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Kristen Berlacher

Kristen Berlacher

corporate responsibility

Kristen joined Hyatt’s Corporate Responsibility team in 2010 and manages the company’s global philanthropy, volunteerism and disaster relief efforts. Kristen is motivated daily by the incredible stories of her colleagues’ around the globe who bring Hyatt Thrive to life. She is also convinced that CSR is a key indicator in distinguishing between a good company and a great one. When she's not working, she loves traveling (of course!), family time, photography and hiking in Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Thrive Oceans Day photo

June 5, 2014
Everything Else, Hyatt Thrive

Thrive Thursday: Celebrating World Oceans Day

On World Oceans Day people around this beautiful blue planet celebrate and honor the oceans. What’s there to celebrate, you ask? It’s simple, really. Our oceans:

  • Generate most of the oxygen we breathe
  • Help feed us
  • Regulate our climate
  • Clean the water we drink
  • Offer a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines

At Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, the team is celebrating World Oceans Day in more ways than one while raising awareness and funds for marine conservations and sustainability.

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May 1, 2014
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Thrive Thursday: April is Over, But The Spirit of Hyatt Thrive Lives On!

As our Global Month of Service comes to an end, the energy and impact of our colleagues will continue to be felt around the world. Throughout April, our colleagues have inspired us with countless acts of kindness and volunteer events. From hands-on service projects like Earth Day cleanups and building homes to raising funds for charity and exposing youth to hospitality careers, we’ve seen photos and heard stories from more than 150 hotels across 7 brands and all 3 regions!

Read on for a snapshot of the recent activity.  To see how all our colleagues are giving back #InAHyattWorld, visit

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April 24, 2014
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Hyatt Teams are Thriving During Month of Service

We are more than half way through Hyatt’s global month of service and our hotels are buzzing.  This week was particularly special with many hotels turning their Earth Day celebrations into hands-on service projects.  Check out the stories below for a glimpse of this week’s action.  For a complete picture of our collective efforts, be sure to visit

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April 17, 2014
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Thrive Thursday: At Hyatt, Service Extends Beyond the Walls of Our Hotels

While we firmly believe that service extends beyond the walls of our hotels everyday, April is a particularly special time when we celebrate our company’s collective impact with our Global Month of Community Service.

Throughout April our colleagues are giving back to their communities in both big and small ways.  For me, the most exciting part is seeing the different ways that giving back comes to life in each of our unique communities across the globe. To date, events have taken place in all three of our regions and across all of the Hyatt brands.  In fact, I have already counted volunteer events in twenty different countries – and we are still just getting started!

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In a Hyatt World

April 3, 2014
Hyatt Thrive, Our People

Thrive Thursday: Caring is Contagious During Month of Community Service

While its only day three of our Global Month of Community Service, the momentum is building around the world. From Maui to Muscat and Jakarta to Hong Kong, our colleagues are already making a real impact in their communities. From hands on service projects to running for a cause, Hyatt teams are busy celebrating that in a Hyatt world, service extends beyond the walls of our hotels.

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March 27, 2014
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Thrive Thursday: Brightening Futures in Education with the Central Florida YMCA

Throughout the year, I have the pleasure of highlighting the incredible stories of our hotels and their local community initiatives. These stories are discovered and enhanced through our unique philanthropy program – Hyatt Community Grants.  Established in 2008, this annual micro-grant program empowers our colleagues worldwide to nominate local nonprofits for $5,000 to $20,000 grants.

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March 6, 2014
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Thrive Thursday: A Big Heart Goes a Long Way in Salt Lake City

When Minda Zoloth joined Hyatt as the general manager of Hyatt Place Salt Lake City Downtown, she was looking for a way to give back to her community and those in need. While reading about Blessings in a Backpack through a feature in a magazine, the cause struck a personal chord with Minda and she knew she’d found the way to make a real difference in her community.

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January 23, 2014
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Thrive Thursday: Rochester’s Catholic Family Center Helps Build New Lives

One of the reasons I love being a part of Hyatt’s corporate responsibility program is because for us, philanthropy begins at home – in the neighborhoods and communities we serve. A special part of Hyatt Thrive is the annual Hyatt Community Grants program. It puts our local associates in the driver seat by allowing them to nominate organizations making a difference and addressing the most pressing issues in their local communities.

But what’s most rewarding as part of this work are the stories about individuals positively affected by these organizations. So this year, we are focusing on those individuals themselves. You can find these stories at our Hyatt Thrive Tumblr. One of my favorite stories is that of Dinesh, a recipient of support from CFC Refugee Immigration. Hyatt Regency Rochester has worked with CFC’s refugee employment program for many years, and the team is thrilled to award them a Hyatt Community Grant to continue helping refugees like Dinesh begin new lives.

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