USTOA In Travel Weekly

Published Dec 18, 2019 12:00AM

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- The women attending the Women’s Leadership Initiative breakfast at the Phocuswright Conference here were up early in order to lean in.

The room was packed by 7:30 a.m. when analyst Claudia Unger took the stage to talk about new Phocuswright research on gender equality in the workplace. 

But from the research and subsequent discussions in the room, it seemed that gender parity -- and men’s and women’s perceptions of it -- mirrored the conference’s theme, “Are we there yet?”

The fact that the answer came up “not yet” didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at the breakfast, where more than a dozen tables of 10 were chaired by at least one “leadHER,” a female manager at a travel company selected by Phocuswright to lead group discussions and act as a potential mentor.

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