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Weekend inspiration: Coronado Island

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

San Diego has become our West Coast home away from home. It's where we come to relax and rest by the sea. Recently we were able to spend a good amount of time on the island of Coronado, just outside of downtown San Diego.

Coronado Island has a hip, yet warm and friendly small-town vibe and as you walk around the downtown area, you feel as though you've stepped back into the 1950s.

If you find yourself in the area for a few days, here are some of our favorite things to do.

Friday night

If you're looking to stay in an iconic spot, look no further than Hotel Del Coronado. Known as San Diego's best full-service beachfront hotel, this hotel has been around for over 130 years.

Hotel Del Coronado

Their new beach village is right on the ocean, fully updated and away from the heavy crowds that occupy the main hotel areas.

After checking in, walk down the street to LeRoy's Kitchen and Lounge for dinner. They have a great happy hour deal from 3:00-6:00 p.m. with refreshing specialty cocktails. Their farm-to-table approach to food keeps their ingredients local and sustainable, and their deviled eggs with chutney are a must.

As you walk back toward the hotel, stop in the cute shops and boutiques up and down Orange Avenue.

Saturday

There's nothing better than getting up in the morning and enjoying the ocean breeze. Head north on the ocean sidewalk towards Coronado's famous dog beach. A frolicking herd of dogs are the best remedy for anything ailing you.

For breakfast, walk up Orange Avenue and stop by Clayton's Coffee Shop for their incredible acai bowls. Try to get there when they open because a line tends to form on the weekend.

Collection of shells at Silver Strand State Beach

One of our favorite Montague family past-times is shell hunting and the shelling at Silver Strand State Beach on Coronado is legendary. It was even voted one of the top 10 shelling beaches in the country according to Travel & Leisure magazine. Grab a windbreaker (it can get pretty windy out there), a canvas bag to keep your treasures and go hunting. We've found stunning shells on this beach including cockles, limpets, scallops and sand dollars.

After you've worked up an appetite, make your way up the beach to the best grass-fed burger bar you'll ever find — Burger Lounge — a Southern California staple.

Beach near Hotel Del Coronado

Relax after lunch by swimming in the pool at Hotel Del Coronado or in the ocean. If you don't feel like getting into a swimsuit after a burger (we get it) go to Coronado's tide pools to check out Southern California's marine life. These tide pools are visible during low tide in front of the hotel.

For dinner, we recommend Lobster West Coronado along Orange Avenue. We believe their fresh lobster rivals the East Coast's. After dinner, check out Coronado's Summer Concert Series at Spreckles Park to see if anyone is playing.

Sunday

Looking for a different take on breakfast? Night and Day Café offers some yummy Mexican breakfast options including stellar huevos rancheros.

If you're up for some sea adventures, we highly recommend heading over to Seaforth Boat Rentals to hire a boat or yacht tour around the island. If you've never paddle boarded, give SUP Coronado a call and book a time to take a class and a tour on one of their paddleboards. The calm waters between the island and the mainland often make for perfect paddle boarding conditions.

For lunch, stop by Coronado Brewing Company for wood-fired pizza and a barrel-aged German chocolate cake brew for dessert.

After lunch, jump on a ferry over to the Gaslamp Quarter on the mainland. Make sure to keep your phone out for awesome views of the city on your way over.

Dragaonfly flock art mural in Horton Plaza Park

In the Gaslamp Quarter, stop by Horton Plaza Park to check out our art mural. One side is a dragonfly flock you can appear to be "letting go" of up the wall. On the other side you can stand under an upside-down San Diego cityscape. If you put your hands up towards some of taller buildings and then flip the picture, it looks like you're doing a handstand on the tallest buildings in San Diego.

From there, grab an Uber over to the San Diego Seaport for cute touristy shops and stellar guacamole at Puesto in the Headquarters area. Kelsey's movable sea creature winged mural is usually stationed in the adjoining courtyard, so keep your eyes out for it.

For dinner, we think the two best places in town are Ironside in Little Italy or Seersucker restaurant in the Gaslamp. You can't go to Ironside without getting their bread appetizer, but if you're staying away from carbs, Seersucker has great options, including an amazing steak.

As you ferry back to Coronado Island, grab a few last photos of San Diego — our favorite California city by the sea.

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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.

Best,

Brett J. Hart
President
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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