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Empowering the Specially-Abled

Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan

Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan has time and again proven their leadership through hospitality, but also through their service to the community. Of particular importance is that they were one of the first hotels to hire specially-abled associates, enabling them to live independent lives.

They have now gone a step further and included war veterans in what they call “Team Phenomenal.” Veterans serve their nation and are the ones who are prone to suffer from disabilities, often forcing them to take breaks from their career. Their inclusion in Team Phenomenal has strengthened the confidence of each team member and also illuminated the lives of the war veterans, enabling them to live a dignified life.

Mr. Narendra S. Rathore, a paratrooper, injured his spinal cord during a jump he made from 35,000 ft. In spite of his injury, he didn’t lose his will and very proudly states that, “Disability lies in your mind. If you conquer those challenges, you aren’t disabled anymore.” He has since joined Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan in the HR department.

We salute his courage and all of those who make up Team Phenomenal.