In recent civic uprisings over racism in America, leaders of hospitality organizations are examining how the hotel industry recruits and promotes Blacks through the ranks. While Black workers overwhelmingly account for the number of front-line workers, there is a dearth of representation in the upper echelons of the industry. Peggy Berg, founder and president of Castell Project, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in leadership in the hospitality industry, decided to collect data on the number of Black men and women directors and senior executives in the hotel industry. What she found – or did not find – shocked her. “It’s one of these things that you know in the back of your mind, but when you actually see the numbers, it’s suddenly real.” This report is part of Long Live Lodging’s ongoing coverage of minority representation in hospitality leadership.
Many companies in the hotel industry claim they practice diversity in their hiring practices. When questioned about how many Black people they employ, most companies can back up their hiring outcomes with data. That’s all well and good, but what’s missing in most employment demographics is a measurement of how inclusive the company is not read more