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How Women Are Changing The Hotel Industry

Emily Goldfischer, former hotel executive and founder of web platform hertelier. HERTELIER

By Larry Olmsted

International Women’s Day is March 8, and for years the focus of this column, The Great Life, has been on travel. I’ve been covering the hotel and destination industry for as long as I can remember, so it seemed fitting to take this occasion celebrate the accomplishments of the many talented women working, often behind the scenes, in this crazy business we all love.

So, today I have turned to an expert on the topic, Emily Kanders Goldfischer. I’ve known Emily for more than two decades, since back to when she was a Vice President at Loews Hotels in New York. A graduate of the prestigious Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration and self-professed “hotel nerd,” today she lives in London and is the founder of hertelier, a new platform she launched in the midst of the pandemic, with the hope of inciting a movement to inform, connect and empower women to lead the hotel industry as it is building back after an unprecedented battering by COVID-19. She explained that despite making up more than 50% of the lodging workforce, women are still grossly underrepresented in the top management of hotels, but that discernible change is happening. To facilitate this, she created hertelier as a space for women to learn, share and lead the industry… continue reading



Award-winning travel journalist Larry Olmsted is the author of “Real Food, Fake Food.” He is a Contributing Editor to US Airways Magazine and Cigar Aficionado Magazine and “The Great Life” columnist for Forbes.com. His newest book is“Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happer, Healthier, and More Understanding.” 

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