FHW Staff – Mumbai
Marriott International has announced the company’s ‘Women in Leadership’ Asia Pacific conference. To be hosted at the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel, the three-day conference will bring together more than 75 Marriott female executives from across Asia Pacific to network, share their career success insights and learn about growth and development opportunities throughout the region. The conference also marks the 15th anniversary of the Marriott Women’s Leadership Initiative, which was created to provide career development opportunities for women throughout the company worldwide.
Simon Cooper, president and managing director – Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “The objective of this conference is to recognise the growing importance of women executives in our company as well as the entire industry. Marriott International is committed to support our women associates and help them grow personally and professionally.”
“I’m proud of the fact that Marriott International has made supporting women in leadership a priority. Across Asia Pacific, we are seeing the business community recognising and rewarding the talent and expertise women bring to the workplace. There is still progress to be made and our goal is to increase our ranks of female executives by 15 per cent over the next two years,” Cooper added.
Wide-ranging issues addressed include; ‘Defining the Role of Women in Organisations’ presented by Peggy Fang Roe, chief sales and marketing officer, Asia Pacific; ‘Developing and Inspiring Our Young Women’, presented by Yibing Mao, general counsel and senior vice president asset management, Asia Pacific; ‘Finding Balance in Work and Life’ presented by Lynda Aurora, partner – executive performance coach; and various colorful career stories of select participants.
The Conference will also focus on topics such as: Working with Diversity – Race, Culture and Gender; Building Your Presence and Leadership Brand; The Art of Networking and Influencing; Financial Acumen and Owner Relations; and Coping with Challenging and Changing Business Pressures.
Globally, women represent 52 percent of Marriott International’s workforce – which totaled some 200,000 in 2013. The percentage of women taking up senior positions is gradually increasing in Asia as 13 per cent of its hotel general managers are women. The growing influence of women executives is even more prominent in Greater China, one of the fastest growing market of Marriott International worldwide, with 12 women hotel general managers from a total of 74 – the highest percentage in the region.