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Weekend inspiration: Nashville

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Nashville.

Anytime we say that word to just about anyone, we get the response, "I love Nashville" or "I've always wanted to go to Nashville." Nashville is a city that is not just well known for the best country music and southern food, but also as a cultural trendsetter.

Every time we go to Nashville, we leave feeling creatively recharged. The people of Nashville are extremely talented, unique and welcoming. Even though the city is growing rapidly, there is still an un-fussy, calm coolness among its inhabitants.

Here's where to go and what to see when you have a weekend off in this creative capital of the south:

Friday evening:

Interior of Urban Cowboy

If you're looking for a full-service, modern and stylish hotel, The Thompson in The Gulch is your spot. The coffee shop on the ground floor is stellar and the rooftop bar and restaurant is a popular haunt for celebrities and up-and-coming influencers throughout the city.

If you're looking for something a little more low-key but just as trendy, check out 404 Hotel around the corner or Urban Cowboy - Public House. With just a few rooms, the Urban Cowboy hotel is hard to get into but worth the wait. Each room is an interior design masterpiece, down to the tile around the freestanding bathtubs. And downstairs you'll find stellar food and drink.

If things are a bit too busy downstairs, head over to Lockeland table for a drink and some delicious southern food.

Later in the evening spend your downtime booking the plethora of music venues you want to visit over the next few days.

Saturday morning:

Biscuit House wall decor

If you can get up early and be there when they open, indulge in biscuits at Biscuit Love in The Gulch. If you don't want to get up at 7 AM on a Saturday, or if you're looking for a more relaxed environment, head to East Nashville's Biscuit House.

We've agonized over which of these places makes the best biscuits and can honestly say they are both awesome. You can't go wrong with either one. Biscuit Love's biscuits are sweeter and lighter, while the biscuits at The Biscuit House are more buttery, dense and reminiscent.

Saturday afternoon:

Kelsey working on the hot air balloon mural


If you're a street art buff, The Gulch is teaming with street artists, including Ian Ross and Jason Woodside to showcase their creations on 11th Ave. South. Our Gulch "What Lifts You" wings are right down the street – try to stop by earlier in the day to avoid a line.

If you want to learn even more about Nashville murals, we recommend Nashville Mural Tours. Mary, the founder and tour guide, will take you to the best stops in the city including the "I Believe in Nashville" mural in Germantown and Gildo van Helton's masterpiece in the Nations.

If you end up in East Nashville around lunch, head to The Burger Pharmacy or Mas Tacos and then walk up the street to see our newest hot air balloon installation on the side of The Cleo.

Saturday evening:

While in Nashville, it's important to get a taste of the local music scene. 3rd and Lindsley is a live music venue that has some wonderful shows. Of course, the Grand Ole Opry is the king of venues in Nashville, but you can also find incredible talent in just about every corner of the city, including most of the bars on Broadway Street.

Food at Butchertown Hall

Before you start hunting for live music, you have to try Nashville's barbecue for dinner. We believe the best barbecue in Nashville is at Butchertown Hall in Germantown – don't knock it until you try it. The brisket is incredible, be sure to try all the sides and save room for dessert.

If you want a more low-key barbecue experience, we also like Martin's (they have a few locations around town). Their chocolate pie is by far the best we've ever had.

Sunday morning:

Pastaria has one of the best brunches in town with to-die-for baked eggs and chef Matthew Rice's luscious donuts. The Tavern near Hattie B's is also awesome (but always packed on the weekends).

Sunday afternoon:

Nashville boasts some awesome museums, and Johnny Cash's museum is just an example of one. The museum has been ranked the No. 1 music museum by Forbes and Conde Naste and has a comprehensive look at the icon's life.

If you like good food and bowling, we highly recommend reserving a lane at Pinewood Social for lunch. Make sure you get the French onion dip.

Sunday evening:

After all of that barbecue, tacos and chocolate pie, you might want to end your trip on a healthier note. For dinner, we have awarded the "best dressed" vegetables in Nashville to the mouthwatering Folk. Located in East Nashville, we love this spot for its clean, modern décor, incredible vegetable dishes and thin crust, wood oven pizzas. A definite must for your last night in music city.

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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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