by the legal services organization, where several attorneys and legal professionals were trained on representing asylum-seeking applicants. At the end of the clinic, members of our legal department were assigned an asylum case through the NIJC.

Litigation Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, Commercial Transactions Counsel Tiffany Jaspers, Global Compliance and Ethics Counsel Nancy Jacobson and Employment Litigation Senior Manager Dorothy Karpierz were partnered with attorneys from the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery to take on an immigration case of a mother of three from Honduras. Recently, after a years-long court battle, the legal team was victorious, changing the life of the woman and her family.

United is committed to connecting people and uniting the world. Whether you're an immigrant, a child of immigrants or simply want to learn more about the immigrant experience in the U.S., discussions like these, related to this hot-button issue, are important to have in order to understand the human lives behind it.

Make your voice heard

By Brett J. Hart, September 22, 2020

Your voice matters. Voting is one of the most influential civic activities we can engage in as Americans. At United, our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. That's why we've long provided our employees with resources to help them get registered to vote.

This year, we're taking our support a step further as the official airline of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Since the start of the pandemic, we've overhauled our cleaning measures through a program we call United CleanPlusSM , and the CPD has placed their trust in United to fly Commission production staff to each of the four debates, starting with the first one on September 29, hosted by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we also want to make sure our customers have access to information about how to participate in the 2020 Election. Over the past several months, you've heard a lot from us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed air travel. We've learned that with some planning and extra effort, it's still possible — and safe. That's true of voting, too.

No matter which party you support or how you're planning to vote, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and make a plan to vote.


Brett J. Hart
United Airlines

United named to Year Up Opportunity Hall of Fame

By The Hub team, September 17, 2020

Since its launch 20 years ago, Year Up, one of our critical needs grant recipients, has helped more than 10,000 young adults gain access to corporate business and technical experience at large companies like United while offering the invaluable perspectives they bring with them.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit inducted United into its Opportunity Hall of Fame – a selection that occurs once every five years.

Year Up's mission is to help close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Since 2018, our partnership has allowed talented student learners the opportunity to gain corporate business experience and technical skill training at the airline while bringing their unique perspectives to our United family and culture. One of those students is Emily Lopez, who graduated from the Year Up program in January 2019 and was hired to be part of the United family as an analyst in Revenue Management.

"I moved from Venezuela to the United States in July 2016 and being a young immigrant with no resources can be difficult to pursue a career in a new country," said Emily.

After learning about Year Up and ultimately being accepted into the program, Emily landed an internship with United, an opportunity she is very grateful for.

Emily Lopez - Analyst, Pricing & Revenue Management

"Feedback from my mentors, coaches and managers was key during my internship phase and helped me convert my internship at United to a full-time position. I am grateful for the opportunity United has provided me and my Year Up Alumni colleagues to keep building a professional career within the company. I am so excited to continue building a professional career with the company and to see United being inducted to Year Up's Hall of Fame. Let's continue closing the opportunity divide!" said Emily.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has made this year's partnership a bit more difficult, we continue to do our part to support the Year Up student learners. Last month, we surprised 145 graduates of this year's Year Up Chicago program with roundtrip tickets to pursue career and networking opportunities within the United States.

"I've been personally honored and inspired to be an advocate for Year Up since I joined United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "This program gives young people from challenged backgrounds an opportunity to get their foot in the door as interns at United. This year's graduates are entering a challenging job landscape, but we have one thing that can help: a route network that provides easy access to major business markets across the United States."

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