Leadership Development Programmes
The Global Female Leader Programme (GFLP) - Nominations for Cohort 3 Are Now Open
The WiHTL Global Female Leader Programme (GFLP) is a unique, comprehensive cross-industry programme designed to provide a series of experiences and learning opportunities to support career progression for high potential female leaders in the HTL industry.
Thank you to AlixPartners for being a supporting partner of the 3rd GFLP cohort January - June 2022.
The programme is open to WiHTL members to attend (member companies can nominate up to 2 female leaders per cohort). Non-members are also able to participate for a fee per participant. Nominations close 15th December 2021.
"I am incredibly grateful to McDonald's and Hilton for supporting this groundbreaking programme and making it available to all our members. While progress is being made, representation at board level of ethnically diverse leaders is still far from reflecting the general population, and the pace of acceleration in our sector must be increased. The programme will include access to intimate conversations with existing C-suite Executives / Board members, major Executive Search Firms and Institutional Shareholders and Private Equity representatives - taking leaders on a journey of meaningful action, shared experience, personal and professional growth, and aiming to facilitate long lasting change."
Tea Colaianni, Founder & Chair, WiHTL & Diversity in Retail (DiR)
"The success of the Ethnic Future Leaders programme has shown first- hand how powerful programmes like these are to developing collective talent pipelines for the future of our industry. We recognise the immediate need to do more to tackle the representation gaps at the very top. McDonald’s are delighted to partner with Hilton in support of the ‘Ethnic Senior Leader - Get Board Ready’ Programme. I’m excited about the possibility to positively influence the progression of diverse leaders into Executive Board roles and have no doubt that the programme will inspire and equip diverse senior talent in reaching the highest levels of our organisations."
Gareth Pearson, Senior Vice President, Chief Operations Officer, UK and Ireland, McDonald's
New! Ethnic Senior Leaders - Get Board Ready Programme (ESL) - Starts 23rd November 2021
"Hilton has a diverse global workforce serving diverse guests and we are proud to be partnering with WiHTL for the inaugural Ethnic Senior Leader programme, which will ensure the development and progression of diverse talent to the most senior levels of our industry. This aligns with our company-wide diversity strategy and builds on our involvement with the Ethnic Minority Future Leader programme, providing a continued pathway for diverse talent to senior leadership roles."
Simon Vincent, Area President EMEA, Hilton
Ethnic Future Leaders Programme (EFL)
Produced in partnership with McDonald's, the Ethnic Future Leaders Programme (EFL) aims to improve ethnic diversity in leadership through identifying and investing in existing high potential ethnic minorities employees and supporting their progression into more senior roles across HTL and Retail. Cohort 2 has now started.
The EMFL Yearbook for Cohort 1 is now available and contains the inspirational stories of the participants, role models and executives who took part. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for your copy.
We offer 3 types of mentoring support:-
Mentoring is a fantastic way to achieve a step change in the number of women reaching senior leadership roles. Our Mentoring Support is delivered as part of the Global Female Leader Programme.
The Bitesized Mentoring Programme offers a solution for those who may not be able to commit to a structured long term mentoring partnership or who wish to focus on a singular challenge or question in a condensed time frame. Get started now - simply complete a profile.
WiHTL has partnered with PushFar to provide a mentoring platform for the benefit of all those who have joined our mentoring programme, including:
An effective way to manage your mentoring relationships
The ability to schedule and track mentoring meetings
Set and manage mentoring goals, reminders and notes
Reminders and prompts to help mentors and mentees to stay on-top of mentoring
Share knowledge, ask questions and network with other members of the mentoring scheme
Provide feedback to your mentor or mentee