07 December 2017
BERLIN (December 7, 2017): The International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) has today announced an exciting partnership with Women Talk Real Estate. Launched in June this year, Women Talk Real Estate connects female real estate professionals with event organisers and media that are seeking presenters, panellists and spokespeople through an online database and offers training for successful stage presence. Its mission is to increase the visibility of female real estate professionals across Europe. Women Talk Real Estate is a non-profit organisation that provides its services for free and is supported by the industry.
Commenting on the partnership, Alexi Khajavi, Managing Director EMEA at Questex, organises of IHIF Berlin said: “We are committed to improving diversity at all our hospitality events. We currently have between 20-25% women speakers on our programmes, which is representative of the industry, but we want to do better. Our objective at IHIF 2018 is to have at least 30% women speakers on the programme. As one of the most high-profile events in the industry, we have a responsibility to showcase skilled, articulate and engaging women across our speaker programme. More than that though, crafting a schedule that is diverse in gender, ethnicity, culture and background ultimately creates a more dynamic event experience which benefits delegates, speakers, sponsors and partners.”
“Visibility matters. For individuals, being higher profile can bring better business opportunities and career progression while for the industry, it challenges stereotypes and increases the number of role models,” said Andrea Carpenter, Founding Director of Women Talk Real Estate. "We structured the initiative as a non-profit to ensure there are no barriers for our users and to achieve maximum collaboration with all the stakeholders ensuring the success of the mission, "said Viktorija Grubesic, Founding Partner of Women Talk Real Estate.
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About Questex Hospitality Group
Questex Hospitality Group serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to global GDP. Through our innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations. The Questex Hospitality+Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry via our proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as our network of live events.
About Women Talk Real Estate:
Women Talk Real Estate is a practical solution to increase the visibility of women in the industry. We connect female professionals with speaking and press opportunities and offer tailored training for women on all aspects of building a successful stage and media presence. We believe that visibility matters. For the individual, it brings about better business opportunities and career progression, and it also challenges stereotypes and provides role models for the benefit of the whole industry. We are a non-profit organisation helping the industry work together on improving gender diversity. We are funded through industry sponsorship, which enables us to offer our online network as a free service to our speakers, as well as to event organisers and the media. Press enquires: Anna Price/Kirsty Wilson, firstlight PR, +44 203 617 7240.
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