Race & Ethnicity
In 2019 WiHTL Advisory Board and HR Leaders Steering Group decided to extend its remit beyond gender diversity and focus on race and ethnicity. Since then we have hosted 3 masterclasses with over 200 attendees from within our community and beyond. Many companies have come together sharing a desire to understand the challenges faced by people from ethnic minorities across hospitality, travel and leisure and to co-create solutions that give BAME employees a voice and a clear path to get to managerial and leadership level. Most companies across HTL are at the beginning of their journey in this area, some have taken steps like introducing blind CVs, others have run surveys among their BAME employees, and 15 HTL companies have signed the Race at Work Charter. Many leaders are looking for guidance on how to start the conversation about race, how to create genuinely inclusive cultures, how to attract, recruit and retain talent from ethnic minorities and create innovative and practical solutions.
We seek to help companies on this journey.
To join the conversation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Thank you so much for including me, I feel less alone than I did before I walked in."
"The first time in a 20 year career in HTL where BAME has been discussed."
"Thank you WiHTL for empowering organisations to have these conversations and giving us the opportunity to share our stories."
"It was one of the best training events I have attended in a two decade career. The content was well curated and presenters were excellent. The topic was sensitively handled, but also pushed hard enough to say we have to do something. It was a privilege to be in room."
"It was fantastic to be present in a forum where honest and open conversations are taking place and someone is trying to lead change. Until we are open enough to talk about the issue change isn’t going to happen. I had the opportunity to hear strong, intelligent and inspirational women and men (who are similar to me) share their stories, it was inspirational to see that they are successful. Despite the obstacles they have encountered they have made it and are now paving the way and driving change positively for others.
I know that there is a lot more to do and this was recognised by all the companies in the room, but it was great to hear that there is real positive change happening out there. I left the masterclass feeling inspired."
Race at Work Charter - HTL Signatories
Press release: Read more from the CEO's of the HTL brands who have signed the Charter
Race & Ethnicity in HTL Committee
Established in June 2020, the Race & Ethnicity in HTL Committee includes individuals who are passionate about progressing the conversation on racial equality across the hospitality, travel and leisure industry.
The Committee supports the creation of best practices, tools, webinar content as well as advise on how best to raise awareness and improve educational programmes.
For more information or to be involved, email email@example.com
Committee Members & Allies
Organisational Development Director
Avis Budget Group
Accounts Payable Manager
Bourne Leisure Ltd.
Wellbeing and Inclusion Manager
Group Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Compass Group Plc
Head of D&I UK & Ireland
Compass Group Plc
Digital Propositions Manager
Head of Talent Acquisition
People & Culture Director Director
Chief of Staff & General Counsel
Heathrow Airport Ltd.
VP Finance, EMEA
Head of Global Innovation
Learning & Development Manager
Global Talent Acquisition Director
InterContinental Hotel Group
Group Talent & Inclusion Partner
Culture & Inclusion Consultant
Head of Learning & Development
Regional Operations Manager
ODEON Cinemas Group
Head of People & Development
Head of People Services
VP Product & Operations
Head of Talent
Leadership Development Partner
Reverse Mentoring for Ethnic Minority Staff in HTL
Reverse Mentoring Programme
Historically, people are more likely to mentor someone who they feel an affinity with, rather than someone who is very different to them. Our programme seeks to turn traditional mentoring on its head, pairing ethnic minority employees with senior managers and executive board members across the industry who might otherwise not come together due to different cultural backgrounds, and work and life experiences.
The initiative is designed to enlighten leaders about issues on race and ethnicity by exposing them to insightful conversations and experiences that they may otherwise never encounter. It also provides ethnic minority staff with the transparency and recognition they are seeking from management to help enhance their career opportunities and promotion. Our overarching aim is to promote a culture of inclusion and belonging across our sector, where everyone feels understood and valued.
Objectives of the Reverse Mentoring Programme
Improve commitment among senior managers to recruit, promote and retain ethnic minority talent within our HTL companies;
Educate leaders within the industry about the lived experience and challenges ethnic minority employees face within and outside the workplace;
Provide ethnic minority employees with a greater understanding of the HTL industry and the skills required for managerial and senior positions, as well as access to professional networks;
Develop strategies to advance race equality and promote good relations between different groups across the HTL community.
Identified as being from an ethnic minority background
Interested in sharing their lived experience - professional and personal
Interested in learning from others in the HTL industries and further afield
Committed to developing and taking responsibility for their careers
Identified as Senior Executive Leaders
Committed to meeting mentees every 6-8 weeks for 12 months and agree to hold 4-6 meetings within this period
Committed to listen, learn and take on board a fresh perspective
Interested in the challenges ethnic minority employees face in the sector
Passionate about role modelling and inclusive leadership