Advancing Hospitality: Three Industry Leaders Share Advice for Women

Industry leaders at the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s (AHLA) inaugural ForWard event shared advice for women advancing their careers and raised questions around how female leaders today can support other women in the industry.

1“Sink or swim moments are often moments of personal growth.”

“Sink or swim moments are often moments of personal growth. I try to pay it forward by encouraging my team members and colleagues to step outside of their comfort zone, try something new, and take a bit of a risk. I think that is so empowering.”

Erica Gordon
Vice President, Government Affairs
Hilton

2“We all have another adventure in us.”

“We all have another adventure in us. Sometimes, when you think about change and opportunity as an adventure, it all turns out really spectacularly.”

Malaika Myers
Chief Human Resources Officer
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

3“How do we change the narrative around [workplace] flexibility?”

“If you are owning your stuff, if you are great at what you do, if you are providing and making an impact on the business, then no one should care if you’re sitting at your desk. How do we change the narrative around that flexibility so that it’s not an issue?”

Erica Hageman
Executive Vice President & General 
Counsel
Interstate Hotels & Resorts