Women in Leadership (WIL) Initiative
About Women in Leadership Initiative
Women in Leadership is an EHL initiative with a focus on projects regarding women, and on a wider scale the initiative aims to promote leadership, culture, and policies that foster diverse, balanced, and people-focused environments. It strives so that our students, faculty, staff, and alumni can lead fulfilled professional and personal lives.
Given the substantial untapped female leadership potential across the world, we believe that women aspiring to create a positive impact in organizations and society should be empowered to attain their vision and contribute to leadership diversity.
The WIL Initiative Promotes
- INFORMATION: by raising awareness, disseminating state-of-the-art knowledge, debating ‘off-limits’ topics and sharing experiences and best practices
- ACTION: by accompany promising individuals for growth, expanding network and opportunities for development, developing tailored solutions for companies, and creating innovative women-related projects
- Leadership diversity and inclusion
- Women in hospitality, women and entrepreneurship
- Networking, mentoring, coaching, championing women
- Flexible work arrangements, managing work and family, parenthood
- Talent management, pay equity, sexual harassment
- Women’s careers, dual-career couples, expatriation
- Dr Sowon KIM, associate professor and founding member of the EHL Women in Leadership Initiative
- Meloney BRAZZOLA, Director of Communications, EHL
- Valerie DE CORTE, Director of Alumni & Industry Relations, EHL
- Alexia MUTEKE-CEPPI, Senior Consultant at EHL Advisory Services
The WIL initiative at EHL organizes regular expert conferences and workshops on campus for its students, faculty, and staff. We also welcome our alumni and industry professionals. Find out more through the below examples.
- Human Trafficking and the Hotel Industry: How to Combat this Crime Against Women (23.05.2019), by Dr Maureen Brookes, Associate Professor in Marketing at Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Oxford Brookes University and Director of Sheermain Ltd
Human trafficking is a rapidly growing criminal activity. The Global Slavery Index (2018) identifies that there are 40.3 million global victims of modern slavery and that 71% of these victims are women. Sadly, many of these victims remain undetected; hidden even when these crimes are committed in plain sight.
The hotel industry is increasingly recognized as being vulnerable to human traffickers and therefore as having a role to play in combatting this heinous crime. Drawing on European Commission funded research, this presentation is designed to help industry professionals, educators and students to understand why hotels are vulnerable to human trafficking and to identify the critical intervention points within hotels where signs of trafficking can be spotted and barriers erected. It will introduce a range of resources that hoteliers and educators can use to take a lead role in combatting human trafficking in order to protect their business and support victims
Leadership Diversity at AccorHotels (02.05.2019), by Maud Bailly, Chief Digital Officer of Accor
Maud Bailly will share how leadership and diversity are developed at Accor, including RiiSE, the Group’s international network to promote diversity. “Diversity is a powerful driver of collective performance: it is important to involve women & men, seniors and juniors, people from different backgrounds and managers at the highest level to set an example. Promoting gender diversity is everyone’s duty regardless of their own gender. And this is the main ambition of the RiiSE, our internal diversity network at Accor.” (M. Bailly)
- Expanding Your Influence Workshop (15.01.2019), by Alexia Muteke-Ceppi, Senior Consultant at EHL Advisory Services
The research and evidence is clear: inclusive leaders and inclusive organizations outperform those that are not, yet women remain underrepresented in all levels of management.
The workshop is designed to share tips and techniques that enables you to learn how to build your influence by applying these principles to any number of (business) interactions, from managing, mentoring and negotiating to conversations, writing and presentations. In addition, you will learn how to choose the best principle for any given situation.
- Building Self-Confidence Workshop (13.11.2018), by Dr Paul Vanderbroeck, Executive Consultant, Researcher and Author, Visiting Professor of Organizational Behavior at EHL and LUISS Business School in Rome
Related Publications in Hospitality Insights
Women in Hospitality: Managing Work and Family
An increasing number of women in hospitality join leadership positions without an intention to leave their family ambitions behind. What enables them to achieve their life goals? A study by Dr. Sowon Kim looks into key factors that help women manage this balancing act.
Women in Leadership: Building Self-Confidence
Self-confidence is linked to hiring and promotion decisions and there is a widely-shared belief that women lack self-confidence to take on greater responsibilities.
Women in Leadership: a Rallying Cry
Women in leadership: how flexible work arrangement affect organizational outcomes in the hospitality sector.
Infographic - Half a Century of Researching Women in the Workplace
From now outdated gender role stereotypes to diversity and leadership, the last 40 years have unveiled an analysis and discourse shift around women in the workplace.
All you Need is Love (and Supervisor Support)
All businesses seek to retain key staff. Work-family balance is one successful strategy by having support from the managers and the family.