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Executive Leadership

Executive leadership is the ability to influence and guide individuals to get their best performance. The content featured in this category provides valuable insights for executive leaders on how to manage their teams better and meet organizational goals.

Tourism Australia’s Managing Director on Attracting Visitors From Across the Globe, Preparing for an Uncertain Future, and More


We asked Phillipa Harrison, managing director, Tourism Australia, a series of questions about her experience as a leader, the tourism industry, and navigating COVID-19 and the post-pandemic travel landscape. She provided thoughtful and inspirational responses.  Women Leading Travel & Hospitality: Tell us about your background. How did you get into the tourism industry? Phillipa Harrison:...

Uber's Chief People Officer on Implementing a Hybrid Work Environment


We asked Nikki Krishnamurthy, chief people officer, Uber, about bringing employees back to corporate offices post-COVID. Among other topics, Krishnamurthy addressed implementing a hybrid model vs. fully in-person work. The interview with Krishnamurthy was part of our latest report, Back-to-Office Checklist: Executives Navigate the Challenges, Unknowns, and Plans for Defining a New Way to Work....

An In-Depth Look Into Marriott's Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives


We asked Marisa Milton, senior vice president, global talent acquisition and inclusive opportunity, Marriott International, a series of questions about the company’s diversity, inclusion and equity efforts. Milton provided specific examples and advice for others in the industry. Women Leading Travel & Hospitality: What are some specific programs Marriott has put in place to promote...

5 Ideas to Make Back-to-Work Successful


I returned to the office … and it didn’t go so well. The cats had taken up residence on my desk. There was a territorial dispute. We’re still in negotiations, but I’m happy with the progress we’ve made so far. At one point, when tensions were escalating and I needed to step away for a...

As Diversity Month Wraps Up, Consider the 5 Disciplines of Inclusive Leaders


April is Diversity Month. Though the month-long celebration is coming to a close, Women Leading Travel & Hospitality is committed to recognizing and celebrating people of diverse backgrounds year-round. We’re passionate about focusing on and sharing specific steps leaders can take to promote diversity, inclusion and equity. Many organizations discuss the topic — we want...

How Hyatt is Planning for the Future Without Historical Data, Tackling Other Pandemic-Related Challenges


We asked Julia Vander Ploeg, senior vice president, global head of digital and technology, Hyatt, about how she plans to help lead her organization through post-pandemic recovery. Vander Ploeg provided detailed explanations of her approach and hopes regarding the future. Our interview with Vander Ploeg is part of Women Leading Travel & Hospitality’s recent report,...

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