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CHR: Women in Hospitality and Travel: Opportunities, Challenges, and Progress

September 30, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Event overview

Women make up 50% of the workforce in hospitality and travel yet only 12% of leadership positions. What opportunities are available? What progress is being made?

During this hour-long webcast, we’ll hear from industry and academic leaders as they share stories of their own career challenges, victories, and personal leadership values; organizational best practices for supporting women in the workforce; and predictions for the future.

This online event is brought to you by the Cornell School of Hotel Administration’s Center for Hospitality Research and Women Leading Travel & Hospitality, a membership-based association that connects executive women across all sectors of the travel and hospitality industry.

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What you’ll learn

  • The challenges faced by women seeking and holding leadership positions in the hospitality industry and ways to overcome them
  • How all leaders and organizations can better support women in the workplace
  • Predictions for the future of women in hospitality


Hannah DeMaio, director of brand strategy, Women Leading Travel & Hospitality, NAPCO Media

Charisse Evans, vice president of employee relations, Delta Airlines

Miranda Scott, director of business development, Lyft

Kate Walsh, MPS ’90, dean and E.M. Statler Professor, School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University

Michelle Woodley ’89, president, Preferred Hotels & Resorts


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