The industry-wide forum is exclusively for female hospitality professionals presenting an opportunity to connect with top professionals nationwide, gain career momentum, develop leadership competencies and engage in the political process relating to women in the hospitality industry.
“We are so pleased at NHLA to be able to bring this opportunity to our industry’s women. Providing leadership, resources, education, mentoring and networking is our focus for this important and dynamic chapter in Nevada,” says Diane Gandy, senior vice president, Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association.
NHLA partners with AHLA WIL national organization
AHLA WIL is a strong organization committed to promoting women’s leadership and professional career advancement within the lodging industry. By being a member of NHLA WIL, access to high powered women who empower other women is a significant benefit.
“We are incredibly thrilled that Nevada is launching a Women in Lodging Chapter. The hospitality industry in Nevada is one of the largest in the country and filled with incredibly talented women who work hard not only to provide the best experiences for their guests but more importantly, who mentor young, rising stars, so that they can find a solid foothold in the hotel business. Women in Lodging is an excellent venue for professional and personal growth and we couldn’t be more excited for the great work that Diane and the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association are doing for women in hospitality,” states Rosanna Maietta, Senior Vice President of Communications and AH&LA WIL Staff Liaison.
Officers for the Nevada chapter include:
- Chairperson: Mary Giuliano, General Manager, Vdara Hotel and Spa
- Vice Chairperson: Shannon McCallum, Executive Director Hotel Operations, Aria Resort and Casino
- Executive Vice President: Diane Gandy, Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association
Along with the officers, founding WIL Council members include Mary Ann Burns, Boyd Group; Lyra Hynie, Tropicana; Dr. Toni Repetti, UNLV; Ronna Timpa, Workplace ESL.
“The launch of the NHLA Women in Lodging Chapter is a progressive approach to engage women in lodging and create a forum to develop leadership of women in our industry. It will open new opportunities of networking and education to foster overall professional and personal growth,” states Mary Giuliano, NV WIL Chairperson.
State membership is free to all women employed at NHLA hotel member organizations, regardless of position within the company.
Men wishing to support the mission of WIL may also become a member at no cost, as long as their company is a NHLA member.
NHLA allied members may join the state chapter and participate in state events and activities through NHLA WIL.
About Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association
The Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association is the leading industry association in Nevada and one of the strongest in the USA. Since 1979, NHLA has been the unifying voice for Nevada’s multi-billion dollar resort and lodging industry. With over 200 hotels and industry supporting vendor members, NHLA is the state’s largest industry advocate. The mission is to serve the lodging industry by providing representation at the local, state and national levels in industry affairs; provide comprehensive and robust educational resources and programs; offer valued member benefits; provide industry communications and value-added member based services.