Marriott International today announced that it will expand its diversity and inclusion initiatives across Asia Pacific by encouraging more women to assume leadership roles within the company and helping women in the community to achieve their career aspirations.
Regan Taikitsadaporn, chief human resources officer for Asia Pacific at Marriott International, said: “Championing women and empowering their leadership isn’t just good business, it’s smart business. Diversity makes us more capable, competitive and strategic. Ever since the days of our co-founder, Alice S. Marriott, women have powered our growth and I am personally committed to ensuring their continued success.”
To empower women to share their experiences, the company encourages associates to form mentorships and create small local gatherings to exchange advice and insights on achieving new career possibilities.
The company also offers formal leadership programmes to female staff. Marriott’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative was founded in 1999 with the aim of increasing the presence of women in management or decision-making positions.
The APAC Women In Leadership (WIL) committee supports 26 Ambassadors across 11 APAC countries to design and implement initiatives that engage women in dialogue about their lives and careers. Within China, the East China Women Leaders Aspiration Program offers a one-year mentoring programme.
Through a strategic partnership with the Asian University for Women (AUW), Marriott International also hopes to empower the next generation of women leaders from developing markets. The company provided 50 volunteer mentors for AUW students and work-study opportunities for AUW students last year, enabling them to experience life at Marriott in Hong Kong and in locations across south Asia. The company was part of AUW’s annual charity gala which raised more than USD 550,000 to support AUW student scholarships.
Marriott International will dedicate its upcoming APAC Women In Leadership (WIL) conference to recognizing the roles that both women and men play in achieving a better balance in the workplace. It will also celebrate the rise of millennial women travellers and their influence over travel decision-making.
Alongside the WIL conference, set to take place from June 13-15 at the Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan, Marriott International will also launch a new study into the travel trends of female millennials and what drives their decision-making.
Peggy Fang Roe, chief sales and marketing officer for Marriott International Asia Pacific, said: “Today’s women are bold, confident and adventurous travellers. We’re excited to be at the forefront of designing experiences that inspire them and reflect their needs as travel decision-makers.”