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Weekend inspiration: Denver

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Booming with new residents, restaurants, bars, outdoor activities and even the sports scene, Denver is definitely worth a visit.

As fourth generation native Coloradans, we are proud of our state and the rate it continues to grow. Whenever our friends come into town for the weekend, here's our snapshot of the best this city has to offer.

Friday evening

If you're looking for a great boutique hotel experience, check out the new Born hotel in the LoDo neighborhood. It's central to everything you'll need to see in Denver, and the rooms are modern with luxurious bathtubs. If you need a lift around town, they have a state-of-the-art Tesla car with a driver to get you wherever you need to go.

If you're looking for a turn-of-the-century charmer, check out The Oxford Hotel. This stunner of a building is the oldest hotel in Denver and is rumored to be haunted. Their restaurant, Urban Farmer, has arguably the best steaks in Denver, and their bar, the Cruise Room, makes you feel like you've stepped back into the 1920s.

After you get settled, head to the Union Station area and grab dinner at Kimbal Musk's (yep — Elon's brother) restaurant, The Kitchen. The food is farm-to-table, the seafood is sustainable and the location can't be beat.

After you've eaten, head over to the Cruise Room in The Oxford Hotel for a prohibition style cocktail — the best in town, in our opinion. Or, if you want to go somewhere fancier, make a reservation and go to the slightly hidden bar on the second floor of Union Station's main hall, Cooper Lounge.

Snooze restaurant

Saturday morning

The next morning, we recommend waking up early and grabbing breakfast at Colorado's favorite brunch spot, Snooze. Started by two brothers many years ago, we remember when it was just a little spot on Colfax. It's now a multi-restaurant, multi-state empire but has kept that chill Colorado vibe.

There is almost always a line, so put your name in and play a game of cornhole with other guests waiting to eat. When you sit down, check out their pancakes and their breakfast tacos. Honestly, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Saturday afternoon

If you're looking for a little outside adventure, we recommend a hike. Download the All Trails app that lets you find a great hike based on the difficulty, terrain and area you are looking for. If you're looking for a challenge in the summer or fall, Herman's Gulch up I-70 is a great hike and ends above the tree line at stunning Herman's Lake.

On your way down, stop in Idaho Springs for a soak at Indian Springs hot springs — or splurge for a roll in their mud bath — and be sure to get a pizza slice at Beau Joe's. The altitude is sure to leave you ravenous!

Saturday evening

That evening for dinner, check out Linger – an "eatuary." This place has become a Denver institution with a stunning rooftop bar and divine cuisine categorized by the area of the world it represents. Why is it called an "eatuary"? Probably because the Linger building used to be one of Denver's biggest mortuaries … a little creepy, but mostly cool.

Little Man ice cream cone
Little Man ice cream flavors


After dinner, head downstairs and grab an ice cream at Little Man and put your name in for the speakeasy Williams and Graham up the street. The folks at the front door will take your name and, when it's time, lead you behind a hidden door in a bookcase into a stunning bar with even better drinks.

Sunday morning

The next morning, head to RiNo (River North) — Denver's art district. Stop by the hipster Central Market for an espresso and baked goods at what we believe is the best bakery in town — Izzio. The chocolate layered croissant is delicious. Enjoy your coffee while you walk the streets and experience some truly awesome street art. Every year, artists are invited from all over the world to create new work in the RiNo area at Denver's Crush event. Shepard Fairey just finished a huge art piece on the side of the Central Market.

Sunday afternoon

You can't go to Denver without attending at least one sporting event. We Coloradans bleed orange, so if you can get a ticket to a Broncos game, go and make sure you are wearing orange! Otherwise, the Rockies (baseball), the Avalanche (Hockey) and the Nuggets (basketball) are all worth seeing. Before a game, stop by Wynkoop Brewery in LoDo, our governor's first business, to try one of their many flavors of brewed goodness.

Kelsey's mermaid mural

Sunday evening

If you're hungry after the game, head over to El Camino in the West Highland neighborhood. This place is a local favorite with great deals and even better margaritas. Then, stop by Kelsey Montague's ever-changing local winged mural at Meade and 32nd. Take a snap, post it with our hashtag #WhatLiftsYou and let everyone know what your favorite part of Denver was.

Pro tip: If you have time, Comedy Works is an awesome comedy club in The Landmark, a place in Denver's Tech Center. Kelsey Montague also has three murals in the area, including her famous mermaid tail and three-story giraffe. Check out her murals before a show.

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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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