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2021 Diversity in Leadership Program

Tuesday, September 14 • Online • 11 AM Eastern Time (ET)

Phocuswright's Diversity in Leadership program sparks discussions and actions around the gender gap, diversity, anti-bias, allyship, culture, recruitment and much more.

Travel has been pushed to the brink, but is coming back! Many travel companies and travel distribution technologies have been forced to make tough choices that have significantly reduced their teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the burden of care and education increases with closed schools and lockdowns globally, women at all levels are stepping off the career path – for now. This, of course, disproportionately impacts people of color. At the same time, recent research by McKinsey & Co. reaffirms that teams with diverse perspectives – and leadership – perform better and thrive by innovating during tough situations.

What practical steps can we embrace as an industry as we rebuild strong, diverse, inclusive teams? What are some best practices that can inform our decisions as we intentionally recruit people to reflect the diverse needs of the consumer travelers we ultimately serve?

Join us (free!) to explore recruiting, culture and more as we navigate our way back from the brink and into the future of travel.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

In Phocuswright-style, we'll deliver data and trends, brilliant leaders, discussions, challenges and calls-to-action … all designed to encourage growth and smart thinking around tough topics.

If you would like to contribute and can share your own initiatives toward Diversity in Leadership, please
email Kimberly Newbury .

How to participate:

  1. Share your expertise at the event – contact Kimberly Newbury for more information

  2. Tell colleagues and peers about the event and encourage them to join

  3. Become a sponsor of the Diversity in Leadership Program – contact our team to get started

"Our latest analysis reaffirms the strong business case for both gender diversity and ethnic and cultural diversity in corporate leadership— and shows that this business case continues to strengthen. The most diverse companies are now more likely than ever to outperform non-diverse companies on profitability."
Diversity Wins: How Inclusion Matters - McKinsey & Co. May 2020

57% of women and 38% of men cite ‘bias among management’ as an obstacle for travel industry professionals to rise to the top according to the 2019 Phocuswright Gender Equity Study

"We see bright spots at senior levels. But companies need to focus their efforts earlier in the pipeline to make real progress."
LEAN IN Study - Women in the Workplace 2018

"More senior leaders at companies – 73% – say achieving equality for women in the workplace is a priority, up from 56% four years ago.​" ​
Vanessa  Fuhrmans, Oct. 15, 2019 ​ - The Wall Street Journal

"Research from Harvard Business School and other sources advises companies to recruit a diverse team and specifically ensure there is an environment where members feel comfortable and confident expressing their opinions. It’s critical that team members don’t feel intimidated in group sessions, allowing for their best thinking to come forward. Thus, I would expect diverse leadership teams to solve problems more effectively."
Kweilin Ellingrud, Jan 20, 2019 - Forbes