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Weekend inspiration: Quick getaway in Nolita, NYC

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

New York City is thrilling, busy and larger than life – but it can sometimes also be totally overwhelming to visit. As former New Yorkers, we think the city should be experienced in bite-size pieces. If you're looking for the best food and shopping the city has to offer, start your trip in Nolita.

Nolita stands for 'North of Little Italy,' and is firmly sandwiched between SoHo and the Lower East Side in both attitude and latitude. Hotels are abound in the area and The Nolitan boasts gorgeous rooms, great views and a kind staff.

Cafe Gitane waffles and a flamingo

Start the day by walking to Café Gitane. When you step inside, you'll feel as if you've entered a cafe in Morocco. Order the organic baked eggs and the orange blossom waffle topped with bananas and strawberries. On weekend days, watch vendors for the Nolita Market set up along The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral brick fence while you enjoy your carefully brewed coffee. The Nolita Market offers quality products for both men and women. Next, wander up and down Mott, Elizabeth and Mulberry Streets, where you'll find charming and unique boutiques. Nu Boutique is a stand-out favorite in the area.

If you're in need of a refreshment, grab an organic juice treat at Butcher's Daughter and then grab a quick bite at Lovely Day where they serve up Asian-inspired fare daily. A local area hangout, Lovely Day will give you a sense of Nolita's trendy, intellectual, hipster crowd.

'What Lifts You' mural in Nolita.

Once you're feeling replenished, make your way over to The New Museum on Bowery – a museum downtown that always offers unique, exciting exhibits. For street art aficionado, stop by Tristan Eaton's Gigi Hadid creation on Broome (between Centre Street and Mulberry Street) as well as Shepard Fairey's art piece on the side of Little Cupcake Bakeshop. It's a guarantee there will be a huge curated piece on the corner of Houston and Bowery. And, of course, check out our 'What Lifts You' mural at the corner of Kenmare and Mott, first made famous a few years ago by Taylor Swift.

If you need a break from walking in the afternoon, slip into Spazio for the best chair or foot massage in the city. It's one of the area's best-kept secrets.

Milk Cafe in NYC

Next, head to dinner. If you're looking for a fancy New York staple and great people-watching, go to Balthazar, but be sure to make a reservation in advance. If you're more interested in an off-the-beaten-path spot, head over to Quartino for healthy fare —it's one of our favorite restaurants in New York and boasts one of the friendliest staffs. Quartino's olive oil is from the owners' Italian farm and the food is sourced from local and organic producers. After dinner, make your way down Mott Street to stop by Milk Bar where you must try Christina Tosi's crack pie, or if you're in the mood for something Italian, wander down Mulberry Street and grab a gelato while you admire Little Italy's shops.

Before you head out the following day be sure to stop by Fiat Café for pancakes. The owner is often sitting just inside the door reading an Italian magazine. Upon entering, he will jump up, find you a chair and inform his chefs of your heart's desire. The food is always delicious and service is quick – just make sure to have cash on you.

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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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