Marriott International introduces female leadership initiative in the Middle East, Africa

The initiative helps women through a series of networking and mentorship programmes

Image used for illustrative purpose
Image used for illustrative purpose

Marriott International in the MENA region has introduced a Female Leadership Initiative (FLI), to support female leaders, the property has announced.

The programme helps women through a “series of initiatives including a networking programme for existing leaders, a mentorship programme for future leaders and more focused learning and development initiatives”.

Speaking about the initiative, Alex Kyriakidis, president & MD, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International said: “Marriott established a Women’s Leadership Development Initiative in 1999 that is intended to increase the presence of women in the highest levels of management and in other key decision-making positions.

"By forming FLI we aim to increase female leadership presence in the Middle East and Africa. Hotelier Middle East recognised nine female leaders at Marriott International Middle East and Africa in its top 25 women in hospitality power list 2019. This is a great testament to the caliber of female leaders in the region and our commitment to develop and grow more future leaders," he added.

Currently, Marriott has seven women who lead divisions globally with revenue greater than $100 million, and women comprise nearly 50% of the company’s executive leadership team.

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