Even though women make 50% of the workforce in hospitality, gender equality remains a myth in our sector. There is a significant gap in terms of rank, pay, role and general progression in women's leadership positions and female representation falls as women rise in their careers with only 5% going on to make the top job of CEO. Beyond the facts and figures, if we need to be on the frontlines of change, we really need to get a grasp on the biggest challenges the current CEO's face in fixing the problem. Because CEO's who think gender diversity isn't a problem only make it worse and simply hiring more women will not solve the problem.

Why is gender diversity at the top still a challenge? How are you driving change in your organizations from the very top? What are the biggest challenges you face as a CEO or C-Suite executive and what would you like to see more of - quotas, universal standards for measuring and monitoring, legal enforcements?

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