Promoting Diversity in the Hospitality Industry

Julie Shenkman
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The hospitality industry employs over 8.8 million people, and it's estimated that more than 1.6 million new workers will be needed in the coming decade to keep up with demand.
Regrettably, many women and other minority groups seeking jobs in the hospitality industry continue to experience unfair barriers to employment, compensation inequities, and a paucity of career-building opportunities.
Organizations like and have sprung up to address some of these challenges and have become instruments for change. These two Internet communities enable high-quality hospitality industry employers and job seekers to find each other. They also allow hospitality industry employers to attract more minority and women job candidates to management positions. Other diversity organizations in the hospitality industry include:
Diversity in Lodging - American Hotel & Lodging Association. This area of the AH&LA website speaks to diversity issues in lodging with information on women in lodging and best practices.
Hospitality Industry Diversity Institute. A site that focuses on diversity education, training, and issue resolution affecting the hospitality industry and its workforce.
Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance. This national think tank promotes the economic benefits of diversity and inclusion in the foodservice and hospitality industry. The MFHA organizes national conferences and develops products that provide solutions and opportunities in diversity issues.
National Center for Minorities in Hospitality. NSMH is the premier professional organization for minority hospitality students.
National Multicultural Institute. This institute provides training and education for businesses about diversity management.
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Alex A. Kecskes has written hundreds of published articles on health/fitness, "green" issues, TV/film entertainment, restaurant reviews and many other topics. As a former Andy/Belding/One Show ad agency copywriter, he also writes web content, ads, brochures, sales letters, mailers and scripts for national B2B and B2C clients.

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  • Melissa Kennedy
    Melissa Kennedy
    Thanks for all of the really great commenta. A big thanks to Alex for sharing these wonderful resources!
  • Kristabelle
    Posts like this brighten up my day. Thanks for taking the time.
  • Skip
    Great post!
  • Gert
    Very true! Makes a change to see someone spell it out like that.
  • Lilly
    Thanks that's a great answer!
  • Henrietta
    I feel so much happier now I understand all this. Thanks!

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