AH&LA Women In Lodging Executive Council and Dress for Success to Host Hospitality Career Days in Seven Cities
Series of Events Give Disadvantaged Women Professional Skills and Networking Opportunities to Succeed in Lodging Industry
- May 8: Marriott Marquis Atlanta
- May 18: Gannett/USA Today Headquarters
- May 26: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia
- June 12: The Inverness Hotel (tentative)
- June 25: Hilton Chicago
- Additional events in Memphis, Tennessee, and New York City will be scheduled soon.
At each Hospitality Career Day event, local WIL Connect members will host a panel outlining the diverse career paths in the lodging industry, conduct sessions on building interviewing skills and professional image, and pair up with a Dress for Success client for mock interviews. The events are coordinated by members of AH&LA’s WIL Executive Council and the area’s local Dress for Success affiliate.
“These career-building events directly support the Women In Lodging Council’s fundamental mission of actively engaging females in the professional hospitality community,” said Vicki Gordon, chair of AH&LA’s WIL Executive Council and managing partner of Collins Gordon Group, LLC. “This initiative will lay the groundwork to maximize Dress for Success’ clients’ exposure to employment prospects in hospitality and also afford them opportunities to build invaluable one-on-one relationships with accomplished women in our industry – in cities where this direction and personal attention can be most effective.”
Dress for Success is an international non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To date, Dress for Success has assisted more than 500,000 women referred by approximately 2,750 diverse non-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions, and domestic violence shelters, among others.
Under the jurisdiction of the WIL Executive Council, AH&LA’s WIL Connect membership initiative is the first industry-wide forum exclusively for female hospitality professionals. WIL fuels the mission to promote women's leadership into executive positions within the lodging industry and contribute to business development efforts, including women's markets. Membership is free to all women employed at AH&LA property and allied member organizations, regardless of their position within the company.
For more information on these events and AH&LA’s WIL initiatives, please visit the AH&LA WIL Connect Website. For more information, contact Jessica Soklow, AH&LA manager of media relations, at (202) 289-3153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom-line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.