Forbes names Choice Hotels one of the top companies for women

by: Felicity Cousins | November 2, 2023

US: Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors, has been named one of the “World’s Top Companies for Women 2023” by Forbes. 

This is the second consecutive year that Choice Hotels has been recognised on the list, which assesses companies on employer brand, public opinion and leadership scores.

Simone Wu, senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary & external affairs, Choice Hotels said: “We are honoured to be named one of Forbes’ top companies in the world for women for the second year in a row.

“This recognition reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring that our workplace supports the unique perspectives of all our associates and dedication to being a community where everyone can achieve personal and professional fulfilment.”

Examples of Choice’s good practices include:

  • An associate-led Choice Resource Group – the Women’s Business Alliance which connects Choice women with one another socially and professionally. The alliance promotes the growth and development of women, provides women leaders a forum to give back, and acts as a sounding board for women’s issues in the workplace;
  • Ideation by Choice associates led to the creation of the HERtels by Choice programme, an educational pathway that helps women entrepreneurs understand how to get finances in order as they move forward with hotel investment. Since its inception, the company has awarded more than 25 contracts specifically to women entrepreneurs.

Sally Bartas, chief talent and culture officer, Choice Hotels said: “This recognition by Forbes further reinforces that Choice has invested in its people, its platforms, and its value proposition – including but not limited to our employee resource groups, career advancement initiatives and so much more.”

Last year Choice won: Forbes: The Best Employers for Veterans (2022), Forbes: World’s Top Female Friendly Companies (2022), Human Rights Campaign: Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality (2022), and DEI: Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities (2022).

Last week we reported Hilton was named best workplace for women in the US by Fortune and Great Place to Work.

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Image: Choice Hotels International, Phoenix Corporate Headquarters, supplied