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Apoorva Gandhi - Marriott International (Vice President, Multi-Cultural Affairs)
As Vice President for Multi-Cultural Affairs for Marriott International, Apoorva Gandhi is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands. He helps ensure the company’s marketing, sales and operations consider and reflect multi-cultural markets and alliances as Marriott continues its aggressive growth throughout the world.

Mr. Gandhi has nearly 20 years of proven strategy, business process, program management and organizational change skills, leadership and delivery expertise. He also has extensive management and delivery experience working with diverse business clients and a solid track record delivering measurable success to clients across various business disciplines.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Gandhi was senior director for organizational capability where he led the company’s global reorganization program in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He has held other positions with Marriott, beginning as a front desk associate when he first completed college. He also worked as vice president for global lodging services where he helped deliver critical brand initiatives.

Before joining Marriott, Mr. Gandhi was a senior consulting manager in Accenture’s Communications and High Tech practice for more than a decade, where he managed merger and integration programs as well as process reengineering efforts for large telecom clients. He also led diversity programs at Accenture.

Mr. Gandhi is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Business and Management. He is a member of the J.W. Marriott, Jr., Diversity Award committee, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society.

Conference Presentations

LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Symposium New York - May 16, 2017

April 21, 2015
01:30 PM
02:00 PM

How Cultural Competence Helps Your Bottom Line

Come and learn about how Companies have improved their financial results and guest experiences by focusing on ‘The differences that make a difference’. This multimedia presentation is full of fun trivia , videos, and case studies that will show you how to engage with the next generation consumer and build your individual brands and portfolio! We will showcase easy to use resources as well to help you reach your goals!

  - need a holistic approach to the LGBT market
  - need to really understand the business case
  - need to know ‘The differences that make a difference’

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12th Annual LGBTQ Marketing & Advertising Symposium - June 20, 2019

April 23, 2015
10:00 AM
10:35 AM

MARRIOTT and PFLAG: From Civil Union to Marriage

Corporations often burnish their corporate social responsibility by aligning with nonprofit causes. In the past 20 years, corporate America has been courted more and more by LGBT groups and causes, growing new audiences and suggesting new business strategies. While so many companies simply write checks for causes, Marriott and PFLAG show by example that true partnerships can have so much more value. In their presentation, Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs will join with Beth Kohm, deputy executive director for PFLAG, to offer examples and to highlight new ways that both organizations share a common cause to improve their mission, grow their ranks and communicate shared values.

  - Attendees will acquire a deeper appreciation how a nonprofit can help teach a corporation about
    workplace language and customer care.
  - The session will highlight how employee groups can partner with internal stakeholders and with
    nonprofits to channel their philanthropy and community activism.
  - This session will also strengthen the meaning, relevance and potential for true allies -- how they
    support business and causes.

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