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12 L.A. tourist activities that are worth seeing

By The Hub team, March 23, 2017

Ever notice how happy those people strolling Hollywood Boulevard look? That's because they're experiencing our fair city as a tourist attraction. And you can, too. See our list of 12 must-do activities and embrace your inner tourist.

Have Drinks at the Chateau Marmont

The founder of Columbia Pictures said, “If you must get in trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont." So follow in the footsteps (within limits) of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jim Morrison and Lindsay Lohan and settle into the lobby lounge for a Negroni.

L.A. Conservancy

Join a Walking Tour

Los Angeles has so much cool and kooky architecture, but do you know the stories behind your skyline? The L.A. Conservancy offers weekly tours that explore everything from Union Station to Art Deco across the city. In short: It's basically going to jazz up your Instagram, big-time.

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

Sure, Griffith Park trails are newly re-opened, but the real tourist experience is starting from the Griffith Observatory's parking lot and taking the easy three-mile hike upward. That way, every time you see the sign in the distance, you'll remember that awesome day you conquered it.

Ginormous Museum Rock

Walk Under That Ginormous Museum Rock

Who says fine art isn't thrilling? Walk under “Levitated Mass," the 340-ton stone suspended over a walkway just outside LACMA, and feel like you're living on the edge.

Marilyn Monroe's grave

Visit a Celebrity Grave

Repeat after us: It's not macabre; it's homage! Marilyn Monroe is buried at the tiny and beautifully maintained Pierce Brothers Westwood Village alongside other celebs including Dean Martin, Natalie Wood and many more.

Try a Spiritual Exercise

We're not suggesting you join a cult or anything. But there's a whole new breed of tourist who flocks to our yoga retreats and follows their gurus here. Make like them and try the big om with meditation or Kundalini yoga.

Rooftop bar on the 16 floor Art Deco building

Enjoy a Rooftop Sunset

Want to slow down and really see the city from a fresh perspective? Try sitting on the rooftop of a 16 floor Art Deco building, sipping a signature cocktail of gin and lime juice laced with cucumber and jalapeño, while the sun is sinking behind the tall buildings.

Paramount Pictures Studio

Do the Paramount Studio Tour

You've driven by it a million times, but wouldn't the movie lover in you like to see the huge soundstages, movie props and fake locations (look, it's a New York City street!) behind the glam entry arches?

Bike Around the L.A. Boardwalk

You know all those chill peeps with the wind in their hair, piloting a beach cruiser on the boardwalk between Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier? That could be you, with a rental bike and an hour to kill.

Fountain Coffee Room in L.A.

Grab Coffee at the Beverly Hills Hotel

The Fountain Coffee Room's signature banana leaf wallpaper and retro-cool (ahem, calorie-laden) menu will take you back to the '50s. It's the perfect gossip sesh location with your bestie.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Visit a Theme Park

You can still ride roller coasters, but these days, theme parks are more about the fangirl than being flung upside down at high speeds. Universal Studios Hollywood is scratching the itch of the J. K. Rowling fan in all of us with its newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Accio fun!

Stroll Beverly Gardens Park

You know that 1.9-acre park you've always admired as you've been inching along Santa Monica Boulevard between West Hollywood and Century City? Do yourself a favor—pull over and enjoy outdoor installations including Yayoi Kasama's crazy tulips sculpture and the tourist favorite “Beverly Hills" sign.

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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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