On October 28th, I spent the day working side-by-side with Women in Hospitality United (WiHU) for a sprint session to affect change in the hospitality industry. It was a robust, fulfilling and inspiring day with the WiHU founders, host committee members, Preeti Mistry and Reem Assil, and 40 other womxn.
We flowcharted and brainstormed to help develop the 2025 Hospitality Industry Equity Goals, a blueprint and action plan to address the industry’s most pressing issues, including those related to a safer, harassment free workplace, ending the gender and racial wage gaps, and supporting a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline. A lot was accomplished and I walked away from the event hopeful, with a handful of fledgling friendships, which was a welcome added bonus!
What is WiHU?
Women in Hospitality United’s mission is to build community by creating safer spaces to gather; to foster leadership and champion the equitable advancement of all people through connection, mentorship, and resource sharing; to empower our members by providing tools, training, advocacy, and support; and to develop solutions and provide policies that set new standards for equity, accountability, and transparency in the industry. Born in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the non-profit was founded on the belief that there is an urgent need to revolutionize the industry and to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced.