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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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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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