Leadership Development Programmes

The Global Female Leader Programme (GFLP)

The 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.

This programme aims to:

  • understand strategic thinking for leadership

  • increase confidence and personal resilience

  • build career-enhancing networks

  • provide insights into the journey of a C-suite leader

  • create an Individual Action Plan

Cohort 4 will launch in November 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.

For non-members and further details, email silvia@wihtl.com

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Ethnic Senior Leaders Programme (ESL)


This programme is designed to support and prepare ethnic senior leaders for promotion to Executive Board level. It is aimed at those preparing to take on increasing levels of responsibility and greater challenges as they move into more senior leadership/management roles.

It will help delegates to:

  • discover leadership strategies and develop self-awareness to succeed along the way

  • start honest conversations about under-representation in the workplace and barriers to success

  • navigate the corporate environment

  • build a productive and meaningful network

Numbers are limited to 15 Participants per cohort.

For non-members and further details, email laura@wihtl.com

Female NED Programme

Our unique programme is specifically designed to prepare female senior leaders for non-executive director (NED) roles within the hospitality, travel, leisure and retail sectors and support them in understanding the skills required.

It will help delegates to:

  • add strategic value in the boardroom

  • discover practical strategies

  • improve networking

  • raise professional profile

  • find and secure the right role

This programme is open to members only and launches in September 2022.

For non-members and further details, email silvia@wihtl.com

Ethnic Future Leaders Programme (EFL)

Produced in partnership with IHG, the Ethnic Future Leaders Programme (EFL) aims to improve ethnic diversity in leadership through identifying and investing in existing high potential employees from diverse ethnic backgrounds supporting their progression into more senior roles across Hospitality, Travel, Leisure and Retail.

Benefits include:

  • access to industry-specific content

  • become part of a lasting alumni network

  • experience reverse mentoring with senior leaders

  • guidance from industry leaders and external experts

  • personalised support for career progression

Cohort 3 will launch in September 2022.

For non-members and further details, email silvia@wihtl.com





The second cohort of the Ethnic Future Leaders Programme has recently graduated in a fantastic online event. This video encapsulates key learning and highlights from the course as described by the delegates, and gives true insight into the impact the programme has made on the lives of those who took part. Each delegate also featured in a Yearbook curating memorable moments from the programme.