Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our mission at Virgin Hotels is to be the most irresistible hospitality brand and our purpose is to make sure that Everyone Leaves Feeling Better. We accomplish both of these things through providing heartfelt customer experiences to our guests, and by empowering and supporting our teammates who are on the front lines to deliver on this.

We believe that our team should be reflective of the world. We welcome all, regardless of race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, gender, disability, spiritual beliefs or any other component of identity. It is important for us to create an environment where all feel safe, valued and welcome.

The Virgin Hotels brand is internationally recognized, but we work closely with local communities to localize employment opportunities, vendor opportunities, and civic and non-profit engagement. Virgin Hotels seeks to blend into our neighborhoods and operate as a responsive and active member of our local communities.

Our Commitment & Goals

Work with and support local community partners in the cities where our hotels are located that help support and lift up Black, Indigenous and and people of color.

Implemented trainings at all of our hotels and our home office, to help raise awareness of Unconscious/ Implicit Bias.

In coordination with our external advisor, we have audited our existing policies to ensure they support our inclusive approach, and will continue to work with Donnie Belcher to evaluate existing policies to ensure they support our approach.

Listen, Learn, & Act: Meet Donnie

Current initiatives

Round Up Program

Round Up and Donate your change to support Virgin Hotels’ Community Partners. Hotel guests or visitors can either “round up” their purchase to the nearest dollar or donate a set amount.

Virgin Hotels Chicago x Social Works

SocialWorks, founded by Grammy-award-winning musician and humanitarian Chance the Rapper, aims to empower the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement. Since 2016, SocialWorks has created 5 initiatives that present youth the opportunity to learn and act on their passions. SocialWorks’ programming focuses on education, mental health, homelessness, and performing and literary arts – directly affecting thousands of youth yearly. Through the initiatives, OpenMike, Warmest Winter, Kids of the Kingdom, The New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund, and My State of Mind, SocialWorks hopes to inspire creativity, build dreams, and advocate for youth success in all its forms.

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Virgin Hotels Dallas x Momentum Café

Since January 2015, Café Momentum has worked with more than 750 young men and women through a 12-month internship program. Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms young lives by equipping the community’s most at-risk youth with life skills, education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential.

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Virgin Hotels Nashville x Mary Parrish Center

Since 2002, The Mary Parrish Center has provided a full array of no-cost, comprehensive services to over 7,000 survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. Born out of a need identified by advocates in the community, we spent our first seven years assisting victims with the Order of Protection process and providing support for their next steps. In 2009, after years of frustration attempting to help survivors find safe, affordable housing, we took on the challenge and developed a program dedicated to providing transitional housing. In addition to safe, individual apartments, the Transitional Housing Program provides a wide range of flexible and optional support services including clinical therapy, emergency financial assistance, housing advocacy, enrichment activities and case management.

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Our history of inclusivity

Organizations Virgin Hotels has supported and partnered with

2015
Virgin Hotels launches RM72

RM72 is Virgin Hotels ongoing series of panel discussions for entrepreneurs dedicated to the tenacious startup spirit and serves as a resource and community for like-minded individuals. The name of the RM72 series is a nod to Virgin Hotels’ founder, Sir Richard Branson. 1972 was the founding year of a small record company, Virgin Records, and the beginning of what would be a long list of startup successes for a budding 22-year-old entrepreneur.

2016
Donda's House x Virgin Hotels Chicago

Our (PRO)ject US Fashion Program hosted their Spring Photoshoot at Virgin Hotels Chicago in partnership with Donda’s House.

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Parade to the Polls

Chance the Rapper, performed at a pre-election concert in Grant Park’s Petrillo Music Shell, hosted by his nonprofit, Social Works and Virgin Hotels Chicago.

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RM72: Music + Technology

RM72 brings entertainment experts in partnership with General Assembly to Virgin Hotels Chicago.

2017
Green Dot Initiative

Virgin Hotels works on training in the Green Dot Initiative, which helps bars and nightclubs create fun environments where everyone feels safe. And introducing The Angel Shot program which helps guests exit unsafe situations.

RM72: The Future of Female Entrepreneurs

In Honor of Equal Pay Day and in partnership with General Assembly Virgin Hotels Chicago hosted a panel on the entrepreneurial journey for women.

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2018
RM72: The Impact Generation: Millennial Entrepreneurs Changing The World For Good

On November 15, Virgin Hotels Chicago and INDISTRY hosted a RM72 and featured a panel of some of the most influential millennial entrepreneurs in business, technology, philanthropy, hospitality and education.

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All Lit Up with Lindsey Liss

Fed up with the global issues around her, Liss has turned her artistic signature style into a call to action, pulling influence from pop culture, politics and people. Learn more on the partnership with Lindsey Liss and Connect Gallery

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It Gets Better Project x Indistry Artists’ - PRIDE

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, Virgin Hotels Chicago and INDISTRY hosted an event benefiting the It Gets Better Project. The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

2019
Causing a Stir - Fighting for Inclusion in the Cocktail Industry

When Chicago South Side bartenders Ariel Neal and Alexis Brown got discouraged by the lack of diversity they saw in their profession they turned their frustration into action and created Causing a Stir, a non-profit that works to bridge the gap between the hospitality industry and its members of underrepresented communities and minorities. In honor of Women’s History Month, Virgin Hotels Chicago gets into the spirit honoring women’s contributions to history and society with female-focused cocktail-fueled parties.

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2020
Virgin Hotels x The Source, ‘Don’t Sleep on Voting’

Designed to inspire voter participation, Virgin Hotels teams up with the legendary and original home of hip hop, The Source, to tap a network of artists, performers, musicians and more to generate social media videos urging people to vote in this historic 2020 election.

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Culture & Art

A Time For Pride

A TIME FOR PRIDE During the early hours of June 28, 1969, police officers raided Stonewall Inn, a…

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Culture & Art

How to Celebrate Black History Month

While Black History Month was first celebrated in February 1976, its origins actually date back to 1915 when…

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‘Don’t Sleep on Voting’ An Empowering Campaign

Designed to inspire voter participation, Virgin Hotels teams up with the legendary and original home of hip hop,…

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Culture & Art

Listen, Learn and Act: Meet Donnie

Every day, we strive to do better, to be better and to better serve our teammates, our cities…

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Culture & Art

Celebrating Pride & the History of LGBTQ+ Rights

The Supreme Court gave the LGBTQ+ community something to celebrate during June’s Pride month this year when they…

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Girl Power
Somy Ali of No More Tears

Before she became an activist against human trafficking and domestic violence, Somy Ali was paying her dues in…

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