The Picturesque Views of Oregon - United Hub

The picturesque views of Oregon

By Ryan Hood

By Social Media Platform & Development Assistant Manager Ryan Hood

My mom and I each had the next five days off and clothes packed for moderate temperatures. What we didn't have was any clue where we'd be going.

A couple hours and countless destination ideas later, we ended up bound for San Francisco. We've both spent a lot of time in the Bay Area, so instead decided to change course and head to Oregon for a scenic road trip throughout the state.

We got a few hours of sleep after our early-morning arrival into San Francisco and then took the first flight to Medford, Oregon, and what a scenic approach that is. Little did we know, that flight was setting the tone for the entire trip.

We rented a car and took off for the coast. We drove up and down the Samuel H. Boardman scenic corridor, which is very appropriately named. We spent that night in Brookings, Oregon (population: not many) and had some delicious seafood.

Early the next morning, we hit the road, driving back east, headed for Crater Lake. Most of the trails were closed because a majority of the snow had yet to melt, but the lake itself was still a very cool sight. Oregon's natural beauty was just getting started impressing us.

Deschutes National Forest toward Bend, Oregon

After lunch, we drove north, through Deschutes National Forest toward Bend, Oregon. I've done a lot of the stereotypical bucket list drives, and none of them could even hold a candle to this one. We pulled over multiple times, overwhelmed by how gorgeous our surroundings were. I highly recommend this drive.

Bend was a very cool area – good vibe, good breweries, good views. The hike to nearby Tumalo Falls was easy, and like everything else in this state, beautiful.

The next day we headed toward Trillium Lake and Mount Hood (great name). Looking out across the lake seeing people fishing, with the mountain in the background, was yet another postcard-worthy view, and well worth the walk down through two miles of matted snow in Nikes.

Rowena Crest, Oregon

We stopped at nearby Apple Valley BBQ afterwards, and I'd also recommend this spot. Get the brisket. From there, we headed west along the Columbia River Gorge, stopping at Rowena Crest, Crown Point and Multnomah Falls, each of which was, you guessed it, also very picturesque.

Next stop: Portland. I enjoyed being out in nature more than I enjoyed this city, but at least the food was delicious. Meal-wise, it's hard to beat a day consisting of breakfast at Voodoo Doughnut, lunch at The Grilled Cheese Grill food truck, dinner at Jake's Famous Crawfish and drinks at Deschutes Brewery.

Football field at the University of Oregon

We then headed south to Eugene, home to the University of Oregon. Nice campus and amazing athletic facilities. And hey, if you're lucky, one of the football stadium gates might just be slightly open and you'll randomly end up on the field. Just saying.

After a nice day in Eugene, we flew from there to San Francisco, and then back to Chicago. More than 900 miles on the rental car later, we each had a new favorite domestic destination.

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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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