The Programme

The aim of this programme is to achieve a step change in the number of women reaching senior leadership roles across the Hospitality, Travel and Leisure industry.

Through sharing cross-industry experiences and skills we hope to inspire women with high potential to further develop their careers, broaden their knowledge across the industry and achieve their full potential with the help and guidance of experienced mentors across Hospitality, Travel and Leisure.

Our Approach

Mentoring is a supportive and inspirational relationship based on trust and mutual respect and benefits accrue to both participants. The Mentor helps the Mentee to realise her potential.


The benefits of a mentoring relationship are monumental – for both Mentees and Mentors. From building new skills to making new contacts and forging a bond with someone in another part of the industry, mentoring offers some invaluable opportunities for everyone involved.

The Mentoring Relationship

The mentoring relationship is at the core of this programme. Great care is taken to match the Mentor and the Mentee so that they can have productive conversations, build strong bonds and support each other throughout the programme.



• Senior Executive leaders (women & men)

• Committed to meeting mentees every 6-8 weeks

• Providing support, challenge and a fresh perspective

• Interested in the challenges senior women face

• Passionate about and role modelling inclusive leadership


• Identified as high potential women

• Interested in learning from other industries

• Committed to development and taking responsibility for their careers

• Proactive and reliable in progressing the mentoring relationship


We take special care in matching Mentees with the right Mentors and ensure there is a great fit in terms of background, interests and goals.

The Mentors have diverse expertise and a commitment to support women progress across the Hospitality, Travel and Leisure sector.

Getting Started

Once the matching has been completed, the one-on-one relationship with your Mentee or Mentor will commence. This will last for one year and meeting a minimum of one hour 4-6 times per year.

The WiH2020 team will support the Mentors and Mentees to get the most out of their relationships.

Mentors and Mentees will have access to a wealth of support and useful online resources.

We will monitor to see how the mentoring relationship is progressing and will ask Mentors and Mentees to complete short feedback forms to reflect on achievements and development and to see how we can best support the mentoring programme.


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