Last updated: 10:26 PM ET, Mon March 09 2015

Hilton Reveals Survey of Female Employees, Holds Dedicated Conference

Hotel & Resort | Ryan Rudnansky | March 09, 2015

Hilton Reveals Survey of Female Employees, Holds Dedicated Conference

Hilton Worldwide's Women in Leadership Committee in Greater China and Mongolia (GCM) released results today of a nationwide survey that polled its female workforce in China, while also holding a conference designed to inspire women leaders to be proud of their roles. 

The two-pronged effort is an ode to recent positive developments for women workers in China. According to Fortune Magazine, women now hold 51 percent of leadership roles in China. Chinese women also outnumbered women from all other Asian countries in Forbes Asia’s “50 Power Businesswomen” list this year.

In February, Hilton’s Women in Leadership Committee in GCM commissioned a survey of 5,700 of its female team members across 52 properties in China, conducted by third-party agency Shi Bisset & Associates.

More than two-thirds (64 percent) of survey respondents noted that “demonstrated commitment to equality at the executive level was an important factor affecting women's career progression in China's hospitality industry.” Half of respondents also said that “supportive systems for promotion and mobility are important.”

Hilton noted in the release that it is committed to fostering a culture “where its team members — both men and women — feel valued, respected and encouraged to reach their full potential.” The global hospitality company currently has two major programs that provide opportunities for its employees to receive mentoring from company executives: the Executive Committee Diversity Networking Program and Women's Leadership Development Program.

"In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, utilizing all human capital, social and economic assets (is) crucial for success,” said Martin Rinck, president of Asia Pacific for Hilton Worldwide, via a release. “Furthermore, studies consistently demonstrate that diversity of opinion and experience creates a positive and measurable improvement on a company's performance. To this end, we committed to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles a year ago, to promote equal opportunity for women. We are identifying high-performing, high-potential female team members with the aptitude and interest to rise through the ranks, and seek to create an even more conducive environment in our hotels for women to lead and be role models for others."

"Women... seek a supportive system for promotion and mobility, and Hilton Worldwide is continuously looking to create a conducive environment that promotes women in leadership," added Lawrence Lee, vice president of human resources for Greater China & Mongolia at Hilton Worldwide. "To this end, Hilton Worldwide has in place networking and mentoring programs for women, as well as a Gender Equality in Leadership Committee dedicated to better understanding the needs of our (female) talent in this region."

The “Women in Leadership” conference held today not only strived to inspire Hilton’s women leaders and future leaders, but it also was a chance to exchange knowledge and ideas and drive discussion about talent development and equal opportunity.


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