Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In 2021, the AHLA Foundation committed to a five-year strategic plan and invested $5 million to advance DE&I across the hotel and lodging industry.

The hotel and lodging industry is diverse – yet representation decreases at the top. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 24% of people of color hold executive positions. Meanwhile, women represent one in three vice presidents and less than a quarter of EVP/SVPs – magnifying the increasing barriers to advancement faced by women. We are committed to advancing DE&I across the hotel and lodging industry according to a five-year strategic plan.

With a roadmap in place, we have already launched our Leadership Academy, mentorship program, a DE&I resource hub and a nationwide ad campaign to recruit top talent.

Guiding Principles

  • Diversifying representation at all levels to better serve our guests, associates, and communities.
  • Elevating inclusive leadership across corporate entities, properties, franchisees, and supplier networks.
  • Driving accountability and transparency to achieve measurable diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DE&I) results.
  • Fostering innovative approaches to scale DE&I within the industry.

Strategic Priorities

  • Driving DE&I at the leadership level
  • Driving DE&I across all talent levels
  • Developing a DE&I blueprint for the industry

AHLA Foundation’s DE&I Best Practices Guide

In collaboration with Korn Ferry, AHLA Foundation developed a DE&I best practices guide to help hotel leadership drive improvements in DE&I initiatives within their organizations.

Driving Change Starting From The Top

Training for executives focused on inclusive leadership.

Build Connections with AHLA Foundation’s Mentorship Program

Our mentorship program focuses on fostering personal and professional connections and further developing leaders.

Jennifer Clark Fugolo
Vice President of Advancement