Introducing EVFF: Expedia Group Veterans Friends and Family

Part 4 of 9 in our “Meet our IBGs” Series 

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Expedia Group has eight Inclusion Business Groups.

November 11th commemorates Armistice Day (or Veteran’s Day) in Europe and the U.S. It began with the end of World War 1 and the declaration of an “armistice” or temporary cessation of hostilities, months before peace was officially declared. This Armistice Day we have the opportunity to celebrate peace, and honor the impact of veterans from all countries.  

Expedia Group’s Inclusion Business Group, Expedia Group Veterans, Families and Friends (EVFF) with 300+ global members and 3 chapters, supports the full veteran community at Expedia Group – both those who have served as well as those closest to them. Service members worldwide have experience and skillsets uniquely applicable to the travel and technology space, and Expedia Group is made stronger by the contributions of our veterans and the veteran community.  

EVFF’s logo

Mission and Goals 

EVFF’s mission is to translate & leverage the talent, skills, and experiences of our Veterans, and to boost the value and contributions of our Veterans throughout Expedia Group; to engender community, mentorship, and career growth for Veterans while partnering with the diverse community of families, friends, and first responders to build and better Expedia Group overall. 

The group’s global goals are to: 

  • Continue to raise awareness and engagement of EVFF across Expedia Group 
  • Make EG-wide impact with key events and initiatives throughout the year 
  • Pursue partnership opportunities across EG and industry, to include community engagement, intersectionality across other IBGs, and external relationships
  • Design, align, and implement an EG Veteran Recruiting Strategy 

Introducing some of our EVFF Members: 

Erik Elliot & Hotels.com Captain Obvious

Erik Elliott is the Global Events Chair based in Dallas, TX .

“Being in EVFF allows me to support our military community here at Expedia Group. I am grateful for all those who served and am excited to be in a position to give back to this community. Although not a veteran myself, I am thankful Expedia Group allows me the opportunity to support this community and make a positive impact on the lives of those who served along with their families.” 

Karen Harris & husband

Karen Harris is the Global Communications Chair based in Springfield, MO.  

“Expedia has taken great care of me as a Military Spouse. Supporting me and allowing flexibility when needed to maintain my family as well as my work while my husband was gone was something I won’t forget.  During this time, my Leadership Team on behalf of Expedia was awarded an ESGR award.” 

 Jorday & partner, Michelle

Jordan Rusk is a Global Board Member based in Seattle, WA. Jordan is originally from Portland, Oregon and prior to Expedia Group was a Nuclear Submarine Officer in the US Navy.  

“My first experience with Expedia Group was when an EVFF member bought me a cup of coffee and told me about the exciting opportunities Expedia was going after and how Veterans were a perfect fit for the mission. That coffee chat led to another and another and another, till one day I showed up for coffee and found myself in an interview instead! I joined EVFF to try and pay forward what that member did for me and my family in creating that first connection and ultimately taking a chance on a Veteran.”

Events 

EVFF hosts events and activities all year long for the EG community.  From EG Veterans’ panels, and trivia sessions, to intersectional events with other IBG’s and hosting external events, EVFF offers many ways for Expedians to learn, participate, and be an ally in the workplace and in our communities. 

EVFF Trivia sessions 

Timeline for our IBG Series 

Dates Inclusion Business Group 
August 2021  Indigenous Diversity, Expedians & Allies (IDEA) 
September 2021  Latinx at Expedia and Allies for Development (LEAD)  
November 2021  Expedia Group Veterans Families & Friends (EVFF) 
December 2021  Ability Inclusion Movement (AIM) 
February 2022  Black Expedia Allied Movement (BEAM) 
March 2022  Women at Expedia Group Learning & Leading (WELL)  
May 2022  Asian Community at Expedia Group (ACE) 
June 2022  Expedia Group LGBTQIA & Allies (PRIDE) 

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