Wise Words: Advice from Hospitality Leaders for Women in the Industry

Krissy Gathright - Women in Lodging

During the 2018 Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) at the first ever ALIS Women’s Networking Breakfast, industry leaders offered advice for women trying to move to the next level in hospitality. Read their advice below.

Krissy Gathright (top photo)
EVP & COO, Apple Hospitality REIT 
“Create your impact. There will be people along the way who will help support you, but it’s ultimately up to you. You control your own destiny. Do not wait for someone else to create a path for you.”


Leeny Oberg
EVP & CFO, Marriott International
“Know yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Get feedback, and work hard to get that feedback. It is not an easy thing to have people give you feedback, and it’s not easy for people to give feedback, particularly when it’s constructive. It is so critical as you find your career path that you know where your strengths and weaknesses are.”



Jagruti Panwala
Owner & President, Wealth Protection Strategies, Treasurer, AAHOA
“Build relationships. Attend conferences like this. Network not just with women, but men as well. I also just believe that you can’t achieve success on your own. Make sure you’re working with successful people, positive people.”

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