We invite you to join us for our exclusive networking event to celebrate the remarkable strength, talent, and resilience of women in hotels and accommodation. In 2023, the industry continues to face a gender imbalance, where women remain underrepresented in leadership positions.
The Women in Accommodation networking breakfast offers the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and explore the unique challenges women face within the industry.
Join our distinguished panel of experts as they share invaluable insights gained from their own remarkable careers. Discover the lessons they’ve learned along the way, the advice they would give to their younger selves, and the strategies they employed to overcome challenges and seize opportunities for success in their careers. So, mark your calendar and get ready to rise and shine!
First release tickets are only $45 if you sign up during your registration process today!
Renae Trimble, CEO, Accor Plus
Deanna Varga, CEO & Founder, Mayvin Global
Melissa Gruse, Group Director, Crystalbrook Collection
Victoria Peterson, Director of Marketing Communications, Langham Hospitality Group
Nicole Downs, Group Director, People and Performance, Ovolo
Kim Mahaffy, General Manager, Pier One Sydney Harbour
Felicity Arthur, General Manager, SKYE Suites & Hotels
|START TIME||FINISH TIME||AGENDA|
|07:45||08:25||Registration, light standing breakfast, coffee, networking|
|08:25||08:30||Welcome by Host|
|08:30||09:10||On reflection: Lessons Learned and Advice to my Younger Self. Leaders from Accor, IHG Hotels & Resorts and Crystalbrook will share insights gained from their own remarkable careers. Discover the lessons they’ve learned, the advice they would give to their younger selves, and the strategies they employed to overcome challenges along the way.|
|09:10||09:45||On Breaking Barriers: Career Journeys Shared. Our panel of inspiring female accommodation professionals will share their unique lessons about courage and resilience, reimagining what’s possible, challenging the status quo, overcoming diversity, and paving the path forward for others.|
|09:45||10:00||Refreshments and networking|
|10:00||NoVacancy Expo opens|
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Schedule meetings with our easy-to-use matchmaking software that helps you identify exhibitors and other attendees you’d like to meet. This platform will help you plan your day, discover recommended companies and peers you should meet with or simply enhance your networking at NoVacancy. Here’s how it works:
1. REGISTER FOR THE EVENT
• Use your own email address
• Make sure you select YES when asked if you want access to the meetings platform
• Look out for your exclusive email invite a few weeks before the event
2. TELL US WHO’D YOU LIKE TO MEET
• View your recommended matches
• Use filters to find the attendees and exhibitors most interested in connecting with
• To send a meeting request, simply click ‘MEET’ – don’t forget to add a friendly message
3. MEET THEM AT NOVACANCY
• You will be sent reminders ahead of your scheduled meetings
• Meeting times are scheduled in 20-minute time blocks
• Meetings will take place at the exhibitors’ stands or at designated meeting areas.