Marriott’s women executives help lead the way
Marriott International was recognised by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) as one of the Top 50 Companies For Women in 2012. Marriott was ranked in the top 15 on this list, which recognises organisations whose policies and practices encourage the advancement of women.
Today, women hold many powerful jobs at Marriott, ranging from president of a major operating division to global leader of sales and revenue management to general managers of some of the company’s most profitable hotels. In addition, two of Marriott’s ten board members are women.
Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media and CEO, NAFE, says, “The NAFE Top 50 Companies are major employers that are committed to hiring, retaining and promoting executive women. They represent a cross-section of companies that go way beyond lip service in helping women succeed. Almost seven out of 10 companies require their managers to receive training on how to hire, advance or manage women. Manager accountability is the main ingredient for success.”
Marriott is being recognized for its Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, which ensures women’s development and advancement in revenue-generating and global leadership roles, and the Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, which focuses on three pillars: Leadership and Development, Networking and Mentoring, and Workforce Effectiveness.
Last year, Marriott senior leaders across the country held “Evenings of Engagement.” The objective of these events is for senior leaders to have meaningful interactions with managers to discuss their aspirations and share insight on methods to achieve career goals. In 2010, nearly 900 associates participated (62 percent women) in 34 events, and they continued to take place in 2011.
Marriott continues to enhance training options and promote a world of opportunities available to all associates. Last year, the company launched the redesigned career website Destination Marriott, inviting job seekers to find the “career journey that is right for you.”