Kristie Dickinson, Managing Director, EVP, CHMWarnick

Kristie Dickinson

What initially impressed you to get into the hospitality enterprise? I caught the journey bug early in life. My father labored for an airline, so our journey depended completely on the standby checklist and which flights we may get on to along with his journey vouchers. My curiosity in journey led me to my first lodge job whereas in highschool, the place I began at as a PBX operator (keep in mind these!). The lodge was owned by Nestle Company, so the free chocolate didn’t damage both. I used to be additionally lucky to work for a feminine Normal Supervisor, a rarity that I didn’t totally admire on the time, and she or he took me below her wing. Over the course of my two years at that lodge, I gained skilled in practically each working division. Evidently, I used to be hooked.

Who had been a few of your mentors or position fashions, male or feminine, and what had been their most beneficial classes? I’ve been lucky to have many mentors and work with unimaginable leaders over the course of my hospitality consulting profession, each feminine and male. For starters, my mom—though not within the hospitality business—was in a occupation the place females had been outnumbered 20:1. I didn’t understand it on the time, however now trying again I drastically admire her braveness and willpower to pursue a profession that she was obsessed with whatever the odds. Probably the most precious classes I realized from my profession mentor of 20-plus years was merely to say “sure” to each and all alternatives that got here my approach. Be open and don’t take into consideration the entire explanation why you might not be prepared…belief your instincts and rise to the problem. She additionally burdened the significance of giving again and paving a path for others. 

In your opinion, how is the lodging business doing when it comes to getting ladies into management positions? The statistics converse for themselves, and we nonetheless have an extended approach to go. That being stated, the business is actively monitoring statistics now round ladies and minority illustration in govt roles, in addition to talking and attendance at main business conferences. Having a baseline to measure towards and enhancing consciousness is thanks largely to teams main the cost, akin to Castell Challenge (now an AH&LA Basis Challenge), She Has a Deal (SHaD) and now most of the main manufacturers, that are extra centered than ever on bringing ladies and minorities into management and in addition into possession. I’m additionally inspired by many business organizations which might be centered on creating extra numerous and inclusive communities, together with the ISHC (Worldwide Society of Hospitality Consultants), for which I serve on a board equally represented by ladies and men.       

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