Carlson Makes Top 100 List for America's Best "Adoption-Friendly" Workplaces for Seventh Consecutive Year

Minneapolis | September 4, 2013

For the seventh year in a row, Carlson has been named one of America’s top 100 adoption-friendly companies, winning a spot on the 2013 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Carlson also again earned the number one ranking in the hospitality and travel industry category. 

Carlson’s award-winning adoption benefits provide up to six weeks of paid leave per adoption and up to $5,000. Our adoption package also includes a comprehensive assistance program that helps employees locate adoption resources, counseling services and support groups.

“Carlson’s industry-leading adoption benefits align with our core values and reflect our mission of Caring Spirit, Service Heart and Lasting Legacy,” said Susan MacHolda, senior director, human resources. “Carlson’s family-centered culture is exemplified in our benefit plans which, among other things, help families realize their parenting dreams through our adoption resources and incentives.”

The release of the seventh annual Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List helps the Foundation increase foster care adoption awareness, while celebrating businesses that support adoptive families. Rankings are determined by an analysis of a company’s adoption benefits available to employees, such as financial reimbursement and paid leave. The Foundation compiled results from its annual survey of U.S. employers and partnered with Employee Benefit News—a SourceMedia publication providing information to benefits executives—to announce the winners.

In addition to ranking the top 100, the Foundation also recognized the top 10 by size and the leaders of each industry. To view all of the honorees, visit

 About Carlson

Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in operation and development, including, Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®; Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni; more than 900 T.G.I. Friday’s® restaurants; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 160 countries and territories and its brands employ more than 175,000 people.

Contact: Heather Faulkner, Senior Director External Affairs, or + 1 (763) 212-1224



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