Today’s guest blog is from Jo Rzymowska, MD Celebrity Cruises, UK and Ireland. Jo will be speaking at the Women in Travel meet up at WTM, so don’t miss the opportunity to hear from her live as well as enjoying her thoughts on the topic of women and leadership below.
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.
See you on 3 November 2015 at ExCel.