Passionate, inclusive, and mission-driven
The ForWard Network unites women working in the hospitality industry that are passionate about the mission of ForWard — to mentor, educate, and lead women to the next level of their careers.
Who should join?
ForWard Network membership is not limited to any professional level or company type — it is open to anyone committed to the mission of advancing women in hospitality. Members of the network actively support the implementation of ForWard initiatives under the guidance of the ForWard Advisory Committee and gain access to resources specific to promoting diversity in the industry.
Why join the ForWard Network?
Women are at the forefront of solving issues in our industry now more than ever. With a growing number of women working in hospitality, it is time to share ideas and problem-solve with a network of engaged women.
Once registered, members of the ForWard Network gain access to special events and opportunities to connect with other professionals within the network some examples include:
- Quarterly calls and/or meetings where attendees hear from industry leaders, share ideas, and network with fellow members
- VIP networking opportunities hosted by AHLA Foundation as part of the ForWard initiative
- Opportunities to speak on behalf of the ForWard Network at local events and engagements near you
- Help growing the network through promotion to your personal network.
The ForWard brand launched in 2018 as an annual conference to recognize the women of the hospitality industry and champion the next generation of leaders. The annual conference serves as the ForWard program’s pinnacle event and provides attendees an opportunity to hear from hospitality industry leaders, learn and grow with tailored sessions, and network with peers.
The AHLA Foundation’s BUILD/ELEVATE programs accelerate the advancement of women in executive leadership. Participating women develop a foundation for career success through a year-long curriculum of skills-based workshops, career coaching and leadership coursework targeting five areas of knowledge including: executive presence, negotiation, advocacy, career development, networking.
The ForWardThinking Speaker Series helps hospitality students envision future career opportunities by highlighting the multitude of career resources and pathways the hospitality industry offers. During each session, panelists illustrate their varied carreer paths, leadership roles and family lives, and engage students in small group discussions that open the door to future networking opportunities.