AAHOA championed its goal to elevate women in hotel ownership at the inaugural 2022 AAHOA HerOwnership Conference & Retreat last week. Nearly 300 attendees gathered at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront to learn about ownership opportunities and create their path to success. The two-day event included a fantastic lineup of panels and speakers, including Executive Coach and Communications Expert Diane Ripstein, who delivered an upbeat and inspiring keynote speech on the steps women can take to become influential leaders.
Attendees heard from AAHOA President & CEO Laura Lee Blake, who empowered the women in the room with techniques to master the art of negotiation. Many women in all stages of their careers still feel uncomfortable with negotiation, but it is essential to doing business in the industry. I thank Laura Lee for helping women become better negotiators.
G6 Hospitality, Choice Hotels, Marriott International, Wyndham’s Women Own the Room, Red Roof, My Place, and Sonesta were also present, spotlighting their support and initiatives to advance women in hotel ownership.
In his address, Neal Patel, AAHOA Chairman, said, “It was an honor to be in a room full of leading women and know that AAHOA is playing an active role in opening doors for women in the industry. The HerOwnership Conference & Retreat was possible thanks to the vision, hard work, and dedication of Female Director Eastern Division, Lina Patel, and Female Director Western Division, Tejal Patel, alongside our fantastic AAHOA team, Officers, local ambassadors, members, speakers, and sponsors. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a huge success. What a way to continue our strong start for Q4 2022! Together, let’s continue to elevate women in our industry by ensuring their voices are heard, their skills are utilized, and that there’s a seat at the table for all.”