WiH Global ('WiH') stands for women in hospitality and is a global not-for-profit and best-in-class community who believe that by collaborating, we can have greater impact and raise the game to create a hospitality industry which is more diverse and inclusive. The WiH global community includes members cross-segment who Build, Fund, Operate and Advise (‘BFOA’) in hospitality. WiH is midway through announcing the first intake of 500 global members (450 women & 50 men) across Americas, EMEA and APAC.
The curated community targets members from as many companies in the industry as feasible (target 400 companies in the 500 members) to ensure discussions represent varied perspectives and the global community drives for positive change with purpose and impact.
Key pillars are mentoring, knowledge share and outreach.
WiH has already hosted dozens of panels, initiated a mentoring programme in collaboration with WiHTL, partnered with leading global hospitality conferences to promote more diverse and inclusive panels and launched a global women’s representation survey to provide insight into women and ethnic minority representation in the industry.
Once all members are announced, WiH members will all be onboarded to partake in mentoring and participate in topical webinars and discussions, speaker training sessions and outreach initiatives to support the next generation wishing to join the hospitality industry.
Please follow our Events page on LinkedIn to register for upcoming events. Free and open to all.
We thank Bench Events and Questex for their support with our marketing efforts and representation report and all members who have contributed to WiH's growth.
To all WiH members, please reach out to inspiring colleagues in firms not yet represented in WiH as we target 400 companies across the industry in our community of 500 members. (See current list of firms represented)
Background and Funding:
'WiH' (initially meaning Women in Hotels) was founded by Lissa Engle (LE) in April 2020 as a means for colleagues to connect and have a sense of community during lockdown. Given growing interest in the WiH community, in October 2020, WiH changed to stand for Women in Hospitality and the non-profit ‘WiH Global' was officially formed.
LE's company Berkeley Capital Group (BCG) has funded start-up and running costs so that members can enjoy free access.
To grow from strength to strength, WiH will reach out to sponsors for specific global initiatives which require further capital.