Industry NewsHSMAI Foundation and Women in Travel THRIVE Release Research Paper

HSMAI Foundation and Women in Travel THRIVE Release Research Paper

McLEAN, Virginia—The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Foundation, in partnership with Women in Travel THRIVE, announced the release of a research paper titled “The Power of Mentorship.” Authored by Dr. Emily Ma, Professor of Hospitality at the University of Surrey, and Dr. Laurie Wu, Associate Professor at Temple University, this paper is part of HSMAI’s ongoing efforts to address the gender imbalance in leadership roles within the hospitality industry.

This research provides insights into the role of mentorships in empowering and advancing women in hospitality. The findings underscore the necessity of mentorship as a tool in nurturing the next generation of female leaders, ensuring their retention, and promoting their success in the hospitality sector.

Silvia Camarota, executive director and founding chair of Women in Travel THRIVE said, “Through the collaborative efforts of HSMAI Foundation and Women in Travel THRIVE, our joint research emphasizes the transformative impact of mentorship on fostering and empowering female leaders in the hospitality industry. This partnership underscores our commitment to bridging the gender gap and nurturing a diverse, inclusive leadership landscape within our field.”

“We believe this paper will be a catalyst for growth, encouraging organizations to adopt more inclusive and supportive practices for women,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, president and CEO, HSMAI. “By focusing on attracting diverse talent, creating through supportive networks, and promoting mentorship and leadership opportunities, we are setting the stage for transformative years ahead.”