Friday, 25 September 2015

Being a Female Leader In Business Still Makes You Interesting.

This week I am sharing a blog from the fabulous Jo Rzymowska, Managing Director of Celebrity Cruises, UK and Ireland. Jo will speak at the Women in Travel Meet Upin November and here she reflects on the fact that women leaders in business are still a 'rare breed' and why we need to change that. She also highlights the importance of finding a mentor, always a winning move if you ask me! I am delighted that Jo is participating in the panel as she has a wealth of experience to share. Whether you are in travel or not, join this Women in Travel event to hear from some really experienced leaders!   

Unfortunately, being a female leader in business still makes you interesting. There simply aren’t enough of us.

That’s why I’m pleased to be speaking at the WTM Women in Travel meet-up event during World Travel Market 2015. I’m hoping to meet more of the women who will be leaders in travel in the future, and the women and men who will inspire them to get there.

Events like the WTM Women in Travel meet-up provide a reason for the travel industry to take a moment to think through how we can attract more great female talent into the sector, and retain it.  
We also need to show young people first thinking about their 
careers, those considering a career change, that travel is a 
business that recognises the value that women can bring to the 
boardroom table, and is a diverse and rewarding choice. 

Personally, for me events such as the WTM Women in Travel meet-up are really inspiring. I meet incredible people who are all at different stages in their career, all have different stories to tell about being an ambitious female in business, and all who I learn different things from.

From my own career experience, I know that having exceptional mentors and people you trust to chew-the-fat when it comes to crunch-time decisions, are really important. The moments where my career accelerated have all been down to other people giving me an opportunity, or pushing me to a situation that felt uncomfortable.

None of us takes the next difficult step without encouragement. My hope for the WTM Women in Travel meet-up is that many of us attending meet our next mentor or the next person who will present an unexpected opportunity. Responding to change and making hard decisions is what makes of us better at our roles, and improves our comfort when taking risks.

For me, the greatest risk is that I will remain being a minority as a female managing director in the travel sector. I hope that you join me at this meet-up and show me that my fears are unfounded. I look forward to meeting the future female business leaders. 

Alessandra is an experienced mentor, business coach, consultant and strategist. She supports individuals - especially women - and organisations in achieving their potential through customised, outcome driven interventions . You can find out more about Alessandra here and contact her by email here.

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