Women’s History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions of women around the world. This year, we are honoring our female team members at G6 Hospitality that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to leaving the light on for guests and exemplified this year’s theme of “break the bias,” proving there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

As we worked together to navigate the company during a period of historic hardship for the travel industry, these women played a critical role at G6.While women have made great strides in the hospitality industry, we recognize there is room for more progress to ensure they have a seat at the table. An inclusive workforce is critical in our industry, as we want to reflect the rich diversity of the guests we serve. At G6, we’re committed to gaining and retaining female talent and offering our continuous support as women have shouldered unprecedented burdens over these past few years.

In a recent interview with LODGING Magazine, Chief Legal Officer Ama Romaine discussed the launch of the company’s first Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) report and spoke about G6’s council on diversity, equity, and inclusion, which has helped the leadership team “think about things we need to do, [and] opportunities we need to create to be more diverse both within our company and our ownership base.” Chief Financial Officer Julie Arrowsmith also noted that developing a framework to measure diversity efforts report has “raised awareness and spurred change throughout the organization.”

Throughout the health crisis, we’ve seen women’s impact on business decisions – at G6 and across industries – based on their lived experiences of juggling work and home life demands.

For many years, G6 has sponsored AAHOA and AHLA initiatives to advance women in hospitality and participate in industry events. In addition, we are thrilled to see an increase in our female owners, both first-time franchisees and women who have stepped up to take over an existing family business.

During the same discussion with LODGING Magazine, Chief Development Officer Tina Burnett commented that both asking for and offering help are key in mentoring and developing a diverse workforce. Tina noted that, “it’s [her] job to give [team members] what they need to step outside of what they know, that there are people ready and willing to pull them up.”

During Women’s History Month and well beyond, we work to ensure women are represented and have a voice in our owners’ advisory councils and our young professional councils.

We’re thankful to have allies at G6 that understand the importance of providing opportunities for women to succeed at our company and in this industry. We will continue to uplift the next generation of female leaders and honor those who came before us.

— G6 Hospitality