BETHESDA, Md.—Marriott International’s Voyage Program received the top award at the 2015 WhatWorks Award Program at Bersin by Deloitte’s annual research conference, IMPACT 2015. Each year, Bersin recognizes organizations that have developed and implemented groundbreaking programs that drive significant business value. Voyage was recognized as the most innovative program across all categories for its unique approach to attracting, developing, and engaging the next generation of future leaders.
Voyage is Marriott International’s 12-18 month global leadership development program designed with the next generation of college graduates in mind. Voyage offers a foundation of development, resources, and support for future leaders of the company across Marriott’s portfolio of brands.
The Voyage program curriculum combines hands-on, discipline-specific training at a Marriott managed hotel with online leadership training accessed through a life-like virtual environment. Through social collaboration tools, Voyagers have the opportunity to network with their colleagues around the globe and engage with senior Marriott executives through an Executive Leadership Speaker Series.
Voyage enables recent college graduates from around the world to immerse themselves in Marriott’s culture.
“We are honored that our Voyage program has received this recognition,” said David Traina, vice president, global talent acquisition. “Since the program’s inception in 2013, more than 900 Voyagers have been hired into the organization in 37 countries worldwide. Participant feedback helps us enhance the program each year to meet the evolving needs and expectations of new generations of students from around the globe.”
“The Voyage program kick starts the careers of recent university graduates, promising a bright future in hospitality. I am privileged to work in an environment that encourages teamwork and is supportive and inspiring,” says Sushant Dewan, sales & marketing Voyager, Pune Chakan.
Over 100 companies competed to be finalists for the 2015 WhatWorks Award. Marriott was among five top finalists to present at the IMPACT 2015 conference. Marriott and the other finalists are featured in the print and digital versions of Human Resource Executive magazine’s first June edition.
“Marriott International with its Voyage program prevailed over more than 100 competitors to take the top spot in this year’s program,” said David Mallon, head of research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “With its entry in the category of Acquiring Top Talent, Marriott was recognized for developing a program that creates a highly trained pipeline of entry-level leaders while providing a globally consistent and enriching experience for the company’s next generation of leaders.”