(20 July 2021 CDT)
IHG Hotels & Resorts has strengthened its commitment
to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) by investing further in
female leaders in Thailand – with 45% of General Manager roles now
held by women.
Globally, 38% of the company’s senior leaders are
Kate Gerits, Regional General Manager,
Thailand Central and South and General Manager of Holiday Inn
Pattaya, explained: “The beauty of the travel and hospitality
industry is that we have the opportunity to work in different
countries and experience a very diverse workplace, with employees
and guests from all over the world. This brings about a culture
that values and celebrates differences. We have female leaders
across our hotels with varied skillsets and experiences, and
that’s fantastic as they’re the type of role models who inspire
the next generation of leaders.”
IHG has implemented a host of initiatives to
support its female leaders, including RISE, a 12-month global
mentoring programme that aims to increase the number of women in
General Manager and other senior positions.
RISE participants get access to a dedicated mentor
and sponsor matched to their needs and expertise, have access to
learning modules, career development workshops and have the
opportunity to lead a Lean In circle in their hotel.
Some 50% of participants in South East Asia and
Korea have advanced into a new opportunity with some moving into
General Manager roles.
Juthamas Sakulpisut (Judy), RISE graduate and
mentor and General Manager of Holiday Inn Express Bangkok
Sukhumvit 11, said, “My advice to aspiring female leaders is to
never doubt yourself and always believe you are capable of so much
more. Take risks and go for it. IHG’s initiatives…