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Effective leadership has never been more important, especially now—given the rapid changes and unprecedented challenges as the travel industry works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The global crisis has shed light on the extraordinary impact of business empathy, inclusion, compassion and female leadership, as women-owned and women-led businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors in the enterprise world.

In honor of celebrating Women's History Month, the Tourism Academy is hosting a free panel discussion where participants can hear from women in leadership positions and learn how to build a more profitable, resilient and diverse organizations.

The Power of Women in Leadership, taking place Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 1 p.m. EST, will discuss a variety of topics, including the benefits of and data supporting women in leadership roles, how to diversity your business, where opportunities for women leaders are available, and how mentors and business advisors can help.

Moderated by Sheena Works, Chief Learning Officer, Tourism Academy, the conversation will welcome perspectives from: Rebecca Mark, Director, Institute for Women's Leadership and Professor, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Rutgers University – New Brunswick; Colie Edison, Chief Growth Officer, WNBA; Melissa Cherry, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Senior Vice President, Miles Partnership; and Sophia Hyder Hock, Chief Diversity Officer, Destinations International.

The multi-sectoral impact of the pandemic has indeed widened the gender equality gap. Throughout all industries, including tourism, women have become increasingly recognized for their roles as leaders and agents of change. Governments, businesses, political bodies, and corporations have responded to the trend by improving gender parity, though with slow progress. To achieve true equity, diversity and inclusion, the tourism industry must couple moral and ethical imperatives with growing female leadership to boost productivity, innovation and to create a more sustainable socioeconomic ecosystem.

Learn more and register for the conversation here.

Courtesy of Groups Today.

 Photo courtesy of The Tourism Academy.

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