Sue Stephenson

Sue Stephenson, a hotel executive with twenty-five years experience in the hospitality industry, relocated from England to the United States in 1991 to join The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. The company, which is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, currently has eighty-two properties across the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. From 2001 to 2006, Sue was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In this role, she worked closely with the President & Chief Operating Officer and members of the Corporate Executive Committee as the company undertook a global expansion. Sue provided leadership and strategic direction to a human resources organization that is committed to the delivery of service excellence through innovative and sustainable human resources approaches. In 2006, Sue assumed the leadership of The Ritz-Carlton social responsibility program, Community Footprints®. Reporting to the President & Chief Operations Officer, Hervé Humler, Sue is charged with expanding the company's global efforts through a series of multi-faceted initiatives focused on child well-being, hunger and poverty relief, and environmental responsibility. In 2008, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company launched Give Back Getaways®, the hotel industry's first global voluntourism program for leisure guests, followed by VolunTeaming® for group guests. These award-winning programs enable guests to collaborate in enriching volunteer experiences that contribute in a meaningful way to the local community. Sue spearheaded the development and launch of Succeed Through Service®, a program designed to engage and inspire at-risk students in underserved communities. The curriculum takes Ritz-Carlton employees into the classrooms to teach valuable life and career skills and civic responsibility. Recognized by the White House for the contributions the program is making, Succeed Through Service has already impacted the lives of over 12,000 children around the world. Contact Information: Sue Stephenson Vice President, Community Footprints The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC Direct: (301) 380-1882 e-mail: Twitter ID:

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By : Sue Stephenson | May 30, 2013

Around the world, luxury brands are effectively embedding global responsibility into their business strategy to ensure what they do is influenced by both goals and values. At the same time, many are also recognizing there is more to creating social and environmental impact than just financial donations. While philanthropy is of enormous value, collaborative relationships […]