(20 July 2021)
IHG Hotels & Resorts has strengthened its commitment
to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) by investing further in
female leaders in Thailand – with 45% of General Manager roles now
held by women.

Globally, 38% of the company’s senior leaders are
women.

Kate Gerits. Click to enlarge.

Kate Gerits, Regional General Manager,
Thailand Central and South and General Manager of Holiday Inn
Pattaya, explained: “The beauty of the travel and hospitality
industry is that we have the opportunity to work in different
countries and experience a very diverse workplace, with employees
and guests from all over the world. This brings about a culture
that values and celebrates differences. We have female leaders
across our hotels with varied skillsets and experiences, and
that’s fantastic as they’re the type of role models who inspire
the next generation of leaders.”

IHG has implemented a host of initiatives to
support its female leaders, including RISE, a 12-month global
mentoring programme that aims to increase the number of women in
General Manager and other senior positions.

RISE participants get access to a dedicated mentor
and sponsor matched to their needs and expertise, have access to
learning modules, career development workshops and have the
opportunity to lead a Lean In circle in their hotel.

Some 50% of participants in South East Asia and
Korea have advanced into a new opportunity with some moving into
General Manager roles.

Juthamas Sakulpisut (Judy). Click to enlarge.

Juthamas Sakulpisut (Judy), RISE graduate and
mentor and General Manager of Holiday Inn Express Bangkok
Sukhumvit 11, said, “My advice to aspiring female leaders is to
never doubt yourself and always believe you are capable of so much
more. Take risks and go for it. IHG’s initiatives such as RISE
provide aspiring female leaders with great support in the form of
a dedicated mentor to provide guidance, and a sponsor to advocate
career growth and success. The senior leadership team at IHG
continually challenges me, gives me confidence in my roles and
supports my career aspirations and, as a RISE mentor, I now
support young women to achieve their goals and dreams, too.”

IHG’s other DE&I initiatives include conscious
inclusion training for its corporate teams and hotel General
Managers, and a global network of local DE&I councils, which
represent its regions and markets through giving its people a
voice and providing them with advice, direction and support.

Nattareutai Thanapoomikul (Aimmy). Click to enlarge.

Nattareutai Thanapoomikul (Aimmy), South East Asia
& Korea DE&I Council Member and pre-opening General Manager of
Holiday Inn Resort Samui Bophut, said, “Being a woman in
hospitality has its challenges, but thankfully IHG provides
dedicated opportunities through which we can bring out the best in
ourselves. These include the RISE programme, Lean-In Circle –
which encourages women to meet in small groups – and our DE&I
councils. These initiatives have nurtured my leadership
capabilities and allowed me to achieve my dream to become a
successful leader. As a member of the South East Asia and Korea
DE&I council, I can impact change, and I want to inspire others to
do more and become the best versions of themselves they can be.
IHG is definitely the right place to pursue our dreams.”

With a family of 16 hotel brands, IHG has nearly
6,000 open hotels in more than 100 countries, and a further 1,800
in the development pipeline.

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