Source: Hotel News Now
March 9, 2020
by Robert McCune
REPORT FROM THE U.S.—Studies have shown, and by all accounts the hotel industry doesn’t dispute, that inclusion and diversity at the top is a catalyst for any company’s success.
Still, despite striving for and making strides toward better representation by women in top executive roles, hoteliers agree their industry has much room to grow in this respect.
The struggle is multifaceted, stemming partly from false gender perceptions as well as shortcomings in mentorship and talent development.
The solutions are just as varied and abundant, according to influential women in the hospitality industry, who have shared their views and visions with Hotel News Now in interviews and commentary over the past six months.
Women must also be part of the solution, which starts with recognizing the need to “always make their voice heard and demonstrate the value and relevance of their perspectives,” Rachel Humphrey, COO and VP of franchise relations and formerly interim president and CEO of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, wrote for HNN in October.
Not only do women need to be advocates for themselves within the industry, they need to be vocal with lawmakers about the issues that affect them, she wrote.