This March, Hilton held its largest Women@Hilton event. Around 3,000 Team Members at 150 locations across Europe, Middle East and Africa attended an inspiring day of speakers, panel discussions and practical workshops designed to empower every Team Member to play a part in this important agenda.
As a global hospitality business, diversity is fundamental to Hilton’s success, and we are committed to building a great place to work for all. Earlier this year, we attended the MAKERS conference and made a bold pledge to support our Team Members:
We pledge to make Hilton a great place to work where all women thrive – from our amazing housekeepers and on-property heroes to our corporate executives in engineering, finance and marketing across the region – by investing in every stage of their experience with us, and setting a bold strategy to achieve gender parity at our leadership levels.
To conclude our own event and echo the pledge made at MAKERS, delegates created their own personal pledges to highlight how they will commit to supporting diversity and inclusion. Here are a few highlights from our leaders.
Agata Balazinska, General Manager, Hilton Bracknell
I pledge to work closely with my team to ensure they work, develop themselves and thrive to build their future and a great place to be.
Aykut Korkmaz, General Manager, Hilton Baku
I will continue to support and organise inspirational events dedicated to diversity and inclusion at Hilton Baku to help younger female leaders unlock their potential and become future leaders.
Alex Murray, Vice President, Focused Service Operations, EMEA
Make a real difference and lead by example: offering equal job opportunities, work flexibility, personal development and support for everyone who is ready to thrive and break glass ceilings.
Ben Bengougam, Senior Vice President, HR, EMEA
I pledge to ensure our hotels and corporate offices in Hilton EMEA provide a supportive environment for all our Team Members to thrive, based on the broadest diversity, inclusion and belonging principles we subscribe to and aspire to achieve.
Joachim Hartl, General Manager, Hilton Barcelona Diagonal Mar
My pledge is to put gender diversity on my agenda today and beyond, by supporting women in achieving their ambitions, developing more inclusive and flexible cultures and rotting out workplace bias. I will create a platform across our Iberian Peninsula Hotels that will give a voice to our Team Members, empowering them and making them feel comfortable to talk about their needs and challenges. Together we can accelerate the clock.
Kim Van Campfort, Commercial Director, Suites and Focused Service Brands
My personal pledge is to make time to have meaningful conversations with young women about THEIR balanced choices.
Michael Specking, General Manager, Hilton Prague
I will continue to support such an environment at Hilton Prague where diversity and inclusion matter. This with predominant focus on female leadership, though in general with equal opportunities to all – regardless of demographics and background, as well as skills and competences.
Martin Mangan, General Manager, Conrad Dublin
My commitment to Balance for Better is to support each and every single one of my team to reach their full potential. I can do this by helping them break down any barriers that are in their way, whether real or perceived.