Programme of Events

9th November 2021 – Webinar: Sorry, not Sorry

Time: 14.00-15.00 GMT

Speakers: Victoria McLean, CEO City CV

Research has shown that women can inadvertently damage their careers by over-apologising in the workplace. Victoria McLean will talk us through the psychology behind repeatedly saying 'sorry' in relation to gender, culture and a lack of self-confidence but also explain the negative impact over-apologising can have on a woman's career and ambition.

Discussion will include practical tips on how to overcome the apologising habit by having the courage of our convictions and ways to increase our sense of empowerment at work.

Open to all

16th November 2021 – Transgender Awareness Week Webinar: How to Create a Supportive Workplace for All

Time: 14.00-15.00 GMT

Speakers: Bobbi Pickard, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, bp & Polly Shute, Co-Founder of Out and About LGBTQ

As part of Transgender Awareness Week, attend this webinar to find out how to create a workplace that supports all gender diversity and encourages trans allies.

More information coming soon.

18th November 2021 – Jodi Goldman Webinar: She Steps Up Session 3 'How to be a changemaker'

Time: 11.30-12.30 GMT

Assertiveness is one of the most important skills needed for success in all areas. You need to be able to assertively communicate your needs, thoughts and ideas in order to initiate change of any kind. But, for a lot of women, they find the line between avoiding conflict, wanting to be nice and being overly aggressive hard to manage.

In this masterclass you will learn:

1. What it truly means to be assertive.

2. How to communicate in an assertive manner.

3. How to assertively influence change.

Open to all

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WiHTL Webinar Recordings

Prince's Trust Women Supporting Women: The Brilliant Breakfast – Face Yoga Session

Host: Kari Cordier

This session is now over. If you'd like to make a donation to the fantastic work the Prince's Trust do to support women, click here.
The Brilliant Breakfast's mission is to inspire and invite everyone from all over the UK to get together and host a breakfast to raise money for The Prince's Trust Women Supporting Women initiative. After a year which has seen young women among the hardest hit by the pandemic, affecting both their mental health and employment prospects, help is wanted to raise the desperately needed funds to support them into education, employment or training. With enough Brilliant Breakfasts happening up and down the UK we can make a big difference and have some fun together in the process!
WiHTL joined forces with the wonderful Kari Cordier for an exclusive Face Yoga session and learning how to soften and relax face muscles to help alleviate anxiety, stress and worry and look younger!

Black History Month Webinar Recording: Moving Past ‘Diversity’ to ‘Intentional Inclusion'

Speakers: Ivié Itoje- Anti-racism Expert, Flair and Georgina Warren, Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager, IHG

Join Flair Impact, an organisation dedicated to building anti-racist cultures through performance tracking and data-driven solutions, to discuss how to drive intentional inclusion. This webinar seeks to explore the limitations of ‘diversity’ without organisations adequately creating an intentional culture of inclusion. Flair will delve into how we define intentional inclusion, why intentional inclusion is important and how to retain a diverse and satisfied pool of talent. Championing an inclusive and equitable organisation goes much deeper than overseeing diversity numbers.

Webinar Recording: How to Retain your Talent in a Candidate-Short Market

Speaker: Victoria McLean, CEO City CV

The war for talent is a worldwide challenge. COVID and Brexit have brought new and unexpected ways of working, general uncertainty and a seismic movement in the job market. With such a scarcity of suitable potential candidates, organisations need to hold on to their employees. In this webinar, Victoria McLean CEO City CV, offered some actionable insights and tactics to help you overcome talent and retention challenges as well as how to consider engaging previous employees and attracting them back to your organisation.

World Mental Health Day Webinar Recording: Mental Health in an Unequal World

Speakers: Dr. Andres Fonseca, Co-Founder/CEO, Thrive, Amanda Scott, Director of Talent, Learning and D&I, Compass UK&I, and Dr. Sonia Ponzo, Head of Clinical Research, Thrive

This year, the theme for World Mental Health Day is "Mental Health in an unequal world". 2020 highlighted a number of inequalities due to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, which has contributed to record numbers for UK citizens requesting Mental Health support from the NHS.

Experts from the NHS approved Mental Health app, Thrive, discussed Mental Health trends within the D&I space, how to support different communities and what practical steps businesses can take to support ALL their people, equally.

Webinar Recording - National Inclusion Week Webinar - Exploring the Impact of Covid-19 on Gender Equality in HTL

How have 'Covid-19 actions' such as the furlough scheme, impacted gender bias in the Hospitality, Travel and Leisure (HTL) industry? What specific actions are needed beyond the pandemic to support organisations to drive forward gender equality? How might support for working families and flexible working policies be adapted?

Hosted by Joanna Aunon, Director, WiHTL this webinar sees David Whitfield, CEO at HR DataHub present the research and its key findings from a joint research project exploring the impact of Covid-19 on gender equality within the HTL industry. They were joined by Oliver Black, Director, BrightHorizons and Juliet Turnbull, CEO & Founder 2to3days who shared insights into how the industry can now take tangible action.

Webinar Recording - Social Mobility - Creating a Level Playing Field for All

During this webinar the speakers, Rt Hon. Justine Greening, Founder of Social Mobility Pledge and former Minister for Women, Donna Catley, Chief People Officer Compass Group (UK&I), André Flemmings, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing at WHSmith and Tracey Groves, CEO Intelligent Ethics & Partner, StoneTurn, discussed what we mean by the term 'social mobility', if the pandemic be a catalyst for change within the HTL (and other) industries, how can companies seize the opportunities that now present themselves, particularly in the demand for Talent and how an organisation might measure its success and impact in driving change.

Webinar Recording - Virtual Roundtable - Global HR Leaders in HTL

On 2nd December 2020, Tea Colaianni, Founder and Chair WiHTL chaired a panel discussion with Global HR Leaders in HTL from Australia, Greater China, Continental Europe and the UK and explored the people challenges facing HTL businesses in different geographies at this time of great uncertainty.

Guest speakers included -

  • Len Jillard, CPO International Markets, McDonald’s Restaurants

  • Ying Ying Koh , VP HR Greater China, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

  • Rosie McArdle, Executive Director, Compass Group Australia

  • Michael Custers, CMO, SD Worx

Webinar Recording: The Impact of Menopause at Work - An Insight into HTL - White Paper Launch

WiHTL launched a new white paper in partnership with Lauren Chiren, Women of a Certain Stage, on the impact of the menopause in the workplace in the hospitality, travel and leisure industry. The webinar contains insights from our unique research along with recommended key actions for employers and a call for employers to provide support in order to create a gender-inclusive environment that benefits all.

Listen to the Podcast - 'The Voice of Leaders With Paul Pomroy'

Leaders have a powerful voice when it comes to creating a culture where diversity of thought is valued and people feel included and they belong.

Join Tea Colaianni, Founder and Chair of WiHTL, as she interviews Paul Pomroy, Corporate SVP International Operated Markets, McDonald's about his leadership journey, career lessons learnt along the way, being an advocate for inclusivity and belonging, their views on why diversity matters to all stakeholders.

If you want to be inspired by ‘real’ models, this podcast is for you. You can listen now listen to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcasts -

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