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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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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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