For every 10 hotel executives who are men, there is one woman executive. A new
coalition aims to change that.
Nineteen organizations have teamed up to form the Women in Hospitality Leadership Alliance to
advance women leaders in the hospitality industry. The individual organizations
will continue to work independently and will amplify their programs, messaging
and initiatives through the alliance.
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Hotel industry veteran Rachel Humphrey, who leads the
alliance, says: “By collaborating, we’re able to advance all these efforts,
which will move the needle farther and faster for our industry.
“At a time when human resources and financial resources are
at a premium,” Humphrey says, “it is great to see these groups getting together
and sharing with one another in an effort to maximize the impact of each and collectively
The alliance began conversations in November 2021 and met in
person at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, a subsidiary of PhocusWire parent company Northstar Travel Group, in January 2022. The group has
connected regularly since then to share participants' goals, upcoming efforts, educational resources and event information.
Participating organizations include:
Andrea Foster of Marcus Hotels & Resorts and Talene
Staab of Hilton Hotels & Resorts are contributing their guidance.
Rita Varga, CEO of RaizUp and a founding member of the alliance, spoke to PhocusWire's Jill Menze in the PhocusWire Studio at Phocuswright Europe. Watch the full discussion below.
Phocuswright Europe 2022 Executive Interview: RaizUp