Happy International Day of Friendship! (At least a few days early.)

July 30 was proclaimed International Day of Friendship in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly (U.N.), with the idea being that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. It’s meant to be a day to step back, reflect and be thankful for our friends and friendships, as they ultimately promote and encourage peace, happiness and unity.

Every July 30, the U.N. encourages governments, community groups and other organizations to coordinate activities and events that celebrate the friendships that we keep close to us. However, it doesn’t have to be that organized! Celebrating friendships can be something as simple as writing a brief note or email to a friend to tell her how much she means to you, or calling a friend you haven’t seen in a while and letting her know you miss her.

We really encourage friendships here at Women Leading Travel and Hospitality. Yes, our mission is to unite, inspire and empower our community of executive women leaders by providing unparalleled resources, support and motivation to achieve personal and professional growth in the travel and hospitality industry. But let’s face it, what our members love the most about our group is the people they get to meet and the friendships they ultimately end up making. When it comes down to it, isn’t that really what it’s all about?

On July 30, I’m planning to check in with a former work associate friend whom I haven’t seen in a few years. I’m going to tell her how much she means to me and apologize for not keeping up with her as regularly as I would like. What will you do on International Day of Friendship? Let me know by dropping me a line at mcampanelli@napco.com.

(And, of course, if you would like to learn more about joining Women Leading Travel & Hospitality, where you will meet so many great women who will ultimately become your friends, please click here.)