A Short Note from the Editor

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 Dear Friends of Starwood Cares,

Warm greetings to everyone!

Welcome to the third issue of Living Starwood Cares 2012! The past few months have been an exciting time in Starwood Asia Pacific, with numerous Starwood Careers events happening and submissions of heartwarming stories from our properties where associates are living out the Starwood Cares culture in their daily lives.

The Starwood Careers GM Track 2011 (Graduation Workshop) and 2012 (Opening Workshop) commenced in Sheraton Towers Singapore from 29 – 31 Aug 2012. Besides the inspirational speeches given by the top management in Starwood AP Division and Starwood Corporate Office, the candidates from both classes got the opportunity to network with each other, along with many APD senior leadership during the graduation dinner held especially for the 2011 class.

Starwood Careers - GM Track 2012 - Opening Workshop - Pinning ceremony to signify the start of the GM Track.

Starwood Careers - GM Track 2012 - Opening Workshop - Pinning ceremony to signify the start of the GM Track.


Starwood Careers - GM Track 2011 - Graduating Class presented a song and touching individual speeches to thank their Direct Managers, Mentors and their hotel’s support during the Graduation Dinner.

Subsequently, the Starwood Careers - EAM/HM Track workshops were also held in Bangkok and Shanghai respectively in early Sept. Similarly, both Opening and Graduation Workshops were conducted at the same time and candidates attended a fruitful sharing session given by senior management, and were imparted essential tips and information for them to make the move to be EAMs and HMs.

Candidates in the Starwood Careers - EAM / HM Track 2012 (AP) Opening Workshop sharing their knowledge and experiences with each other

Candidates in Starwood Careers – EAM / HM Track 2011 (Greater China) – Writing down their leadership speech

The annual Talent Development & Culture (TDC) 2012 Conference for Greater China Region was a great success! The team seized the opportunity for the official launch of the Starwood Cares Weibo – a new media communication platform as well as organizing the first ever TDC Expo which provided an opportunity for participants to showcase their hotels best practices.

Highlights of the TDC 2012 Conference – Great China Region

Also, do not miss the short biography of Mr. Stephen Ho, our newly appointed President of Starwood Asia Pacific Division in Profiles and Personalities as he shares his inspirational story of his Starwood Journey.

Lastly, we are happy to announce the launch of the Starwood Cares Overview e-learning in Development Center. The STARWOOD CARES Overview summarizes the fundamentals of our shared values and culture for the Starwood Asia Pacific Division. This is indeed a valuable resource for you and reinforces your role in living our Starwood Cares values. We have incorporated a quiz with the launch of this e-learning and if you get all your answers correct, you will stand a chance to win 1 out of 10 shopping vouchers worth US$100 in a lucky draw. Please click here for more details.

We hope that you will enjoy this issue! Happy Reading!

 “Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln

Francis Tan
Vice President
Talent Management & Organization Development
Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts

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